none

LABOR FULL STEAM AHEAD ON QUEENSLAND MANUFACTURING

08-02-2018
by 
in 

The past few years have seen tens of millions of dollars directed to Queensland manufacturing, as the state government focuses on shoring up the local manufacturing sector and building infrastructure to facilitate growth and connections.

In 2017, Rockhampton MP Barry O'Rourke promised $10 million to develop a manufacturing hub in Rockhampton, naming the project one of his key priorities once he took office.

Now,  O'Rourke says discussions are ongoing about the economic opportunities for Rockhampton, with concrete proposals for the manufacturing hub coming into shape. 

"There have been early conversations also with Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Manufacturing on progressing plans for the development of Rockhampton as a manufacturing hub and centrepiece for industry in our region and a large amount of work is now required to progress this development," he said.

"I am advised that targeted consultation to better understand the needs of the manufacturing sector in Rockhampton is currently being scheduled by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning to commence in Rockhampton in late February/early March.”

O'Rourke's push for a Rockhampton hub is in good company, with the state Labor government establishing manufacturing hubs in Cairns (to support maritime industries around the Port precinct), and Townsville (in the wake of the Yabulu Nickel refinery's closure).

"Queensland Made is exactly what is needed in the region to assist businesses and help unemployed workers into new jobs,'' said Keppel MP Brittany Lauga.

Central Queensland has been the focus of opinion pieces by Labor's Kim Carr and Anthony Albanese, as they call for Australia to protect its railway steel production.

"Governments need to act to preserve jobs and skills in Australia, and to ensure that the necessary intellectual property can be transferred to manufacturers in this country," said Carr.

 

Related news & editorials

  1. When PMFV is applied through two stage technology models it can provide up to 50% increased efficiency over conventional compressor types.
    24.02.2021
    24.02.2021
    by      In , In
    The restrictions that COVID-19 placed on us from 2020,  is a wake up call on export and import reliance for many industries. 
    We can continue as we were and hope for a slow progress to recovery or learn some important lessons in adaptability to the current and future business environment with... Read More
  2. Scott Philbrook, ANZ Managing Director, RS Components
    24.02.2021
    24.02.2021
    by      In , In , In
    Covid-19 seriously disrupted supply chains throughout industry worldwide. Scott Philbrook, Managing Director RS Components Australia, explains today’s necessity for supply chain resilience and continuity.
    The Institute of Supply Management reported that in March, at the start of the pandemic, 75%... Read More
  3. Applications are now open for the Federal Government’s $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative.
    23.02.2021
    23.02.2021
    by      In , In
    Applications are now open for the Federal Government’s $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative.
    The program aims to boost manufacturing and grow jobs, with businesses in the burgeoning space sector the first to be eligible to apply for grants, to help them commercialise ideas or processes, or... Read More
  4. Holloway Group Managing Director Matt Holloway sees 2021 as the perfect time to embrace the opportunities and benefits presented by manufacturing in Australia.
    23.02.2021
    23.02.2021
    by      In , In
    As the economy recovers from an unprecedented 2020, there is a renewed focus from government and industry to bolster the local manufacturing sector through both innovation and onshoring production.
    At its height, Australian manufacturing accounted for roughly 25 per cent of Australia’s Gross... Read More
Products
Suppliers