Mining brings $1b to Fitzroy workers in one year: report

THE Queensland Resources Council has dug deep to find out how much money the mining sector brings into the Fitzroy region.

A QRC-commissioned report found $1.1 billion in wages was paid to more than 8500 full-time employees in 2014-15.

But there was no hiding the drop brought on by the mining downturn.

The report found there was an 18% plunge in jobs and almost one-fifth less money going into the region.

But Treasurer Curtis Pitt stayed positive, explaining that $1.4 billion in LNG shipments had left the Port of Gladstone since the first export earlier this year.

"By 2016, about 360 shipments of LNG will have left Queensland bound for China, Japan, Singapore, India and Chile," Mr Pitt said. "It's going to be our second largest export by 2016-17."

The analysis of the minerals and energy sector's impact on the state's economy reported the Fitzroy area that includes Gladstone received the second highest expenditure statewide.

Brisbane came first, earning the title of Queensland's biggest mining region.

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.


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