Building activity in Gladstone returns to pre-gas levels

GLADSTONE isn't exppecting any new heavy engineering projects in the near future, but there's a steady requirement to replace traditional construction roles as older workers retire.

Construction Skills Queensland, an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the construction industry, is also stepping into the digital age with a new approach to assist the state's construction industry.

CSQ chief executive Brett Schimming said Gladstone was seeing the slow down of the residential, civil and commercial sector as industry-related construction tapered.

"We're starting to see a return to residential activity and commercial activity that's more in tune with the Gladstone industry pre-gas," he told The Observer.

"There's no looming skills shortage but there's still always a steady requirement to replace those who leave more traditional trades such as carpenters and plumbers."

He said Gladstone wouldn't experience a growth from role replacement, but rather it was a reflection of the cyclical nature of the industry.

"Nothing's stopping; we're just going back to the new normal."

Mr Schimming said the flow of work in house building was also steadying.

"We're starting to see southern contractors return south, which is good for the local construction sector."

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