Air link to Townsville creates job opportunities


AN air link between Townsville and Papua New Guinea will open new employment opportunities for the city’s tertiary students.
The direct flights will benefit dozens of students across Townsville studying in fields such as engineering and geology.
James Cook University College of Science and Engineering Associate Professor Zhaoshan Chang said there were lots of job opportunities for Townsville students on a fly-in, fly-out basis.
“It will give geologists living in Townsville a much more convenient way to get to PNG,” he said.
“PNG is rich in mineral resources.
“It has several big active mines with large resources, including the Lihir gold mine, the Porgera gold mine, and the OK Tedi Cu-Au mine.
“There are also many projects that are at advanced stage of exploration, including the Frieda River copper-gold project and the Wafi-Golpu copper-gold project. In addition, there are numerous projects at other stages of exploration.”
The flights are expected to make potential Townsville residents more attractive to FIFO employers who often cover the cost of transport.
Marama Kariko, who is from Papua New Guinea, graduated with a Bachelor of Geology degree from James Cook University last week. – Townsville Bulletin

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