New manufacturing hub opens in Queensland

A new manufacturing hub delivered by the Queensland state government
in Gladstone is looks to boost the region’s manufacturing sector,
private sector investment and create more local jobs.

QLD
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher said
the hub, located at Gladstone’s Central Queensland University, will
function as a centre of expertise for advanced manufacturing, providing
provide innovative training and advice.

“Manufacturing in Central Queensland is already thriving, employing more than 5000 people,” Butcher said.

“The
Gladstone Manufacturing Hub will be an access point for local
manufacturers to develop their skills and expertise for advanced
manufacturing.

“We’re aiming to take the manufacturing industry to
new heights in Gladstone, which is already one of Queensland’s
industrial powerhouses with access to a significant State Development
Area and the Port of Gladstone.

“With a dedicated hub team member
squarely focused on the Gladstone area, manufacturers can get expert
advice tailored to the local market.

“The hub will focus on developing the region’s growing hydrogen industry, renewable energy sector and biofuels.

“This
will complement the work of the Rockhampton Hub focusing on Central
Queensland’s key manufacturing strengths of rail, metal production and
food innovation.””

Butcher said Gladstone has a strong history in
manufacturing and it’s fitting the hub will be located at Gladstone’s
Central Queensland University.

“Gladstone’s Central Queensland University has a strong history in providing exceptional training and education,” he said.

“Integrating
the hub with the university will be vital to securing the best possible
outcomes for our passionate manufacturers building the workforce of the
future.”

“This hub will deliver more great gains for Gladstone and the Central Queensland region.”

Central
Queensland University vice-chancellor and President Professor Nick
Klomp said the hub’s location at the university promoted collaboration
between the manufacturing industry, education providers and researchers.

“Readying
Gladstone’s workforce to transition into advanced manufacturing
requires dedication to innovation, transformation and continued
learning,” Professor Klomp said.

Mr Butcher said the new facility
would be closely connected to the Queensland Government’s $10 million
Rockhampton Manufacturing Hub.

“Having a strong manufacturing hubs
presence across the Central Queensland region will allow us to build a
network of manufacturers who are ready to show the world what they can
do,” he said.

“And with access to our $13.5 million Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program, the industry can go from strength to strength.”

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