Advanced manufacturing full steam ahead for CQ

MEMBER for Keppel Brittany Lauga is calling on innovative thinkers to influence a 10-year road map to create the jobs of tomorrow, boost exports and diversify our local economy.

Mrs Lauga said she wanted businesses in Keppel to be part of the Palaszczuk government's vision for advanced manufacturing under the Department of State Development "Advance Queensland" discussion paper.

"Advanced manufacturing is the state's third biggest employer of full-time workers and the number of high-value, highly skilled jobs is set to increase," she said.

"This will help develop the roadmap, which is part of the Palaszczuk government's $180 million Advance Queensland program."

She said the region was up against some tough challenges with innovation a high priority to maintain growth and development.

"Our economy has been battered by low international commodity prices and drought," she said.

"That's posing challenges for businesses everywhere. However sectors like advanced manufacturing offer us a chance to diversify and create new jobs.

"If we can create more sophisticated, cutting-edge manufacturing businesses and capability it will mean more export opportunities and protection from the vagaries of international commodity markets."

Export opportunities in fields like medical instruments and pharmaceutical products are covered in the paper, along with growth in renewable energy and technology.

It also examines Queensland's small business sector, competition from China and skills shortages from an aging workforce.

Visit http://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au for more information by March 24.


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