Export boom creates job opportunities in Cairns

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics trade figures show the value of Queensland exports rose 18.4 per cent to $84.3 billion for the 12 months to March 2019.

The Palaszczuk Government said Cairns has seen more job opportunities due to businesses employing local workers.

“Exports support one in five Queensland jobs,” said Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier and Minister for Trade.

“Increased trade in goods and services are predicted to be a key driver of economic growth in the next few years.”

Palaszczuk credits Norweld Aluminium as a prime example of employing local workers and exporting its products to the world.

“Norweld’s workforce in Cairns is 45 people, including 10 apprentices, who are learning the skills they will now have for life,” Palaszczuk said.

“We know there’s more work to do. That’s why we will keep working with Cairns businesses and supporting the Cairns economy by investing in job-creating infrastructure.”

Norweld started exporting in 2016, its now expanded into the United States, Middle East, Africa, and New Zealand with the export volume doubling year on year.

“It’s inspiring to be here are see first-hand the work they are doing and how dedicated Norweld is to the local community,” said Michael Healy, Member for Cairns.

The Queensland Government’s global business agency, Trade and Investment Queensland, has worked with Norweld assisting the company investigate and enter overseas markets.