Queensland has the highest number of people employed in construction equipment in the country, according a new survey commissioned by the Queensland Government.
The survey, by Ipsos-Mori, found that in 2013, the largest proportion of Queensland workers were employed in equipment used in the construction of infrastructure.
Its data was sourced from a survey of 2,500 people employed at Queensland’s two largest public infrastructure projects: the Brisbane-Goulburn Link and the Gold Coast Link.
In 2013, more than three-quarters of Queensland’s workforce was employed in building construction equipment, according the Ipsos survey.
However, the Queensland Construction Industry Association (QCIA) believes the survey shows that Queensland’s workers are more than capable of doing the job.
“Our members work for the public sector in Queensland, and the Queensland Labor Government’s new infrastructure plan, which would see the construction industry be given the green light to hire and train more people, will benefit our industry and Queensland,” said QCIA secretary John Molloy.
Queensland Government ‘firmly committed’ to investing in infrastructure article QCIA president and CEO Mike Phelan says the Government is fully committed to investing $1 billion into infrastructure.
“We believe Queensland’s infrastructure investment will result in better outcomes for our people and economy, and will allow us to provide jobs for our workforce and better support our economy.”
Quebec Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Government has taken a “bold and bold” approach to its $5.5 billion infrastructure plan.
Ms Palaszyczuk told reporters at a news conference that “the Government has made clear that it is committed to invest in infrastructure.”
“We’ve had a very, very hard week in Queensland.
We’ve lost jobs in the infrastructure sector,” she said.
While the Government will have to pay for infrastructure with its own money, Ms Palasza said “we’re going to have to be very clear and clear with Queenslanders” when it comes to funding projects in the state.
But Queenslanders are not happy with the Government’s approach.
More than two-thirds of respondents said they were not confident that the Government would fund the infrastructure project that is expected to cost $1.2 billion.
About 75 per cent said they would not be in favour of a “franchise fee” to fund the project.
Mr Phelans says the QCISA and the Government are committed to improving the infrastructure situation in Queensland and he expects a good outcome from the Queensland Infrastructure Agency (QIA).
“It’s a very tough environment to be in.
We’re not going to be able to make a positive case, but we will be in good shape and we will have the infrastructure for our citizens and our businesses,” he said.
“This is the right way to go.”
It is going to bring a lot of jobs, it is going in the right direction and we’ve got a good, stable and secure economy.