Resources sector lifts Queensland economy
QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane launched the organisation's ninth annual economic contribution report, saying it reaffirmed the importance of the resources sector to the Queensland economy and Queensland communities.
“Resources have delivered double digit jobs growth supporting 316,267 full time positions after a 12 per cent increase over the last year. It’s not just diesel fitters and port workers but also butchers and chefs, lawyers and environmental scientists who have a job connected to the resources sector in communities across Queensland,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“Our sector has a resolute commitment to working with local communities and delivering the benefits from our natural resources to all Queenslanders. Resource companies have contributed to 1,260 community organisations which is up 38 percent on last year. Community organisations provide vital services to all Queenslanders.
“Over the past nine years the sector has contributed almost $600 billion ($594 billion) which is larger than the economy of Hong Kong."
He said data showed the sector was responsible for one in every five dollars in the economy and one in every eight jobs.