Chris Trevor says Labor government will grow LNG industry
GLADSTONE has been a big part of Australia's resources boom, and Federal Labor says it will work to keep the LNG industry expanding.
If re-elected, ALP candidate Chris Trevor said a Labor government would put an advocate on the ground in Houston, the global hydrocarbon capital of the western world, to encourage international companies to use Australian facilities and workers.
Mr Trevor was also out around the region, with funding announcements to light up Burnett region sporting grounds and fix Bundaberg's port sea wall.
Local Queensland companies had benefited enormously from the $60 billion in LNG investments under development in Gladstone, he said.
"Our local businesses have up-skilled and expanded their product and service offerings," Mr Trevor said.
Resources Minister Gary Gray told the Observer the service would begin immediately following the election.
"Instead of a company needing to bring their technology and workers, we want people in the LNG industry to know the ongoing support and maintenance jobs can be done by Australians," he said.
"If we get our new developments up and the new train on Curtis Island, we could one day be the world's largest producer of LNG - and that brings with it a range of commercial opportunities.
Mr Trevor also announced, alongside Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon, $3.5 million to restore the Bundaberg Port sea wall and $721,689 for four lighting projects in the North Burnett region, as part of Labor's federal election funding commitments to Flynn.
Mr Fitzgibbon said the four lighting projects were priorities for football and cricket grounds in the communities of Gayndah, Mundubbera and Monto.
"Locals have been campaigning for better lighting for fields for some time, to improve safety for players and allow players to train or play when it gets dark," he said.
Mr Trevor said clubs would be able to maximise the use of the sports fields.