Mining expo offers a wealth of opportunities for Coast
  • Tuesday 19 June 2012

Sunshine Coast Sunshine Council is spearheading local business interests at this week’s 2012 Surat Basin Energy and Mining Expo in Toowoomba.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the presence of council’s Economic Development unit in partnership with the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce and a group of Coast businesses is a first at the annual Expo.

“We’re close to the Surat Basin ­– through our airport we have key infrastructure in place to add to our existing flight services to these areas,” he said.

“I’d love to see the day when Sunshine Coast residents workers fly out in the morning to work at the Surat Basin and return in the evening to see their families.

“The Sunshine Coast needs to have a sustainable economy – tapping into mining growth is one of the ways we can achieve that.

“The industry will continue to expanding into the foreseeable future and it’s important the Sunshine Coast reaps some benefit from that.

“The Coast’s share of the industry’s employment is little more than one per cent; if we increase our market share to two per cent we can develop another 5000 jobs.

“It’s not all just about supplying personnel; our local businesses are well-placed to supply essential services and materials to the industry in locations like Surat.

“Council’s Resources Sector Action Plan was developed with local and regional industry partners.

“It shows we need to provide leadership and coordination of our region’s capacity to maximise growth opportunities within the resources sector.

“We also need to skill up our local workforce to meet the future needs of the industry, and also be able to provide training for mining employees.

“We must support local business by identifying what it has to offer at expos such as this,” Cr Jamieson said.

The Surat Basin is estimated to hold 20 per cent of Queensland’s coal reserves and 65 per cent of its gas reserves.

The expo runs from 19- 21 June in Toowoomba.