News

Call to give oil refinery jobs to local workers

GLADSTONE already has the workforce to build the proposed $700m oil refinery and doesn't need FIFO workers, a union organiser says.

The Curtis Island gas projects might have bought fly-in, fly-out workers to town, but it also gave Gladstone workers the chance to upskill.

Amid calls for a FIFO-free workforce, Gladstone Australian Metal Workers' Union organiser Phil Golby said there were enough people on the ground to build and operate the US$700 million refinery announced this week.

"We don't need another FIFO workforce," Mr Golby said. "We have the expertise.

"FIFO robs us of training opportunities for new apprentices and that's something we need to replace the old workforce as people retire."

The joint venture has not yet passed approvals phase, but construction should begin within the next two years.

The project's leader Duncan Mackenzie agrees with Mr Golby.

He knows what the community faced during the LNG boom and he's no fan of FIFO either.

"It's going to be a Gladstone company and we want Gladstone people," Mr Mackenzie said.

"There is a definite preference for hiring from the local workforce from both an operational and efficiency perspective.

"When construction is finished there's no debate about it - the operational workforce will have to reside locally."

The announcement also raised fears of another housing crisis.

But real estate agent Darryl Branthwaite said fears of soaring rent prices were likely misplaced.

"Let's just wait and see before we hit the panic buttons," Mr Branthwaite said.

"It will increase demand for housing, but Gladstone is in a much better position to handle something of this nature."

WHAT YOU SAID ON FACEBOOK:

Grant William Nichols: I wonder if this story is only to stimulate the real estate market in the Gladstone area, hmmm.

Aaron Simpson: 18 months before construction will start. They have to get their approvals in check first. I love how people don't read an article and panic.

Laurie Sch Hope: It's not another Bolder Steel pipe dream.

Mel Blunt: Yep watch the rents skyrocket. Worst thing about Gladstone other than the pollution.

Gayle Bianchi: Great news for Gladstone and the businesses, and as its only 1000 construction people required rents should not be a problem as there are plenty of rental properties in this town now. So no need for anyone to panic

Ray Honeybone: Great news. But hope they only employ locals . No FIFO.. That has killed this town.. We need confidence in business to invest .. A fifo work force doesn't allow this.

Pippy Longstocking: There goes the rent. No hope of me getting back there any time soon.

Mike Groat: Gary Doherty Justin Abel, might be dangling a carrot for us not to leave tho.

Darren Dyason: Gladstone council will be licking their lips. Great excuse to put up rates.

Nome Michanicos: Kim Elcoate Shane can work here and you won't have to move!!

Nena Lee: Great news - let's make sure the money stays in Gladstone and the decision makers, planners actually think about infrastructure that Gladstone needs - maybe they need to have a look at Darwin and see what they have done to embrace all the new industries being built up there!! Ie catering for locals and permanent operational families after construction.

Topics:  editors picks, fifo




Magistrate sends man's 'serious' sex act case to ditsrict court

FILE PHOTO: Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon St.

Sex intruder case 'serious', goes to District Court

Bail refused for man accused of having 7.6g ice in car

FILE PHOTO: Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon St.

Bail refused for fencer after police find ice in his car

Five things you need to know today

Stay up to date and check out these five things

Latest deals and offers

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Kooza takes circus-goers back to Cirque Du Soleil's roots

The high wire act as featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza.

NEW show puts the skills of the performers front and centre.

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Gladstone landlords in trouble with Bechtel job losses

"If a big project was announced tomorrow I wouldn't want to see it"