Stakeholders say job situation isn't dire despite red alert

WHEN the going gets tough for Gladstone residents trying to stay employed, a new report has asked, where do the tough get going?

Several Gladstone suburbs have been placed on red alert for employment vulnerability.

The Centre of Full Employment and Equity report released last week suggests job loss in smaller non-metropolitan regions could have significant impacts for populations and services - to the extent of the death of regional communities.

Gladstone has already begun to see the effects of the global economy on the town's businesses, with major industry cutting jobs and production to become more efficient, and the beginning of a three-year demobilisation for the end of construction works on Curtis Island.

However, local stakeholders say the situation in Gladstone isn't as dire as the report suggests.

Gladstone CFMEU organiser Ben Loakes said although redundancies were expected when construction was completed on Curtis Island, there were still other projects offering jobs.

"APLNG said yesterday they are still ramping up and they will stay ramped up for a couple months so they are still anticipating to be employing people," he said.

"From our point of view, we do our best to assist our members and give them information on where the next opportunities are."

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said its workforce would remain at about 11,000 employees through to the second half of the year, with civil trades finishing as the structural and mechanical phases begin.

Gladstone deputy mayor Matt Burnett said the report was "warped", because "they (researchers) hadn't taken into account the construction jobs that are on contract and were always expected to come to an end".

Job Loss Alert

High risk suburbs

  • Boyne Island - Tannum Sands
  • Clinton
  • New Auckland
  • Kin Kora
  • Sun Valley
  • Telina
  • Toolooa

Medium risk suburbs

  • South Gladstone
  • West Gladstone