By Melissa Maddison
8th July 2013
A regional economic lobby group says conditions in the resources sector are unlikely to improve until at least April next year.
Mackay Whitsunday Regional Economic Development Corporation CEO Narelle Pearse says about 1,800 jobs have been lost in the Mackay region of north Queensland in the past 12 months.
She says more than 7,000 jobs have been shed across the state.
There is speculation the sector will rebound after this year’s federal election, but Ms Pearse says she believes that is unlikely.
“The reality is the federal election is not going to fix anything, but we do have a window of opportunity to talk to Government and ask them for assistance, particularly for local industry in this period,” she said.
“There’s not a lot of money in the budget and we realise that, but there may be options around policy changes that may help our small businesses get through this period and prepare for the next period of growth.”
“We certainly want to make sure that we’re not making the mistakes of the past where we’ve had a downturn – people have stopped training, we go into growth period and suddenly we have no skilled workers.
“So I think that’s the role of government that we stay prepared for what will potentially happen in the future.”
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