The $10 million Rockhampton Manufacturing Hub has been officially opened at Central Queensland University’s North Rockhampton campus.
Manufacturing Minister Cameron Dick said the hub had been operational since April 2019 and delivered on a 2017 election promise.
“Manufacturing in Central Queensland is already thriving, employing more than 5000 people,” Mr Dick said.
“The Rockhampton Manufacturing Hub will further strengthen the sector, as a centre of expertise for advanced manufacturing innovation and skills, which in turn will private sector investment and create more jobs in the region.
“Local manufacturers will gain access to business development programs, skills and training and equipment through the Central Queensland University campus.
“By focusing on Central Queensland’s key manufacturing strengths of rail, metal production and food innovation, the hub is ensuring it’s full steam ahead for local industry.”
CQUniversity Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Alastair Dawson said the hub would be strongly linked to the university and its facilities like the Centre for Railway Engineering.
“Co-locating the hub on CQUniversity’s Rockhampton North campus will give local manufacturers direct access to our world-class facilities,” Mr Dawson said.
“This will give industry in Central Queensland the opportunity to invest in upskilling and building the workforce of tomorrow.”