WHEN QR National announced its agreement to construct the $900-million Wiggins Island Rail Project, the first thing we wanted to know was: will it create jobs for people already in our region?
The project will create a rail system to carry coal from the mines to the new terminal on Wiggins Island. QR National says it will create up to 3000 jobs.
A QR National spokesman said the company recognises the benefits of employing locally.
"We envisage that a significant number of skilled locals will be required to work on the project across the Gladstone, Rockhampton, Central Highlands and Banana regions," he said.
"Contracts will be awarded on a competitive basis, and appointed contractors will be responsible for workforce recruitment in the project regions. It is the expectation of QR National that contractors will ensure that locals are provided with full, fair and equitable opportunities for work on the project," he said.
"QR National will work with the Industry Capability Network (ICN) to ensure that the Gladstone community is provided with information on local opportunities in an equitable and timely manner."
"QR National will be seeking expressions of interest for major construction contracts from October."
"To deliver the Wiggins Island Rail Project by early 2015, we need people with a wide variety of skills ranging from labourers, concreters, surveyors and plant operators to engineering and administrative staff."
The spokesman said QR National will use contractors for most works, including civil construction, overhead wiring, and signal installation. Track construction is expected to be undertaken in-house.
Goods and services considered suitable for local sourcing in Gladstone:
Ballast, blasting, building materials, camps / accommodation, cleaning services, concreting, crane hire, drilling and bore construction, formwork, granular quarry products, labour, office support / administration, piling, plant hire, pre-cast drainage, products, revegetation, steel fixing and concrete placement, scaffolding and falsework, traffic management, transport, weed control