The creation of 80,000 new jobs in Queensland over the next decade has been predicted as the result of a University of Queensland (UQ) study into Queensland’s innovation centres.
Queensland State Cabinet recently considered the detailed UQ report findings, which also predict $11 billion in revenue could be achieved by boosting the growth of three significant Queensland innovation precincts.
In the last six years, Advance Queensland - the state's initiative to boost innovation, has invested $755 million into innovation projects of which 61 per cent were based in regional Queensland.
In early October state government announced another major boost to regional manufacturing hubs in the far north. It awarded $930,000 to three regional companies, enabling them to adopt cutting edge technology that would grow the business and create local jobs.
During this period of significant, sustained growth, Engineers Australia will host the 2021 Central Regional Forum with the theme ‘manufacturing for the region’.
The forum will feature industry guest speakers including, the state Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher, and the Director of the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water.
Forum discussion will focus on manufacturing challenges and opportunities for engineering innovation in the central regions of Queensland in Gladstone, Bundaberg and Rockhampton. Presentations will look at twin systems, rapid reverse software, robotics, government investment, hydrogen and more.
Engineers, as well as business executives, public servants and engineering students, are invited to attend and must register for the event. The Queensland Central Regional Forum will take place at the Rydges in Gladstone on the 22 October 2021.