MIN­ERS IN HUNT FOR WORK­ERS Jobs out­look brighter in up­turn

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

Townsville has been re­peat­edly robbed in the con­struc­tion of in­fra­struc­ture in our re­gion. It’s an in­dus­try stitch- up that leaves lo­cal work­ers and firmsf in the cold and on the bones of their be­hinds. NORTH Queens­land’s min­ing sec­tor has fi­nally started to turn around, with in­dus­try ex­perts pre­dict­ing that while the re­gion won’t see an­other jobs boom, fu­ture em­ploy­ment would be more sus­tain­able.

There were 97 jobs ad­ver­tised on Seek. com. au yes­ter­day for the min­ing, re­sources and en­ergy sec­tor in Townsville and North Queens­land. The sec­tor also recorded solid growth from April to June, with the num­ber of job ad­ver­tise­ments on Seek. com. au ris­ing by 129 per cent.

Queens­land Re­sources Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Macfarlane said there were pos­i­tive signs.

“Com­pa­nies are hir­ing peo­ple and we’ve seen BMA ( BHP Mit­subishi Al­liance) go out and look for peo­ple ( in Townsville) a lit­tle while ago,” he said.

“Adani is still wait­ing to kick off but they’re out there and they’ve had a very strong re­sponse to the ad­ver­tise­ments that they’ve put in the pa­per.”

Mr Macfarlane said while the North would not see an­other min­ing boom, jobs would be­come more sus­tain­able.

“There’s no doubt that the re­sources in­dus­try is back in town,” he said. “I was at the Min­ing and Ex­plo­ration Con­fer­ence at Noosa on Thurs­day and the feel­ing was pos­i­tive across the board.”

CBC Staff Selec­tion di­rec­tor Chris Cun­samy said the Townsville re­cruit­ing busi­ness JOBS COUNTER Jobs ad­ver­tised in Townsville yes­ter­day had been con­tacted by a num­ber of com­pa­nies in the min­ing sec­tor look­ing for work­ers. “It is pos­i­tive,” he said. “To be hon­est we don’t want to go back to the boom.”

Adani spokesman Ron Watson said the In­dian com­pany was sens­ing an in­creased in­ter­est in min­ing jobs.

“There are a num­ber of pro­jects new and old, and by that I mean ex­pan­sions go­ing through fi­nal stages of ap­proval,” he said.

“That’s all good news the sec­tor and the re­gion.”

He said the turn­around was be­ing recorded mainly in Cen­tral and North Queens­land.

“It’s show­ing that it’s a com- for pe­t­i­tive mar­ket,” he said. “The Hunter Val­ley, that’s a $ 3.5 bil­lion vote of con­fi­dence in the fu­ture of Aus­tralia and any­one that thinks that Glen­core wasn’t look­ing to ex­pand op­er­a­tions is kid­ding them­selves.

“There’s the on­go­ing myth that our mine is go­ing to pinch jobs but there’s a num­ber of new jobs go­ing up ev­ery­where.

“On top of that, In­done­sia has an­nounced they are re­duc­ing by more than half its coal ex­ports over the next three to four years. There’s a lot of el­bow room left in the mar­ket from our point of view.”

Mr Watson said Adani’s “mar­ket gut” told them there was in­creas­ing de­mand in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

“It’s im­por­tant to dis­cuss the flow­backs to the re­gions,” he said. “We’re even cre­at­ing jobs for the ac­tivists.

“They’re ad­ver­tis­ing po­si­tions for co- or­di­na­tors in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne for $ 70,000 to $ 100,000 for a job.”

IAN MACFARLANE ( PIC­TURED)

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