A recent report prepared by Cummings Economics indicated that Cairns delivers mining operation related services to 18 different centres (Papua New Guinea and Papua Indonesia 7, Northern Territory 3, far north Queensland 4, and north west Queensland and central Queensland 5).
Having an estimated seat capacity of 4000 per week (about 200,000 per annum), this is the leading centre in northern Australia for air services to mining operations. Workforce in mining in far north Queensland and flying into mining operations ex-Cairns is estimated at about 3,300.
Based on the lifestyle advantages Cairns offers, fly-in-fly-out mining and mining services employment presents significant growth opportunities to the region’s workforce.
Given the enormity of the PNG LNG project which includes an initial investment estimated at US$15 billion, the Cairns region has much to offer resource and industrial companies looking for suppliers of goods, services and personnel.