The Bundaberg Gas Pipeline construction will begin in April.
The Bundaberg Gas Pipeline construction will begin in April. contributed

Interviews already held to fill local gas pipeline jobs

STATE Government announcements surrounding the $19.8 million Bundaberg Port Gas Pipeline project have repeatedly come with promises of local jobs.

Australian Gas Networks, the company behind the 28.5km pipeline, confirmed up to 75% of the onsite workforce would be locals, however the bad news for anyone still hoping to secure a job was interviews have already been held for the required short-term positions.

On Tuesday State Development, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham advised the House that construction of the project would begin next month and generate up to 15 local construction jobs.

However a number of NewsMail readers have expressed their concerns about what these positions were and how they could put their hand up for a job.

Australian Gas Networks chief operating officer Andrew Staniford yesterday said at this stage it was forecast that the overall workforce during the peak of the construction phase was estimated to be 40-50 personnel.

"Of the total workforce, around 15-18 direct labour resources are intended to be engaged through a local labour hire company. Interviews for the various roles have been conducted," he said.

"In addition to this, approximately 12 roles will be provided through engagement of local subcontractors such as crane and earthmoving contractors.

"The pipeline construction works will ramp up during April when the local workers will be progressively mobilised as they are required.

"The construction works will continue through to July/August when the workforce will commence a ramp down as the construction works are closed out."