Job opportunities to reach new heights at Cairns aviation facilities
More aviation jobs are landing in Cairns, with maintenance provider Jet Aviation Australia benefiting from facilities expansion backed by the Palaszczuk government and bolstered by the state’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package .
New local high-value MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) jobs are being created at Jet Aviation Australia’s 4,000 square meter hangar, which has received $ 175 million in government support for employment and regional growth.
Treasurer and Investment Minister Cameron Dick said there will be around 40 additional jobs in the hangar by September due to the expansion, with the potential to create more.
“After Qantas agreed to move MRO jobs from Singapore to Brisbane, our government is now in talks with the airline to perform aircraft maintenance in Cairns,” Dick said.
“This opportunity is only possible thanks to the additional working space made available by the extended hangar, which has increased the capacity here by 50%.
“24 additional heavy maintenance services can now be performed in Cairns, which has created many new jobs and apprenticeships for the region.
“This has given a boost to the economy of the Far North and will allow us to add to the more than 4,200 MRO jobs in the aviation sector in Queensland.”
Jet Aviation Australia, formerly Hawker Pacific, has been in Cairns for over 34 years and specializes in aircraft MRO.
Cairns MP Michael Healy said Jet Aviation is already a Cairns success story as the city’s major employer.
“The company has over 170 North Queensland residents working for it and showing a strong commitment to skills and training, having employed 93 apprentices from the Cairns Aviation Skills Center,” said Mr Healy.
“Our government’s support for the $ 4.5 million expansion of the company’s aircraft hangar has improved our local aviation maintenance capacity and in doing so has created more local jobs.
Jet Aviation Australia’s vice president for North East Asia and Asia-Pacific Ian D’Arcy said the closure of international borders has resulted in a significant increase in demand for local maintenance services.
“For this reason, our Cairns operation needs additional maintenance engineers to meet this demand,” said Mr. D’Arcy.
In Cairns for the 2021-22 Queensland Budget Tour, Mr Dick said Palaszczuk’s government is focused on creating jobs in far north Queensland through a series of major projects and initiatives.
“Our Far North Queensland Regional Budget Action Plan, released with last week’s budget as part of our COVID-19 economic stimulus package, outlines the critical investments our government is making in infrastructure , front-line services, health, education, employment and the environment, ”he said.
“We have allocated billions to the region this year to develop jobs and industry, and to help businesses as they continue to face the impacts of COVID-19.
“The current budget tour now allows our government to speak directly with the people of Queensland about what is budgeted for them, their community and how they will benefit from the investments we make.
“Our unemployment rate has fallen to 5.4%, its lowest level in nearly a decade, and the Far North Queensland Regional Action Plan is another key part of our strategy to move the agenda forward. Queensland.
Major investments in the Far North Queensland Regional Action Plan include:
- $ 1.2 billion for productivity-enhancing infrastructure and capital works supporting approximately 3,900 jobs, including:
- $ 74 million to the Cairns Convention Center to capitalize on the national and international convention markets
- $ 31.3 million to build the bypass road continuity on the Captain Cook Highway between the McGregor Road roundabout and the Caravonica roundabout
- $ 14 million to build additional tracks for the Cairns Ring Road (Cairns CBD to Smithfield)
- $ 24.5 million for capital works on the Cairns Marine Precinct
- $ 1.3 billion for Torres and Cape, and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Services, including:
- $ 46.1 million for construction projects to improve facilities at the Cairns hospital site, including a new mental health unit and expansion of the emergency department
- $ 16.6 million for the redevelopment of Thursday Island Hospital and Primary Health Care Center
- $ 22.3 million for construction projects to improve facilities at the Atherton Hospital site, including hospital redevelopment
- $ 51.2 million to maintain, improve and modernize schools in Far North Queensland, including:
- $ 5 million to construct a new building for additional learning spaces at Malanda State High School
- $ 5.2 million to modernize the administration building at Edge Hill State School
- $ 2.4 million to build additional equipment and learning spaces at Lockhart State School
- $ 203.3 million to expand and improve social housing in far north Queensland as part of the regional economic and stimulus plan
- $ 59.7 million for capital works to support communities affected by natural disasters
- $ 7.4 million for the modernization of Cairns police facilities
Mr Dick said around 340 employers in far north Queensland would also benefit from the higher payroll tax threshold in 2021-2022, while the $ 3.34 billion Queensland Jobs Fund would open up opportunities employment in various sectors.
To learn more about the Queensland 2021-22 budget, please visit budget.qld.gov.au.