Gas Industry Fires Up Growth in Jobs

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Byline: OWEN JACQUES APN NEWSDESK

CHUNKS of central and southern Queensland will be doing much of the state's heavy economic lifting until the end of the decade, with a new report predicting waves of gas-industry development.

Although coal prices remain troubled, expansive coal seam gas fields near Toowoomba and enormous refineries off Gladstone will demand thousands of workers but from other regional centres including Mackay and Rockhampton.

The Queensland forecasts come less than a week after the New South Wales Government announced it would not allow new gas exploration applications for nine months.

Last week, NSW Resources Minister Anthony Roberts said there would be no new licences to explore until September 26 when the government will have developed a new policy.

The Annual Skills Priority Report from Deloitte Access Economics is a result of the Queensland Ministerial Industry Commission which included business, industry figures and academics to put together training reforms.

The report is being presented to Education and Training Minister John-Paul Langbroek today by Assistant Further Education Minister and commission chair Saxon Rice. …