Brett Schimming

Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury
Brett Schimming Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury Tony Martin

Tourism, infrastructure to boost Maranoa's construction

THE Maranoa and south-west Queensland's construction industry is headed for steady growth over the next five years, according to the head of Construction Skills Queensland.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming told the Western Star tourism, CSG and house-buidling would be healthy growth areas for local contractors to benefit from over the next decade.

The independent industry-funded body, which was out in Roma last week to explain its $34 million plan to upskill the sector, sees the South-West as a strong rural area.

Despite an economic slow-down caused by oil and gas leaving its construction stage, Mr Schimming said SWQ had growth potential when compared with other parts of the state.

"Over the next five years, we think there will be a steady and constant rise in home-building of detached homes. That's a positive window,” he said.

"There will be a continuation of the drilling associated with CSG wells, meaning there will be civil construction activity.

"The highlight will be the construction of the Roma Hospital.

"Everybody wants more (work), but (if) they could see in the mix of South-West Queensland, it is a positive industry - quite dissimilar to what we're seeing in Central Queensland.

"You're looking at limited growth in the next three years from Gladstone right across the centre.”

The latest statistics from Master Builders support CSQ's predictions, with the Darling Downs/South-West Queensland area showing a 62% spike in building approvals over the last three months.

While CSG and public infrastructure would continue to contribute, Mr Schimming said tourism would be a quiet achiever.

"Roma had a really good up-tick thanks to CSG, so there was a lot of infrastructure built,” he said.

"(But) I still think the growth of grey nomad tourism is not going away.

"What we're doing is we've identified tourism as a major component in the economy - it will lift more of the economy than CSG.

"I'm particularly interested with how tourism is going to help this state and how it will develop.”

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