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Gas industry fuels more Downs jobs

Toowoomba specialist gas industry supplier Easternwell, a Broadspectrum subsidiary, has snared a multi-million dollar contract that will sustain more than 300 jobs and flow-on for other local businesses.

Visiting Easternwell’s workshop in Toowoomba, Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the five-year contract would deliver a major injection into the city’s economy.

“The south-west Queensland gas industry continues to fuel Toowoomba and the Downs’s economy when it comes to jobs and business opportunities,” he said.

“It’s great to see this contract with Shell’s QGC business generating local employment, including more contracts for local Indigenous businesses.

“Statewide the oil and gas industry continues to directly employ some 8000 people and contribute to the state with an expected $447 million in royalties in 2018‑19.

“The Darling Downs is at the heart of this industry with the Surat and southern Bowen basins accounting for more than three-quarters of the industry in Queensland.”

Mr Tony Nunan, Shell’s VP QGC said: “Our natural gas business is a multi-decade investment across the region, helping create jobs, boost income for communities and increase domestic energy supply. Read more…

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