The State Government has announced a $2.8 million partnership with Central Queensland University (CQU) to deliver a technology and innovation centre in Rockhampton.
The news coincides with the launch of the new Advance Queensland strategy – a blueprint for jobs growth in the agricultural technology, mining and manufacturing industries in regional Queensland.
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the $2.8 million partnership with CQU was a great win for Central Queensland.
“This is about preparing local students for great careers in mining, agriculture and manufacturing and helping them get out there into the workforce,” he said.
“These industries are vital to Queensland’s economy. New technology is changing the demands on workers – this new facility will make sure that our kids and grandkids have the skills they need to get great careers in these fields.”
CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s funding announcement.
“This funding commitment will allow CQUniversity to respond to the needs of industry with the provision of state-of-the-art teaching and training technologies with a specific focus on AgTech, manufacturing innovation, engineering, ICT and design,” Professor Klomp said.
“The one-stop centre will be accessible to the community, industry and schools who wish to engage with contemporary technologies, investigate new career opportunities and trial new business ventures providing value-add to the community.
“These types of opportunities not only support the advancement of innovative entrepreneurial practice and commercialisation opportunities but also job-creation within our communities.”
BMA boss backs tech-driven future
BHP Mitsubishi Alliance Asset President James Palmer said investment in future skills development in regional Queensland would support all sectors, including mining, to remain strong.
“A tech-driven future will wait for no-one,” Mr Palmer said.
“We’re harnessing technological advances, as an opportunity, and a responsibility.
“This centre will prepare Queenslanders for that tech future, and aligns to our Queensland Future Skills Partnership with CQUniversity and TAFE Queensland announced earlier this year.”