Wide Bay misses out on major projects for next five years

BUNDABERG and the Fraser Coast regions have missed out on seeing any major projects built in the regions in the next five years.

A report released on Tuesday outlines all projects valued $100 million or more planned for Queensland.

Among them include Bruce Hwy upgrades in northern Queensland, mining projects and railway lines.

The Galilee and Surat basins set to reap most of the benefits while there has not been any projects listed for the Bundaberg or Fraser Coast areas.

Construction Skills Queensland chief operating officer Paul Hodgson said not having a resources industry close to the area meant there were not many projects worth more than $100 million to be developed.

But that does not mean the areas are completely missing out.

"Bundaberg in the last year or so has had reconstruction activity out of the floods," Mr Hodgson said.

"And there is still an influx I understand of people into Hervey Bay.

"But we're not seeing a lot of major projects in the area."

He said the areas were in the "shadow" area of the state where there was not a lot of resources.

"And then there is not a huge amount of commercial industrial area."

The report, issued by Queensland Major Contractors Association and CSQ, showed major projects were expected to bottom-out in the next financial year.

- APN NEWSDESK



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