Today I wanted to discuss a phenomena that has created enormous change here in Australia. That is, the insatiable growth of China.
I recently read an interesting fact which I found mind boggling. Over the next 15 years it is estimated the number of people moving from rural villages into cities in China will exceed 300 million. 1
That is a staggering statistic. In Australia, the current population is approximately 22.5million. Imagine a group 14 times the size of Australia moving into capital cities in the next 15 years in one country…
China is building a city the size of Houston, Texas every 5 weeks. Incidentally, Houston is similar in size to Sydney, truly extraordinary. 1
It does not take long to realise a country building a ‘new Sydney’ every 35 days requires unprecedented amounts of resources. Fortunately for Australia we have an enormous supply of them. Even more fortunately for job seekers in Australia, many mining companies are rapidly growing their workforce.
The Pilbara and Kimberley regions of WA are very rich with minerals and iron ore deposits. Add to this the vast gas exploration and its not hard to understand the massive infrastructure development that is taking place. To give some perspective to the enormity of this mining boom consider the following fact:
The train line that arrives in Port Hedland from parts of the Pilbara Region is 3.75km long. Yes the train is nearly 4kms in length. Most trains in capital cities are at best just a couple of hundred metres. The trains are so heavy and laden with iron ore and rock they require 3 super locomotives to pull them. The train runs 24/7, they do not stop.
As recently as March of this year, BHP placed an order for an additional 80 locomotives destined for the Pilbara region 2. The size and scale of everything associated to the mining boom really has to be seen to be believed.
DFP Resources is rapidly expanding its presence in the Mining areas of WA. We have offices in Karratha, Broome and soon Pt Hedland. For those who are looking for jobs in the mining boom, DFP is well placed to help you make the change. We can assist job seekers who are both local to the area as well as those interstate seeking to move to WA.
We are placing people each week in jobs related to the mining boom. We have job openings in both blue and white collar roles. For more information and current job openings, take a look at our Resources page.
1. China Inc – Ted Fisher