LNG keeps region buoyant as mining boom passes

THE developing LNG export industry has helped our region stave off slowing prosperity experienced elsewhere as Australia's mining boom passes its peak, according to the recently released State of the Regions report.

The Australian Local Government Association report says construction, education and mining industries employ the most people in the Fitzroy Central West region, which includes Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Retraining of locals, currently employed in construction, to work in other industries should be a key concern as construction of LNG plants on Curtis Island winds down, according to the report author, National Economics' Peter Hylands.

Youth disengagement is also an emerging problem, with an increasing number of people aged 20-24 engaged in neither work nor study.

The role of Gladstone-based training organisations such as Education Queensland and Industry Partnership, which provides training to encourage students to enter the workforce, is likely to increase as Gladstone adjusts, says EQIP's Cherie Topfer.

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