News

Banana Shire loses 86 mining jobs in downturn

Lyndon Keane

NEW data shows 86 Banana Shire locals have lost their jobs in the past financial year as the mining downturn worsens.

But data collated by the Queensland Resources Council shows an extra $42million in wages is flowing into full-time employees' pockets.

In the 2013-14 financial year, 1070 residents were employed in the resources sector, while the recent financial year saw 984 employed as full-time staff.

But a QRC-commissioned report found $186m in wages filled locals' pockets in 2014-15, compared to $144m the previous year.

Mirani MP Jim Pearce, who chaired the inquiry into fly-in, fly-out work practices in regional Queensland, expects more mining jobs to be cut.

He said the industry slump was not over.

Mr Pearce said while the industry would eventually bounce back, it would never be the same.

The report's analysis found $46m more was spent on purchases from local businesses in the recent financial year.

In 2013-14, $222m was spent at 326 businesses, compared to $268m spent at 390 businesses in the 2014-15 financial year.

The report was based on a QRC survey of its full member companies, including employee salaries and wages and government payments.

QRC chief Michael Roche said the International Energy Agency had predicted the coal sector would be going strong to 2040, the year its forecasts end.

- APN NEWSDESK


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Callide power station owner enters receivership

Callide C power station (right) nestled in next to the highly-visible Callide B station (left) at Biloela.

IG Power elects not to make $50 million payment.

Biloela hosts CQ BMX championships

Riders at the BMX Queensland Central Zone Championships take to the track at the Callide Valley BMX Club. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Local riders lead the pack as track pasts first test.

Nationals in position to strong-arm policy

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce last month.

Strong showing from regional party boosts case for greater role.

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich MP wants "royal commission into black lung"

IPSWICH MP and coal miner’s daughter Jo-Ann Miller has called on the Queensland Premier to hold a royal commission into black lung

Callide power station owner enters receivership

Callide C power station (right) nestled in next to the highly-visible Callide B station (left) at Biloela.

IG Power elects not to make $50 million payment.

Biloela hosts CQ BMX championships

Riders at the BMX Queensland Central Zone Championships take to the track at the Callide Valley BMX Club. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Local riders lead the pack as track pasts first test.

Nationals in position to strong-arm policy

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce last month.

Strong showing from regional party boosts case for greater role.

Panthers raise $8K for school chaplaincy

The Biloela Panthers (right, in special uniforms) and Rockhampton Brothers teams observe a minute's silence for suicide victims before the game at the Panthers' home ground last Saturday night.

Teams unite to support cause.

Junior Panthers live the dream

Jonathan Thurston and Jason Tamololo say gidday to some of the Panthers' players. Photo contributed

Biloela U11s compete at Cowboys' home ground.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

Aussie director makes his mark on new Roots mini-series

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in a scene from the TV series Roots.

BRUCE Beresford behind final episode of remake of iconic series.

The Avalanches pull plug on live broadcast of Splendour set

The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group.

RADIO listeners won't be able to tune in to the band's show tonight.

Who's got Richie's heart all aflutter?

Richie Strahan stars in season four of The Bachelor.

THE Bachelor has found his dream woman second time around.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles