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It’s no longer tools down for several different trade professions, according to data from

Outdoor trades in particular are booming, with rubbish removal jobs growing like crazy as people declutter, tripling year on year.

Carpet cleaning and door installations have also seen a massive boom, with demand also strong for arborists, roofers, gardeners and fencing contractors.

Indoor trades, where it’s hard to safely social distance, are either flat or declining. This includes cleaners, painters, plasterers, tilers, plumbers and electricians.

Due to economic uncertainty, the trades faring the worst are those related to major works, such as landscapers and concreters. 

Outer suburbs in the major cities are seeing the most growth in tradie jobs, perhaps reflecting Covid inspired demographic shifts to the regional areas and outer suburbs.

Queensland has plenty of sunshine for turning into renewable energy and according to a new report from the Climate Council, there are around 15,000 – 20,000 jobs to be made across 12 policy areas.

The report singles out industries such as clean manufacturing, minerals processing and renewable hydrogen as potential job creators for the state. It recommends accelerating the development of renewable energy zones across the state, such as the ones in Darling Downs and Far North Queensland, to get these jobs happening quicker.

The report has Townsville pegged as a hub for lithium-ion battery manufacturing and metals processing, and central Queensland a spot for a clean steel boom, creating 15,000 local jobs by 2050.

“Regional cities like Townsville, Gladstone and Mackay have the skilled workforce, close proximity to excellent renewable resources, and established industrial infrastructure that makes them ideal to develop clean industries,” Climate Council chief executive Amanda McKenzie said.


Global environmental consultancy SLR has snapped up Newcastle-based planning and development consultancy KDC.

KDC provide statutory planning, environmental impact assessments, development and project management, strategic planning and social planning services. 

The global company was attracted to KDC’s established relationships with local councils and authorities in the area.

“This is a really exciting time for our team in the Asia Pacific region. Not only will this acquisition provide us with a recognised and established planning presence in the region, but it gives us the ability to help our clients through every stage of their project lifecycle, regardless of the sector,” Neil Penhall, SLR’s chief executive said.

The acquisition marks the company’s sixth in the past 18 months.

“Despite recent challenges associated with Covid-19, this acquisition reflects the confidence that we and our investors, Charterhouse Capital Partners, have in progressing our growth plans and desire to provide world-class solutions and advice to our clients,” Mr Penhall said.

Jobs movements

Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance’s project delivery agency, Office of Projects Victoria, has appointed a new chief executive, Cressida Wall.

Ms Wall joins the agency after two years as Victorian executive director for the Property Council.

Ms Wall has provided advice about infrastructure policy and major projects to premiers and ministers for nearly 20 years, including five years as an economic adviser to the Bracks and Brumby governments. She has also practised as a commercial litigator and founded a private equity company.

Outgoing ED Dr Kevin Doherty has joined BECA, an independent advisory, design and engineering consultancy.

Our pick of the jobs

The Moonee Valley City Council in the north-west of Melbourne is looking for a principal sustainability officer to join the Future Cities Unit. This job is about leading policy and projects that contribute towards the council’s commitment of achieving zero net carbon emissions for its operations by 2020 and the community by 2040.

Bust some waste crime by joining the EPA Victoria’s new Waste Crime Prevention Directorate. The environment protection officer role will help implement the state government’s Recycling Victoria policy and plan.

John Holland needs a sustainability advisor as part of its work to design and build the tunnels and stations for Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel Project alongside Lendlease and Bouygues Construction.

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