Concrete problem Jobs lost as projects dry up
JOBS in construction and engineering are disappearing as Queensland’s infrastructure sector faces a shortage of new work.
More than six months after the Palaszczuk Government took office, Infrastructure Association of Queensland executive director Roger Black says the lack of big-ticket projects and a steady infrastructure pipeline has hit jobs and confidence within the sector.
“Where we are in Queensland at the moment is that confidence is not there,” he said.
Mr Black blamed both the former LNP government and the current government for not doing more to create work in a bid to prevent larger firms pushing smaller operators out of the picture.
The IAQ – whose members include major consultancies, and engineering and construction firms – says the most recent state Budget has failed to produce a stream of larger projects.
“What that’s tended to do is encourage the big end of town to compete further down the food chain,” Mr Black said.
Big firms were now chasing smaller projects, displacing smaller firms.
Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad agreed an infrastructure pipeline was “essential” for con- fidence and accused the Newman government of failing to provide one.
“Our government was elected with a commitment to deliver that pipeline through the State Infrastructure Plan within 12 months of taking office,” she said.
An Opposition spokeswoman said the LNP stood by “its record of delivering and investing in vital infrastructure while in government and remains the only party with a plan for infrastructure”.