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Industry group calls on State Government to bring focus to Mackay


A statement from Resource Industry Group Chair, Tony Caruso

20,000 jobs have been lost in the resource sector across Queensland in the past two years, with Mackay, Isaac and the Whitsundays bearing the brunt of many of these.

Many more than just 200 jobs in one particular company, Mackay’s entire mining, manufacturing and engineering sector has been hard hit by the plunging coal prices, with spending by the mining houses down 30% in the Mackay region. In fact, 7000 jobs have disappeared in the past 12 months.

Mackay is the largest economic contributor to state coffers in the Northern region yet we are continually overlooked for Government assistance and job-creating opportunities.

We have well-established, ready-to-go infrastructure and a highly-skilled workforce yet the Palaszczuk Government has again flown past us, instead taking its focus to Townsville as the ‘major regional centre’ for the North.

Resource Industry Network calls on the State Government to bring some of its focus to our region as our members are hurting significantly. 

We suggest the Government look at ways of getting vital Galilee Basin projects out of the courts, where they are being held up by anti-coal activists who are costing our regions jobs. Supporting these projects through to the construction phase would create jobs, ease the significant pressure on local industry and open up great opportunities for regions.  

Mackay is taking proactive steps to diversify through the establishment of the Diversify Mackay Leadership Alliance and would like to see the State Government get behind some of the projects that this group has worked hard to identify to also create opportunities outside of the direct mining related work, including in the tourism, education and construction industries.

Mackay, Isaac and the Whitsundays has had its hand up for long enough. It’s now time for the State Government to call on us. 

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