Regional manufacturing supports Queensland workforce

Local manufacturing in Central Queensland employs 6000 people, figures from the 3rd quarter of 2019 show.

The latest figures come as the Queensland government celebrates its manufacturing industries and highlights the $1 billion contribution of manufacturing in Central Queensland to the state and nation’s economy, said Member for Rockhampton, Barry O’Rouke.

“Central Queensland has more than 500 manufacturing businesses, and together they contributed more than $1 billion to the Queensland economy in 2017-18,” said O’Rouke.

With the Wide Bay region contributing $971 million in manufacturing, and the Darling Downs 10,100 manufacturing jobs across 1,092 businesses, Minister for Manufacturing, Cameron Dick noted the contribution of manufacturing to the entire Queensland economy.

“Manufacturing directly contributes about $20 billion annually to the Queensland economy and employs around 170,000 people,” said Dick.

The Queensland government has supported manufacturing in its state through programs such as the Made in Queensland program, and the Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

One of the businesses which has taken advantage of this is Capricorn Sandstone Quarries (CSQ), located in the Central Queensland region.

Investment in advanced manufacturing technologies and thinking has enabled CSQ to expand to international markets, as CSQ CEO Reece Gough highlighted.

“We’ll become more globally competitive due to our excellent raw product and our advanced processing facilities,” Mr Gough said.

“With the help of a Queensland Government Made in Queensland grant we’ll soon be installing advanced splitting and veneer cutting equipment so we can further increase our capabilities and diversify our product range.”

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