Gas project a game changer for South West Queensland
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says the QGC $1.7 billion joint-venture natural gas development is great news for the local economy.
CCIQ Director of Advocacy Nick Behrens described the QGC project announced today as hugely significant for the South West region and Queensland as a whole.
“The announcement confirming the two-year long project in developing the Wandoan area’s natural gas tenements will immediately bolster fragile business confidence,” he said.
“This is just the certainty that the Wandoan small business community needs.
“The QGC project will boost business confidence in the short term, which will in turn bolster business investment in the region and local employment.
“The $1.7 billion project will also prove transformative for the natural gas industry and will provide around 1600 jobs, with apprentices and trainees included in the count as well.”
Mr Behrens said there would be a major benefit for years to come.
“This also represents a significant milestone for the State Government, indicating to everyone that developments of this magnitude are possible and indeed welcome in Queensland,” he said.
“Through our recent Pulse Survey of Business Confidence, businesses were beginning to express concern about the development attitudes of the current State Government.
“We can say that with the approval of this development, the government is looking to ensure the natural gas sector underpins our economic recovery in Queensland.
“It also shows that the government is serious about turning to major projects as a way to boost both confidence and investment.
“When you combine all of these advantages together, a project of this magnitude will no doubt prove to be of enormous benefit to South West Queensland businesses and the State.”