The construction industry in Queensland is currently facing some challenges
The outlook is not all negative however. According to a report produced by the Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA) and Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), there will be an upswing in Major Projects from 2016/17, rising further through to 2018/19. Major Projects work on Queensland roads and bridges is expected to surge in 2016/17 and increase again in 2017/18 to nearly $2.5 billion, a new peak for Queensland. Successful construction companies and skilled workers will be vital to step up to this opportunity.
In this environment it is vital to look to ways to promote the industry and support Australia’s highly skilled construction workforce and companies operating in industry.
A strong Queensland economy depends on a strong, innovative and highly skilled construction industry. Over the past decade, annual construction work done in Queensland has grown from $22 billion to $58 billion and the industry directly employs around 230,000 people.
The next upswing in Major Project work in Queensland is predicted to coincide with growth in demand for infrastructure investment from other Australian states, as well as globally through the G20 Brisbane Action Plan. So there is an opportunity to ensure the Queensland’s construction industry is productive and globally competitive.
The Australian Construction Equipment Expo, which takes place in Brisbane 14-16 May, at Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane, is focused on supporting growing investment in the industry. The show will feature construction companies, both large and small, demonstrating the skills and capablities of Australia’s many companies operating in this sector.
Free visitor registration is available at www.aceexpo.com.au/queensland and a small number of exhibitor places remain avalaile. Visitors to the show can expect special features, including a green flag day for one-off specials on Thursday 14 May. Families are invited to attend on the Saturday of the show with with various fun, family-friendly activities. The Friday will also offer a chance for exhibitors and visitors to have a well earned rest, with networking drinks from 5pm.