CQUniversity in Gladstone will host a new advanced manufacturing hub to act as a focus of industry expertise and provide innovative training and advice.
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher said the new facility would be closely connected to the Queensland Government’s $10 million Rockhampton Manufacturing Hub.
Mr Butcher said the Gladstone hub would focus on developing the region’s growing hydrogen industry, renewable energy sector and biofuels.
“Manufacturing in Central Queensland is already thriving, employing more than 5000 people,” Mr 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.”
CQUniversity 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.