'Don't need city folk': Thousands of construction jobs
THOUSANDS of jobs for those in the building trade will be created by the construction of 57 beach homes at Rules Beach.
Bright Life Homes in Agnes Water, the biggest building company in town, is one of four local builders already working on pricing and quotes for the project.
Operations manager Amanda Rapley said if the 57 homes were built in the projected two-year period it would be the biggest project her company had ever taken on, although she expects more than one builder would be involved.
"This will potentially employ thousands of people when you consider all the tradesmen, the upkeep and the construction in general needed," Ms Rapley said. Bright Life employs only contractors from the Gladstone and Bundaberg regions and Ms Rapley said her company was vying for the contract to ensure the jobs were kept locally.
"We hope it goes ahead for the sake of the region, the local area and all the local workers."
Developers of the Rules Beach resort intend to only use local businesses and contractors.
"Hiring locals is really important to us. We know we don't need to bring city folk up there," Tareeda property developer John Callanan said.
However the work will likely be staggered and about 15 homes need to sell before construction on houses will start, expected in 2017.