Hard working Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, is delighted to see funding delivered by the Coalition Government come to life with the official opening of CQUniversity’s School of Mining.
The Coalition Government invested $30 million for the establishment of a School of Mining and Manufacturing at two of CQUniversity’s campuses. $18.5 million was secured for the Mining School in Rockhampton and a further $11.5 million towards Gladstone’s Manufacturing School.
Michelle Landry, Member for Capricornia, said it is fantastic to open the new facility that has been designed specifically for people moving into a career in mining.
“It’s great to see the completion of this important facility that will boost local skills and jobs, as well as elevating Australia’s role in mining and advanced manufacturing.
“I am proud to see another one of the projects I secured funding for come to life and produce some of Australia’s most highly skilled mining professionals,” Ms Landry said.
The funding delivered by Michelle Landry has also contributed to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including virtual reality, drone operations and 3D printing, which will support the delivery of high-quality education, training and research.
“CQUniversity’s School of Mining 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.
“These facilities will also enable Central Queensland mining and manufacturing industry partners to access a highly skilled workforce and within the region which will drive future economic growth.
“The resources and mining sector is on the precipice of another mining boom, with global need for minerals and metals beginning to grow with the development of new technologies,” Ms Landry said.
In the 2021-22 financial year, Queensland Resources Council reported the resources sector employed 1,918 locals in Capricornia and $315 million of gross product was produced.