"People can live in Hervey Bay, Gympie or on the Gold Coast - pay rates, raise families, buy groceries at home - and work in the mining industry," Mr Hinchliffe said. AAP IMAGE

Support for FIFO workforce

MINISTER for Employment, Skills and Mining Stirling Hinchliffe says the Bligh Government's number one priority is to ensure all Queenslanders benefit from the resource sector boom.

He said the Government had taken strong steps to ensure local businesses and local workers benefited from the opportunities that were available and would become available as the resource sector expanded.

"We have already seen billions of dollars invested locally, generating thousands of jobs and significant economic benefits for Queensland," Mr Hinchliffe said.

He said the Bligh Government supported a fly-in fly-out policy for resources workers and the government believed workers should have a say on where they lived.

"People can live in Hervey Bay, Gympie or on the Gold Coast - pay rates, raise families, buy groceries at home - and work in the mining industry," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"Right now there are more than 3500 jobs for Queensland workers going in our booming resource industry. We'll need 38,000 workers to meet industry demand over the next few years.

There would be 500 funded training places made available through TAFE Institutes as part of the Resources 101 program, in regions such as Sunshine Coast, Whitsunday and Wide Bay Burnett to train people for the resources boom.

"We are also holding Work for Queensland Jobs Expos in areas of high unemployment because our focus is making sure that as many Queenslanders as possible can take up these resources jobs," he said.

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