Workers seek jobs outside of city

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A lack of construction work in Gladstone has resulted in some locals moving elsewhere in search of jobs.

A large number of construction workers have moved to Darwin to work on the Liquefied Natural gas Project.

Bert Bowman moved to Darwin last year after completing work on the Comalco Alumina Refinery.

Mr Bowman said he knew of about 20 or 30 Gladstone people who had moved to the area to work on the project.

"Most of us just come up here for 12 to 15 months work, but you never know what will happen,'' he said.

Mr Bowman said the reason most of the workers went to Darwin was because of a lack of similar work in Gladstone and the money offered at the project.

Monadelphous Engineering Gladstone manager Alan Manning said there were a lot of locals looking for construction or maintenance-related work.

"You get people coming in all the time (looking for work),'' he said.

Mr Manning added that they currently had an employment da-tabase with about 700 people on it looking for construction work.

Mr Manning said while Monadelphous had regular maintanence contracts around Gladstone, it ramped up employment during major construction projects, something that wasn't required at present.



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