Workshop participants help shape gas industry's future

GLADSTONE industry and community representatives have helped shape the direction of the resources sector as part of the State Government's ResourcesQ initiative.

About 50 people sat down at the Grand Hotel last Tuesday to discuss the long-term vision to drive growth and jobs in Queensland.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the event allowed those on the ground to provide input into the 30-year vision and action plan.

"This workshop will ensure the long-term vision and action plan is developed with an understanding of the regional issues and opportunities in Gladstone for the sector," he said.

"It is important the central Queensland and Burnett regions are involved in the ResourcesQ process, with the booming CSG-LNG industry moving into the production phase."

He said the shift from LNG construction to production would be significant for the Gladstone region.

"Therefore, it is important we hear from our local resource companies, councils, businesses, training organisations and infrastructure providers," he said.

The sit-down session included representatives from industry as well as representatives from across the supply chain.

Mr Cripps said the resources sector contributed significantly to the central Queensland and Burnett economies.

"These regions employ more than 16,000 full-time people and contributes $11.9 billion to the state's economy, with around $9 billion invested directly into local communities," he said.

"This direct spend supports an additional 87,800 local jobs and invests a further $6 billion to regional economies through local purchases."

He said the Gladstone regional workshop would build upon input from workshops held in Mount Isa and Cairns.



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