Bundaberg forum targets local employment issues
TREASURER Curtis Pitt met with business and community leaders in Bundaberg as part of Community Cabinet to discuss employment issues and how government and the community can work together to generate more jobs.
Mr Pitt said creating jobs was the Palaszczuk Government's number one priority.
"We have a plan to create more jobs and get more Queenslanders back to work," Mr Pitt said.
"Our Jobs Now, Jobs for the Future employment strategy includes the $1.6 billion Working Queensland jobs package to support businesses, provide skills training and get Queenslanders back to work.
"Over recent years, the Wide Bay-Burnett region's labour market has faced some challenges.
"This forum is an important step in helping local business and community leaders understand the Queensland Government's programs, and to identify new opportunities and initiatives for local job creation.
"We are committed to working with regions to achieve better employment outcomes.
"We will continue to listen and provide opportunities for Queensland businesses to tell us what they need to support more Queenslanders getting jobs."
Mr Pitt said that more than 34,500 new jobs had been created in Queensland since the State Election in January - eight consecutive months of rises in employment.
"We realise we've got more work to do and this forum is part of a state-wide series of forums designed to give business and community leaders groups the opportunity to work with us to create even more jobs," he said.
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the employment forum was a welcome opportunity for the local business community to talk directly to the Treasurer about their ideas.
"Building strong relationships between businesses and the government will mean more and better opportunities for Bundaberg to reach its potential," Ms Donaldson said.
"That's why we're committed to supporting the Bundaberg Gas Pipeline with an extra $8 million and why we're investigating establishing a state development area at the port of Bundaberg.
"We want to create more opportunities for the Wide Bay economy to grow."
The next forums will be held in Rockhampton on Thursday October 22, and Cairns on Friday November 13.