Mining basis of Isaac's workers

ONLY 8.8% of the workforce in the Isaac region have jobs not directly or indirectly tied to the resources sector, a new study has found.

The figure was released as part of a Queensland Resources Council (QRC) report commissioned from public policy think tank, the Eidos Institute, and CQUniversity into the full economic impact across all Queensland regions of the minerals and energy sector.

The report's lead author, Professor John Rolfe of CQUniversity, told the Radio National breakfast program on Wednesday that Isaac had some of the highest-paid workers in the sector.

“The Isaac shire is one of the areas that actually generates the highest incomes out of mining, certainly generates some of the highest royalties and has some of the highest incomes actually being paid to people living in the shire and a very large business spend.”

Prof. Rolfe said not all economic developments were occurring in the communities where the mining was with half of all direct effects such as expenditure and salaries going to south-east Queensland.

Isaac region

Total economic expenditure: $1.357.9b

Income: $907.8m

Goods and services expenditure: $322.9m

Jobs created (direct and indirect): 11,880 (92.2% of total workforce)



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