Rocky on the radar for govt jobs
REGIONAL Queensland is first on the list for employment overhauls with Treasurer Curtis Pitt pushing for government departments to be based out of centres like Rockhampton.
Mr Pitt is pushing for government entities to consider regional Queensland a place for employment and development.
He said the former Labor government had a policy where regional Queenslanders had to plead their case as to why government entities should be based in regional areas as opposed to South East Queensland.
"We flipped that on its head and said that we really needed to have the onus on going outside of Brisbane to find out why it must be in South East Queensland," he said.
"I'm very keen to see that we grow the Queensland government workforce outside of the south east."
Mr Pitt said he saw no reason why new services shouldn't be established in regional Qld.
"There is no reason why we shouldn't be having a strong focus on regional Queensland." .
Yesterday Mr Pitt arrived in Rockhampton with Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D'Ath, attending a forum to discuss how the local community could work with the government to generate more jobs.
"Our entire purpose of being here is to listen to what people have to say and what we need to do in terms of addressing unemployment problems," he said.
"I'm very aware that when we have unemployment levels of 7 per cent and a youth unemployment rate of 14.2 percent."
"Today is about shaping policies to meet local demand ".
He said CQ people were actively engaged in the economy.
"That is one strong point for the region… it is a good thing to have those people active and looking for work.