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Surat Basin jobs growth ‘set to continue’

Surat Basin jobs growth ‘set to continue’

Many different job opportunities will arise in the Surat Basin, says CEO

The Surat Basin is set to continue experiencing jobs growth in 2013, with one property development expert claiming the resources boom will ensure future employment opportunities.

Jason van Hooft, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Surat Basin Property Group, told the Toowoomba Chronicle that it is an exciting time for the region.

He claimed investment in the mining, water, gas, transport, energy and resources industries totals nearly $22 billion – which will translate into around 10,000 direct jobs.

And Australian coal seam gas explorer QGC recently held an event for around 250 companies that outlined local projects it has in the pipeline.

There could also be opportunities for apprenticeships in Surat Basin, with Mr Van Hooft claiming there are various areas where skills gaps may exist further down the line.

Candidates across many professions will be needed over the next 20 years, the CEO added, including chefs, truck drivers, nurses, trades workers, livestock farmers, drillers and factory workers.

However, he urged governments and agencies to work together to ensure construction and homebuilding initiatives are fast-tracked for delivery so there are enough homes to cope with this influx of people.

“Rents have also increased significantly and there is a real risk that residential property will become unaffordable for many members of the community unless the supply pipeline is not significantly increased,” he explained.

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