QAL is working on reducing the stench that it leaves in areas in Gladstone.
QAL is working on reducing the stench that it leaves in areas in Gladstone. Mike Richards

1300 Gladstone mining jobs lost, more expected to go

MORE than 1300 Gladstone locals have lost their jobs over the past financial year as the mining sector sought to save $94 million.

Data collated by the Queensland Resources Council found there were 2313 full-time employees in 2014-15 down from 3623 in 2013-14.

Miners' wages totalled $315 million compared to $409 million in the previous financial year.

Mirani MP Jim Pearce, who chaired the inquiry into fly-in, fly-out work practices in regional Queensland, expects more mining jobs to be cut.

He said the mining slump was not over.

Mr Pearce said while the industry would eventually bounce back, it would never be the same.

The resources sector downturn has led to a $1.2 billion drop in expenditure in the region.

Despite less money flooding Gladstone, a QRC-commissioned analysis has reported $2.9 billion was spent at 1065 local businesses.

In the 2013-14 financial year, $4.1 billion was spent at 959 businesses.

More than 200 workers from Bundaberg lost their jobs and 61 people from Rockhampton and Yeppoon area lost their jobs in the same period.

- APN NEWSDESK


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