ENGINEERING giant Bechtel was given a hearty pat on the back in State Parliament on Wednesday with Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney celebrating the firm's employment of more than 5000 Queenslanders.
Mr Seeney said Bechtel's workforce of 6000 would help the company build the three giant LNG projects near Gladstone.
He said the multi-billion-dollar venture employed not just 3000 from Gladstone, but another 2600 from other parts of the state including Mackay, Noosa, the Gold Coast, Gympie, Bundaberg and Gympie.
"This is a great result and underscores the importance of these and other resource projects to driving up the state's growth and driving down unemployment levels," Mr Seeney told Parliament.
"It shows that wealth from these developments does spread to all regions across the state and is not confined to where the coal-seam gas is extracted and where it is processed into LNG."
Mr Seeney said the LNP government was "fully supportive of the CSG and LNG industries" and would work with companies to develop the industry as long as it worked with the community and landholders.