Work to establish a $10 million manufacturing hub in Rockhampton is advancing.
The State Government has hired a hub coordinator, skills development and training officers and a project support officer.
Public servant and long-time Rockhampton resident Mick Allen has been appointed as hub coordinator.
His experience includes facilitating local business participation in major projects like the $200 million expansion of the Capricornia Correctional Centre.
Mick would help connect local manufacturers with the new services the hub offered, State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said.
The hub, located at Central Queensland University, is scheduled to open later this year.
The hub would initially focus on rail, advanced metal production and food production innovation, Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said.
“It will encourage advanced manufacturing innovation in the rail freight sector, in partnership with the Centre for Railway Engineering, which is part of CQU,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“Local metal and food producers will have access to workforce development and training, and to state-of-the-art technologies to improve capabilities.”
The manufacturing sector has seen a year-on-year growth rate in Queensland of 5.3 per cent compared to 3.2 per cent nationally the past 12 months.
To further enhance the impact of the Rockhampton manufacturing hub the Palaszczuk Government has established a Rail Manufacturing Leaders Group.