According to the Queensland Treasury, there are more than 4.6 million people living across the state, as of 2013. The population has grown by more than 600,000 in a decade - forcing authorities and governments to invest heavily in new public and private infrastructure.
In fact, this premise was highlighted by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) in a recent media statement. Citing Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, the organisation stated there was more than 5,000 home building approvals in September. This is the first time that this number has surpassed the 5,000 mark since June 1994 - the last major housing boom.
HIA's Queensland Executive Director Warwick Temby said that much of the construction demand is associated with the South East region and in Brisbane, a city with a population of more than 2 million and growing.
"The greater Brisbane area had over 3,200 approvals for the month. Approvals are up 14 per cent in Brisbane in the September quarter this year over the same period in 2014," he said.
"Over two thirds of the September quarter approvals for Brisbane were for units and apartments, compared with an average of 45 per cent over the last decade."
With no slowdown in sight, the HIA believes that home building will remain strong for the foreseeable future. As such, opportunities in the construction sector should continue to go from strength to strength within Queensland.
Gateway Motorway project job opportunities
A great example of how Queensland's population growth is resulting in employment opportunities is the $1.162 billion Gateway Upgrade North project between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge. The 11.3 kilometre upgrade is designed to include extra lanes and interchanges as well as a new off-road shared pedestrian and cycle path.
"The project will also provide valuable employment opportunities for more than 1,000 Queenslanders over the next three years."
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey cited that this project is vital to ensuring Brisbane remains a productive hub in the state.
"Ultimately, the project will provide far-reaching benefits for the 80,000 motorists that use the motorway each day," he said.
"All road users, from local motorists to freight operators servicing the wider community will experience a boost in productivity."
However, the real benefits are from an employment perspective.
"The project will also provide valuable employment opportunities for more than 1,000 Queenslanders over the next three years," Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher explained.
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