Power Job Gives Local Economy a Surge; Big Boost for Motels and Hotels as Contract Workers Pour into Rocky for $27M Project

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Byline: Chris Schwarten Chris.Schwarten@capnews.com.au

IT'S BUSINESS as usual for Daniel Schofield, but the boilermaker will be contributing to an influx of more than $8.5 million to the Rockhampton economy as he begins an overhaul of the Stanwell power station.

Owners of motels, hotels and caravan parks and restaurants are among those who will benefit from the $27.4 million overhaul, which has contracted more than 600 people from all over the state.

Daniel, who is regularly contracted to similar jobs, said he estimates his spending to be about $600-$700 a week while away from home.

Stanwell's acting site manager James Oliver said the overhaul of two of the power station's electricity generation units would provide a big economic stimulus for Central Queensland until its expected completion on September 2. C[pounds sterling]We are employing about 600 contractors for our unit 2 and unit 1 overhauls, in addition to our normal workforce of 235 people,C[yen] Mr Oliver said.

C[pounds sterling]During the day, Rockhampton is seeing many more workers in high visibility buying food and other daily necessities.

C[pounds sterling]At night, our out-of-town contractors are occupying about 450 beds in paid accommodation.''

Mr Oliver said contractors who came from the local region would spend even more of their wages in the area where they lived. …