Help get industry moving
LOCAL councillors and members of parliament are being urged to take part in a State Government summit to urgently address the ailing building and construction sector.
Premier Anna Bligh announced the summit this week, saying the Building Revival Forum would be held in early February with the aim of finding solutions to get the industry moving again.
“UDIA Fraser Coast fully supports this initiative by the premier,” Daniel Poacher, Urban Development Institute's Fraser Coast president, said yesterday.
“We believe that this acknowledgement of the significant job loss and housing shortage in Queensland is long overdue by the State Government.
“Here on the Fraser Coast these challenges in turning around the loss of jobs is more evident than in most other areas of the state and we would strongly encourage our elected members to take up this invitation by the premier to attend this significant forum and be part of any solutions to be found.”
UDIA Queensland president Warren Harris said: “With over 25,000 jobs being lost in the sector since August 2008 and no immediate signs of recovery, the current situation is bleak.
“Very few apprentices are being put on in the industry and it will be a very sombre Christmas for many school leavers who have dreams of working in building trades.”
Mr Poacher said local elected representatives “simply must be part of this forum to be able to understand what needs to be done to stem the continued downward spiral of job losses in the development and construction industry in our region.
“We also need as a region to ensure that we do not end up with any form of land or housing supply shortage and understand the ramifications to the local economy if this happens.”