Forget LNG: Council one of the biggest employers

AS construction slows and people are feeling the squeeze to find reliable work, Gladstone Regional Council has reminded operators they are one of the biggest employers in town.

This financial year yields a council budget of $280 million, and more than $100 million in capital works projects.

Two key messages the council presented at last week's Gladstone Engineering Alliance Major Industry Conference were that the council was a large organisation with a significant and consistent budget.

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And it had a vast array of services, the conference was also told.

Contracts and facilities manager Mark Larney said it wasn't a surprise that some areas were likely to see a downturn, and that reflected economic fluctuations.

"The reality is the Gladstone region will remain a great place to live and invest," he said.

He said the council was a key customer to many local businesses, and this year's budget gave a number of opportunities for work despite being lower than last year.

"The major reason is the reduction in flood damage work," he said.

"It was the largest project last and this year; a quarter of our capital program."

He said he hoped the council's budget would be further increased, due to a number of funding applications before the State Government.

"Tenders cover a large range of goods and services," he said.

"And only 17% of tenders (where there was a local tenderer) were won by non- locals."

MAJOR PROJECTS 2014-15:

  • Phillip Street Community Precinct Stage 1a $5.4m
  • Asphalt overlays and bitumen reseals $5.3m
  • Agnes Water Sewerage Pump Station $3.9m
  • Boyne Island Bridge Investigation and Design $3.5m


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