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NQ Tops $840 Million In Regional Manufacturing Activity

North Queensland’s manufacturing sector is powering ahead, with manufacturers across the region contributing more than $843 million annually to the Queensland economy.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the spotlight was on the value of the sector during Queensland’s Month of Manufacturing, which is happening throughout October.

“Locally we have more than 512 manufacturing businesses, and together they contributed $843.2 million to the Queensland economy in 2017-18,” Mr Stewart said.

Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said the importance of manufacturing for north Queenslanders couldn’t be understated.

“By the end of the September quarter 2019, the local sector here in the north employed about 6900 people – jobs that are crucial for our region,” Mr Harper said.

Other strong manufacturing regions in Queensland include:

  • Central Queensland ($1 billion annually, 6000 jobs, 500 businesses)
  • Wide Bay ($971 million annually, 9100 jobs, 878 businesses)
  • Darling Downs ($951.6 million, 10,100 jobs, 1092 businesses)
  • Far North Queensland ($793.4 million, 6300 jobs, 822 businesses)
  • Mackay-Whitsunday ($682.2 million, 4400 jobs, 483 businesses)

Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick said the strong performances across many of Queensland’s regions highlight the importance of manufacturing as a job-creator and economic stimulator for the state.

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

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing the industry through initiatives like our $46 million Made in Queensland (MiQ) program and the Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.”

Pacific Bio are one of the many north Queensland manufacturers expanding production using advanced manufacturing practices, and are being supported through MiQ.

Pacific Bio Chief Operating Officer Deborah Seeber said MiQ funding will enable the company to introduce innovative water and pond management technology into their aquaculture facility.

“These projects will enable us to modernise our equipment and processes, providing our business with increased output and growth opportunities, reduced costs and improved water and energy efficiencies,” Ms Seeber said.

“Importantly, the skills and capabilities of our employees will be increased, enabling us to provide higher skilled, sustainable employment opportunities to Queenslanders.”