The Queensland government has opened the Gold Coast Manufacturing Hub, providing the local industry with opportunities to connect, upskill and innovate.
The new Gold Coast Manufacturing Hub will provide local businesses with access to development programs and specialised training, according to minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and minister for Science and Youth Affairs and member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon.
“The Palaszczuk government has allocated $4.5 million to create a Gold Coast hub as we deliver Queensland’s economic plan to recover from the global COVID-19 pandemic,” Scanlon said.
“The Gold Coast hub, located in Nerang, is open and ready to service manufacturers in the areas from Beenleigh to the New South Wales border, and west to the Gold Coast Hinterland.
“As well as the targeted support and training, the hub will also deliver a grants program for local manufacturers focusing on the manufacture of marine vehicles and transport equipment, food processing and technology and metal fabricatio,” she said.
“Local manufacturers such as Geofabrics, which received a $494,200 grant through the Palaszczuk government’s Made in Queensland program to upgrade its geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) line, can now access local support to continue their commitment to innovation and creating high-skill jobs.”
Geofabrics is Australia’s largest manufacturer of geosynthetic products, recognised in the top 10 Most Most Innovative Companies in Australia in 2020, Scanlon said.
“Since receiving the grant to help enhance its GCL production line, Geofabrics has grown its business – including launching a new SORBSEAL product,” she said.
The new hub is part of a $38.5 million investment into a state-wide network of hubs, aiming to provide expert advice and support, minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher said.
“We knew a hub on the Gold Coast was important to support the thriving local manufacturing industry,” Butcher said.
“The Gold Coast is already home to many first-class manufacturers including PT Automaton, Patterson Glass, PWR Performance Products, Mastercut Technologies, Knotwood Pty Ltd, King Springworks and Urban Turf Solutions, and we want to see more have the opportunity to grow and create jobs.
“We have already opened hubs in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Gladstone and now here on the Gold Coast, and will soon open another in Mackay,” he said.
The Queensland government is committed to ensuring participants in the manufacturing industry are equipped to develop next-generation expertise in the long-term, Butcher said.
“We’re continuing to invest to help our regional manufacturers thrive because they create good, long-term local jobs and significantly contribute to the sustainable growth of our regional economies,” he said.
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