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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dirty Work in Queensland

Dalby is 211 km north west of Brisbane and is the centre of rich coal and natural gas reserves. It's also a pleasant rural community of around 12,000 people and the rich soils of the Darling Downs produce cotton, sorghum, wheat, barley, sunflowers, chickpeas, mung beans, corn as well as lamb beef and pork.

Dalby Construction and Services company Ostwald Bros is prepared to pay a minimum of $100,000 a year for some of the 75 labouring jobs it needs to fill. They are also offering housing subsidies, fly-in fly-out options with two weeks on and one week off. Chief executive Brendan Ostwald said they were keen to attract the right people to the booming Surat Basin. Why are the wages so good? The more remote the worksite, the better the pay.

The company recently won a $60 million contract from coal seam gas company QCG, but Mr Ostwald said all the jobs for that contract were filled. Construction giant Bechtel is also recruiting for jobs in Gladstone export. So could you work two weeks straight in a God forsaken place away from your family and friends for a minimum of $100,000 a year? Well, get moving then.