A national push for more green energy projects could be a boost for regional towns, leading to job opportunities and increasing demand for housing. Analysis from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia reveals the value of infrastructure projects in the regions is $216 billion, and about half of that will be for energy projects. It says delivering the projects will require a 150% increase in skilled workers in outer regional areas and a 30% increase in inner regional areas by the end of 2025.
IPA chief executive Adrian Dwyer says in the next wave of energy projects, 190 will be in regional Australia and 27 in remote locations as well as 14 offshore. Dwyer says the result will be a “mountain of regional relocation” to create the workforce to deliver the projects. “Rural and regional Australia will need thousands of skilled workers, and to meet the demand, we need the right incentives to attract skilled workers living in major cities to go bush,” he says.