Oct 23, 2019

Regions show their manufacturing might

Regions show their manufacturing might

Capricorn Sandstone Quarries is enhancing its manufacturing capabilities with an investment of up to $1 million in new splitting and veneer cutting technology.

The Rockhampton business is among those making the Fitzroy region Queensland’s regional manufacturing powerhouse, contributing more than $1 billion annually to the State’s economy, according to government figures.

Capricorn Sandstone Quarries business development manager Tamsyn Smith said they were continually upgrading the factory, which turns out products ranging from boulders for retaining walls to highly finished wall cladding and paving.

The raw material comes from a sandstone quarrying operation which has expanded from a small pit of about 2ha in 1994 to a 23ha site – growing to meet demand, including from the export market.

Ms Smith said their latest improvement would allow the business to turn offcuts and other material which would previously go to waste into revenue-generating products including garden edging and wall cladding.

It involves three new pieces of equipment – the last of which was installed today.

Ms Smith said the project had received support from the Palaszczuk Government’s $46 million Made in Queensland program.

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said with manufacturing across Queensland being celebrated during October, it was important to acknowledge the jobs being created by the sector.

“By the end of the September quarter 2019, the local sector here in Central Queensland (Fitzroy region) employed about 6000 people – jobs that are crucial for our region,” Mrs Lauga said.

Other strong manufacturing regions in Queensland include:

  • Wide Bay ($971 million annually, 9100 jobs, 878 businesses)
  • Darling Downs ($951.6 million, 10,100 jobs, 1092 businesses)
  • North Queensland ($843.2 million, 6900 jobs, 512 businesses)
  • Far North Queensland ($793.4 million, 6300 jobs, 822 businesses)
  • Mackay-Whitsunday ($682.2 million, 4400 jobs, 483 businesses)