Construction Skills Queensland director of innovation Robert Sobyra  talks with GW3's interim CEO Kylie Porter at the Ozcare worksite at Alexandra St, Mackay.
Construction Skills Queensland director of innovation Robert Sobyra talks with GW3's interim CEO Kylie Porter at the Ozcare worksite at Alexandra St, Mackay. Angela Seng

Technology to make up for shrinking workforce

MACKAY'S housing market is showing signs of recovery that cannot be denied. Factors show that development, commercial and residential, will improve throughout Mackay.

While the majority of regions throughout Queensland are in freefall when it comes to home builds, the Mackay Whitsunday region leads the pack with a steady increase at 8.4 per cent. Housing prices are also enjoying a slow and steady increase of one per cent and rental vacancy rates hover below three per cent.

Construction Skills Queensland director of innovation Robert Sobyra said while encouraging signals of an economy on the mend should be lauded, it was important to recognise challenges facing the construction industry.

"Australia's ageing population is having huge implications on the construction workforce,” Mr Sobrya said.

"In the '80s the construction workforce made up about 20 per cent of the population, today it makes up about 16 per cent and by 2050 it will make up only 13 per cent.

"What this means is the construction industry is producing more projects with fewer workers.”

READ MORE: OUR FUTURE MACKAY

Mr Sobrya said the construction industry required a paradigm shift in order to continue producing more with a shrinking workforce.

"Technology will start to penetrate the industry to make it more productive. More off-site, pre-fabricated construction will take place and automation construction of components will occur within factories,” Mr Sobrya said.

As commercial and residential development takes off in the region Mr Sobrya said he had little doubt the local skills shortage compounding the national skills shortage would remain a major issue.

Mr Sobrya writes and talks regularly on all things construction and will be a featured speaker at GW3's Future Workforces Summit to be held on August 9 at the MECC.

To book your ticket visit: greaterwhitsundayalliance .com.au/summit.


Man in hospital as car hits cow and rolls near Bowen

premium_icon Man in hospital as car hits cow and rolls near Bowen

The 40-year-old man was freed himself from the vehicle before paramedics arrived.

Read everything for just $1 a week for first 12 weeks

premium_icon Read everything for just $1 a week for first 12 weeks

Deal gives you access to local, regional and metro News sites

Shock findings: Abused kids taken from bad to worse

premium_icon Shock findings: Abused kids taken from bad to worse

Vulnerable kids taken from bad situations and put in even worse ones