MORE than 25,000 jobs are set to disappear from the Surat Basin as the coal seam gas (CSG) industry transitions from the construction to production phase.

According to the GasFields Commission Queensland, the workforce will peak at 40,000 before stabilising at 12,000 to 14,000 in the next 18 months, as the industry transitions from a construction to production phase.

A Gasfields Community Leaders Council meeting was held in Toowoomba last week, where discussions focused on the workforce numbers and managing the transition.

Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rob Hart said the adjustment in certain areas had been challenging for the community.

Mr Hart, who is also the Origin regional manager, said the chief issue for most people was they don’t know what the future holds.

“The current challenge now is going from a construction workforce into an operations workforce,” he said.

“Today has been revelatory for us in…

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