Jobs open up in the west

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A SEC­OND re­sources boom is cre­at­ing a wealth of jobs in western Queens­land, as gas com­pa­nies make head­way on their lat­est projects.

Across the region, 106 jobs are cur­rently open across projects run by Yan­coal, Ar­row En­ergy, and Senex, and more po­si­tions are ex­pected to come as the com­pa­nies ramp up their op­er­a­tions.

Senex alone ex­pects to cre­ate more than 200 jobs around the Su­rat Basin in the next 12 months on sites like Roma North and Project At­las at Wan­doan.

“To pre­pare for the ex­pan­sion in our Roma op­er­a­tions, Senex has ad­ver­tised through­out the Su­rat Basin for pro­duc­tion op­er­a­tors and con­struc­tion su­per­vi­sors, and the re­cruit­ment process is still un­der way for these roles,” a Senex spokesman said.

“Dur­ing con­struc­tion many peo­ple will be re­quired over a pe­riod of months to pro­vide spe­cial­ist skills needed to build the in­fra­struc­ture, and in to­tal across these projects, Senex will be cre­at­ing more than 250 con­struc­tion jobs, in­clud­ing about 50 at Roma North.”

The re­sources in­dus­try looks to be buck­ing a na­tional trend of ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment, with the lat­est num­bers from the Queens­land Re­sources Coun­cil show­ing a big jump in avail­able jobs.

“In the year to date, the un­em­ploy­ment rate in re­sources re­gions has been sub­stan­tially lower than the na­tional rate, while the most re­cent jobs fig­ures from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics show Queens­land’s trend un­em­ploy­ment rate is now at 6.3 per cent,” QRC CEO Michael Mac­far­lane said.

“Then, in the three years to April 2019, the num­ber of job ad­ver­tise­ments for min­ing- re­lated oc­cu­pa­tions has in­creased by 94 per cent, whereas the num­ber of job ad­ver­tise­ments across all in­dus­tries in­creased by just 6 per cent.

“The re­sources sec­tor is hir­ing, and the ma­jor­ity of jobs are in re­gional ar­eas; those jobs are ready for the tak­ing for peo­ple who want to have a go in re­gional Queens­land.”

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NEW BOOM: Hun­dreds of jobs are open­ing up around the Su­rat Basin as ma­jor com­pa­nies get their lat­est projects off the ground. Senex alone ex­pects to hire at least 250 peo­ple around Roma and Wan­doan in the next 12 months.

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