CHECKING IT TWICE: Narelle Pearse looks over the MAIN Christmas wish list.
CHECKING IT TWICE: Narelle Pearse looks over the MAIN Christmas wish list. DAILY MERCURY

MAIN shares its wish list

ALL they want for Christmas is their fair share.

The Mackay Area Industry Network (MAIN) has released their Christmas wish list, and keeping a greater slice of mining royalties and taxes in the region is at the top of the list.

At a recent MAIN breakfast, more than 100 business and industry representatives outlined the key areas they believe need to be addressed to ensure the future viability of the region.

MAIN managing director Narelle Pearse said the issues should be hot on the agenda for next year's election promises.

"The cost and availability of accommodation and methods of addressing the skills shortage are major issues," Ms Pearse said.

Ms Pearse said she hoped all political parties would take notice of the issues raised and outline their responses when the election was called.

Among the most common topics for the Queensland election included putting more state government funding back into the region, addressing the skills shortage and increasing road infrastructure.

Ms Pearse said there were several different ways the Government could help ease the skills shortage.

"We need more government subsidies for trainers," she said.

"In the south-east corner there are state government incentives within the construction industry to encourage training.

Ms Pearse said another way the skills shortage could be alleviated in the region would be to increase affordable childcare facilities.

"We have skilled workers who could go back in the workforce if there was more childcare available," she said.

"We not only need more child-\ care facilities but they need to be affordable services."

The majority of the concerns highlighted at the group's meeting could all fall under the banner of liveability.

Mackay's lack of housing and accommodation services topped this year's list as well.

"This region makes gives big returns to the State Government. We want some investment put back into the region to alleviate some of the problems we have," she said.

Ms Pearse said the group also wanted more government offices in Mackay.



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