More action needed as jobs go in Townsville

31 Mar 2016 11:11 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

The Palaszczuk Government’s lack of an economic plan for Townsville is hurting jobs growth, with 4,600 jobs lost across the region in the last year.

  • 4,600 jobs lost in Townsville region in the last year
  • Acting Opposition Leader in Townsville to discuss conditions with local businesspeople
  • Region impacted by reduced infrastructure investment which is impacting business confidence.


Acting Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek is visiting Townsville to discuss the jobs crisis with local businesspeople and said business confidence had stalled under a Labor Government frozen at the wheel.


“Townsville has been hit hard by the downturn in the resources sector and the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s lack of infrastructure investment,” Mr Langbroek said.


“Labor’s neglect has seen 4,600 jobs disappearing from the Townsville region since February last year.


“While the headline unemployment rate has improved slightly, this is being driven by a rapid decrease in the participation rate.


“This means more and more people have given up looking for work so are no longer included in the unemployment statistics.”


Mr Langbroek said the latest Pulse survey from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland also illustrated the sluggish business conditions that persist in North Queensland.


“According to CCIQ, the optimism held by businesses in North Queensland is the worst of every region in the state,” he said.


“This hasn’t been helped by the fact the Palaszczuk Labor Government slashed $220 million in infrastructure funding for the Townsville region in last year’s budget.


“Small businesses in Townsville aren’t confident in Premier Palaszczuk’s ability to put together a cohesive plan for Queensland.


“The LNP absolutely recognises the region has been negatively impacted by a range of factors, but what’s needed is a government that has a plan and the competent team able to deliver it.


“Townsville has so much potential and I look forward to discussing our positive plans with business leaders and community groups in Townsville today.”


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