207 mining jobs lost in downturn

MORE than 200 locals have lost their jobs over the past financial year as the mining sector sought to save $21 million.

Data collated by the Queensland Resources Council found there were 468 full-time employees in 2014-15 compared to 675 in 2013-14.

Miners' wages totalled $57 million compared to $78 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 $13 million drop in expenditure in the region.

Despite less money flooding Bundaberg, a QRC-commissioned analysis has reported $35 million was spent at 270 local businesses.

In the 2013-14 financial year, $48 million was spent at 302 businesses.

- APN NEWSDESK



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