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Queensland politicians meet to discuss jobs in Mackay

The prospects for people seeking jobs in Mackay could be about to improve, with Queensland government officials meeting in the city to discuss a range of projects aimed at boosting local employment opportunities.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with other members of the Working Queensland Cabinet Committee, including Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath and Minister for Employment Grace Grace.

The panel met with various authority figures and industry organisations, including Mackay Regional Council Mayor Deirdre Comerford and Queensland Resources CEO Michael Roche.

“The meeting was an important opportunity for cabinet ministers to meet locally to discuss local projects and opportunities for future economic growth and employment,” Ms Palaszczuk explained.

“I am determined for the Working Queensland Cabinet Committee to tour the regions before the Budget on June 14. The issues and opportunities put before us today will be part of the deliberations in the preparation of the next state.”

According to the Palaszczuk government, there are many projects underway in and around Mackay that could provide a boost for local jobs. This includes many construction initiatives, which may offer trades-based apprentices in Queensland the chance to work on exciting schemes that build the regional economy.

Projects creating jobs in Mackay

The state government’s Accelerated Works Program (AWP) is expected to support 177 Mackay jobs, with $75 million of projects in the works. The Vines Creek Bridges venture is a major part of the program, costing $28 million and requiring 42 full-time employees to deliver the finalised proposal.

Aside from the AWP, a $5.6 million contract for the Dudley Denny City Library renovation was recently awarded to Mackay contractor Fergus Builders. Mayor Comerford described the initiative as a much-needed boost for the region’s employment.

“Not only will this project provide crucial construction jobs during one of the lowest construction cycles in our region, it will also deliver a hi-tech facility to help our young people aspire for the jobs of the future,” she explained.

Meanwhile, the Working Queensland Cabinet Committee supported the commencement of health care projects throughout Mackay, including various refits at Bowen, Sarina, Dysart, Moranbah, Proserpine and Clermont hospitals. The combined value of the refurbishments is $4.5 million, and the projects will support 18 construction jobs in Mackay.

A further $3.8 million will go towards replacement amenities at the Cannonvale Volunteer Marine Rescue Boat Ramp, the Abel Point Pontoon and Gargett State School. These projects will support another 11 Queensland jobs.

By Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator

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