- Wednesday 06 March 2013
For many Sunshine Coast businesses and families, the mining boom is providing jobs and lucrative supply contracts – even though the mining activity is hundreds of miles away.
So Sunshine Coast Council - partnering with the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce and Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast - will be placing our region on show at the Central Queensland Transport, Trades and Mining Expo in Rockhampton on March 13 and 14.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast was well-placed to provide ancillary services, supplies, materials and enable fly in-fly out to Central Queensland.
“Many regions across Australia are benefiting from the growth and investment in the resources industry and we want to ensure that opportunities that exist for Sunshine Coast businesses can be tapped into and expanded”, he said.
“Our attendance at this expo follows what was our first foray into this area at Surat last year, and it won’t be the last.
“We learned much from that and I am confident - given our easy proximity to the region - we can assist our resources-based businesses to promote their products and services with our presence at Rockhampton.
“At the same time, we have an increasing number of people living in the region but working in Central Queensland mining locations, so we need to be able to showcase this if we are to secure regular fly in fly out flights from the Sunshine Coast Airport.
“At the end of the day, the airline operators will only base their decision on the numbers – we need to take every opportunity to demonstrate that this region can put the backsides on the seats in their aircraft”.
“I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – the Coast’s share of the resources industry’s employment is little more than one per cent; but if we increase our market share to just 2% we can develop another 5000 jobs.”
Economic Development (emerging industries) portfolio councillor Stephen Robinson said Central Queensland not only hosted the massive Bowen and Galilee Basin coal mines, it was also home to myriad gold, silver, limestone, coal seam gas, magnesite and gemstone mining concerns.
“There are currently 50 mines, 25 mineral mines and 30 medium-to-large extractive quarries operating there,” he said.
“The Bowen Basin alone holds 45 currently operating coal mines, representing 87% of the state’s total output.
“Even a small fraction of business done with that region would not only boost the Coast’s economy and employment by a big factor – it would help lay down a concrete business case for airlines considering operating fly in-fly out services to and from Sunshine Coast Airport.”