The Liberal and Nationals Government’s $30 million investment in the Central Queensland University (CQUniversity) School of Mining and Manufacturing is coming to fruition as construction progresses on the project.
Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said work was well under way on the $18.5 million School of Mining in Rockhampton and the new $11.5 million School of Manufacturing in Gladstone. The two new facilities are expected to be completed by mid-2022.
“The purpose-built School of Mining in Rockhampton and the School of Manufacturing in Gladstone will support skills training, education, research and workforce development for the needs of the mining, resources and manufacturing sectors,” Minister McKenzie said.
“It’s great to see construction progressing on these two important facilities that will boost local skills and jobs and elevate Australia’s role in mining and advanced manufacturing.”
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said industry and community interest in the project are already strong, with local school and vocational education and training staff touring the Rockhampton site this week in anticipation of the future opportunities for students to gain practical industry-relevant experience.
“The School of Mining and Manufacturing will attract students to study in Central Queensland, but will also provide the opportunity for students to train locally and gain specialist skills in cutting edge technologies,” Ms Landry said.
“These facilities will also enable Central Queensland mining and manufacturing industry partners to access a highly skilled workforce within the region which will help drive future economic growth as Australia recovers from COVID-19.”
In addition to the $30 million Government investment, CQUniversity will contribute $7 million to the project.
The Government’s investment will also contribute to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including virtual reality, drone operations and 3D printing, to support the delivery of high-quality education, training and research.