Port of Bundaberg to get new plasterboard manufacturing facility

The
Australian subsidiary of Germany’s Knauf Group is set to announce the construction of a
new, state-of-the-art plasterboard factory for the Port of Bundaberg today.

Local newspaper the News Mail reports that Knauf Plasterboard Limited will make the
announcement today, subject to conditions including on gas supply.

“Knauf is
very pleased to be playing its part in working collaboratively with the State
Government to help build new industries and boost regional and state
economies,” said Murray Read, the Asia Pacific CEO of the company,
according to News Mail.

Read said the
plant would have access to an under-utilised port and would collaborate with
the Queensland government in developing infrastructure for itself and other
local firms.

“A development of
this size will not only bring jobs to the region but bring forward upgraded
roads, water and waste water infrastructure which will help our local
communities to grow and attract more business to regional Queensland,”
said Bundaberg mayor Mal Forman.

According to
Knauf, 200 jobs would be created in the construction phase and 55 full-time
positions once the factory was in full swing. Knauf currently manufactures in Australia at Matraville, in NSW, and Altona, Victoria.

The announcement follows last August’s announcement by the state government that a 24.7 km
pipeline for the west to the Port of Bundaberg would be built. It’s hoped the
pipeline will be completed by the end of this year or early next, said premier
Campbell Newman at the time.

It is hoped the gas
pipeline and other infrastructure development will help boost local employment.

According to the
National Institute of Economic and Industry Research’s State of The Regions Report, released last June, the Wide Bay Burnett region has the highest unemployment rate in the country, at 16. 3 per
cent.

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