The Atherton Tablelands, like many other regions across Australia, has weathered the strain of the global financial crisis. Despite this, some industries in the region have continued to prosper however others are still persevering. Although construction and development has slowed over the past five years, a number of noteworthy infrastructure developments are currently in the pipeline and each of these are deemed as being significant both in terms providing enhanced regional infrastructure as well as potential economic impact to the region.

The construction sector is a key industry of the Atherton Tablelands and the ‘Total Value of Building Approvals’ for 2011-12 was $84.8 million a significant increase on the 2010-11 values of $68.9 million (TRC, 2013). The construction industry accounts for 17% of businesses in the region (Cummings, WS 2012) and in 2006, 1228 people employed in the sector and that number has increased to 1,559 persons in 2011.

For more information, refer to Our Economy, Our Future 2013 report.