Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Opportunity Knocks for Coast Tradies in State's Booming Mining and Gas Industries Jobs in the Offing at Gas and Mining Expo

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Opportunity Knocks for Coast Tradies in State's Booming Mining and Gas Industries Jobs in the Offing at Gas and Mining Expo

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Byline: KIERAN CAMPBELL kieran.campbell@scnews.com.au

A JOBS rush could spell a bonanza for the Sunshine Coast with thousands expected to cash in on the booming mining and gas industries.

Up to 2000 people are expected at a Mining and Gas Jobs Expo in Caloundra tomorrow where some skilled workers could be recruited on the spot.

It is a sign of the exploding industry that is forecast to create 38,000 jobs over the next five years.

Industry experts expect it will solve employment issues in areas like the Sunshine Coast where trade jobs are faltering.

aIt's a very exciting industry a unemployment will reduce by virtue of this massively growing industry,a Glenn Porter, the chief executive officer of Energy Skills Queensland, said yesterday.

THE Sunshine Coast's unemployment rate has grown to 6.12% as development has slowed over many months.

Labourers will find work outside the region at tomorrow's expo, which will spruik the job opportunities at the three big growing districts in Queensland.

Mr Porter said the bulk of the new jobs were in liquid and coal seam gas projects in Central Queensland, the Bowen Basin and the Surat Basin.

aThere would be a lot of people on the Sunshine Coast who have some really good skills that may be reasonably attractive for the resources and energy industry,a Mr Porter said.

aThere will be recruitment companies looking to employ people now. There will be more jobs becoming available in 2012 as the industry really starts to ramp up.a

Mayor Bob Abbot said there were opportunities to cash in on the country's two-speed economy.

aThere are a lot of people on the Coast looking for jobs ... and many people come here because they want to be here and they're possibly not looking for work elsewhere,a Cr Abbot said.

aThe opportunities are there, the people are here.a

Cr Abbot said there were opportunities for people to spend a couple of years as fly-in fly-out workers or live permanently in areas of the state where the energy industry was booming. …

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