Brisbane and Redlands
New Vaxxas base for Nanopatch development
Queensland has ensured ground-breaking medtech company Vaxxas stays in the State to commercialise and manufacture its globally renowned needle-free vaccine delivery technology. The success in securing Vaxxas’ future in Queensland will support 189 total jobs over 10 years. It will see Vaxxas manufacture its needle-free High-Density Micro-projection Array Patch in large numbers at its new Brisbane base.
The Queensland Government is providing funding support to build and fast track the fit out of the new manufacturing base in a Queensland Government owned building at Northshore Hamilton in Brisbane. The new facility will enable Vaxxas to manufacture enough needle-free vaccine kits to deliver 300 million doses each year which has the potential to contribute $497 million in economic activity over 10 years and create up to 139 additional highly-skilled, knowledge-intensive jobs. The project closely aligns with the Queensland Biomedical 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.
Howard Smith Wharves works to boost tourism
The Queensland Government has committed $5.5 million to build three new pontoons at Howard Smith Wharves to boost the tourism and construction industries post-COVID-19.
The funding is part of the Government’s strategy to promote the city’s links to Moreton Bay and its islands. Investing in river access infrastructure will help create future tourism jobs in the southeast.
The award-winning Howard Smith Wharves is hugely popular and the new river terminal will mean patrons can enjoy the city before heading to Moreton Bay or other attractions along the Brisbane River.
The new pontoons will be accessible to commercial tour operators as a pick-up and drop-off point that will benefit from the patronage of the Howard Smith Wharves and Eagle Street restaurant and entertainment precincts.
Construction of the three pontoons is estimated to create seven construction jobs and 23 operational jobs.
Browne Park Redevelopment to kick goals
The Queensland Government has earmarked funding of $25 million to deliver the stage 1 redevelopment of Browne Park in Rockhampton, estimated to support 60 local jobs over an 18 month construction period. This important venue has been the home of rugby league in Central Queensland for more than 100 years.
The redevelopment includes replacing the existing Jack Crow stand with one that can accommodate around 4,000 seats, subject to detailed design and costings. The site includes the Rockhampton Leagues Club and the upgrades will support female participation with dedicated women’s facilities.
The Browne Park redevelopment will deliver community benefits by encouraging participation in sport. It will also support the Central Queensland regional economy by attracting sporting events and visitors to the area, enhancing its reputation as a host destination.
Investing in Rockhampton’s future
A new $2.8 million Advanced Technology and Innovation Centre (ATIC) at Central Queensland University opened in September 2020, providing opportunities for Central Queenslanders to expand their career options and generate new business opportunities, resulting in more jobs for the region.
The Queensland Government delivered the new centre in partnership with Central Queensland University – a key project that supports the State’s economic recovery strategy. The new centre provides opportunities for the community, local businesses, industry and students to use the space and equipment to access training and advice, make connections with others and catalyse new innovations.
The centre focuses on agtech, manufacturing innovations, engineering, communications technology and design, and will enable the local community to develop skills in high demand specialised fields. ATIC is open to the community, industry and schools to trial new business ventures, experiment with contemporary technologies and explore new careers.
State backs world-class entertainment precinct
The Wellcamp Entertainment Precinct is a $175 million jointly funded project which will include a world-class motorsport and driver training facility, catering for amateur and professional drivers.
The Queensland Government is providing conditional funding support of up to $40 million and is seeking additional funding from the Australian Government for the project. The Toowoomba-based Wagner Corporation is committing at least $95 million.
The Precinct will include a 40,000-person venue, 5,000 on-site camping accommodation, sporting fields, and business tourism and event facilities. It will be used to attract major events across the performing arts, business, tourism, sport and events sectors.
The Wagner Corporation estimates the project will create 130 new full-time jobs during construction and at least 10 direct jobs during operation. Casual employment will be significant with up to 2,500 casual workforce needed for major events.
It is expected that the new Precinct will catalyse investment in the region that may extend from advanced automotive manufacturing to accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes and many small businesses.
Investment prospectus to drive growth in Toowoomba
The Queensland Government has launched a new investment prospectus to drive growth and create jobs in Toowoomba.
Invest Toowoomba – Your regional gateway to business growth aims to attract investment from international and domestic sources by promoting the unique benefits of Toowoomba and highlighting the domestic investment opportunities in the city and surrounding region.
Toowoomba’s $12.2 billion economy has grown strongly over the last decade to 2019. It boasts 2,000 hectares of industrial land and is a transport and logistics hub, connected to major road, rail and air freight routes with capacity to deliver goods to 85% of Australia’s population within 24 hours.
Toowoomba is also the gateway to the Darling Downs, the home to major agricultural production areas and resources projects, and enjoys direct supply chain connections to South East Asia through Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.
The investment prospectus was developed in collaboration with a range of stakeholders including Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise, the private sector and key Queensland Government agencies.
Far North Queensland
Cairns Marine Precinct to support economic diversification
The Queensland Government will invest $30 million to upgrade the Cairns Marine Precinct and fund a business case for the future development of the precinct. The upgrade includes two new wharves for the Port of Cairns.
This funding will deliver 150 new jobs during construction, pay for an upgrade of services and expand Cairns’ capacity to carry out in-water maintenance on vessels used by the Australian Defence Force and Border Force.
The Queensland Government is working in partnership with Ports North to deliver this infrastructure upgrade. The Precinct may require total capital infrastructure expenditure of up to $150 million and future contributions from the Australian Government will be sought.
The Queensland Government is also investigating the potential reshoring of commercial vessel manufacture required for servicing the region, which has the potential to support local economic activity and create employment. This work will inform the business case and will also assess the feasibility of capitalising on the existing skilled workforce, contractor base and infrastructure within the Cairns Marine Precinct, which has a legacy of significant ship building over many years.
Transforming Cairns Hospital into a university hospital with research centre
Queensland Health is investing $67.9 million to kickstart the transformation of Cairns Hospital into a university hospital for the city, including $15 million to acquire land for a research, education and innovation precinct, fully integrated with the hospital.
Working in partnership with James Cook University, this investment will provide better health care for the Far North and attract the future generation of health professionals to Cairns. The Cairns Hospital will get an expanded emergency department and a new endoscopy suite and operating theatre, helping to meet the health needs of a growing and ageing population. These upgrades will deliver world-class health facilities for the region and support a further 150 construction jobs to underpin our economic recovery.
Second M1 funding to bust congestion and back jobs
A key focus of economic recovery in the Gold Coast region is investment in congestion busting infrastructure that also supports local jobs. The Queensland Government and Australian Government have committed $1.53 billion towards Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector – also referred to as the ‘second M1’ – between Coomera and Nerang, estimated to support over 500 direct jobs over the life of the project.
Improving travel times, Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector project would take up to 60,000 vehicles off the M1 every day at its busiest section around the Coomera River.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads will continue its work to complete the business case by mid-2021, to ensure community input feeds into the design.
Extending Gold Coast Light Rail
Work has begun to prepare for construction of stage 3 of the Gold Coast Light Rail. The $709.9 million project, jointly funded with the Australian Government and the City of Gold Coast, will extend light rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh.
This next stage is expected to support approximately 760 jobs and lessen congestion on the roads along the southern Gold Coast. By extending the existing light rail, alongside improved pedestrian and cycling facilities, the Queensland Government is supporting the delivery of world-class transport that will make the Gold Coast more connected and accessible for its residents and visitors.
The Queensland Government has also committed planning funding for a future light rail link to the Gold Coast Airport.
Ipswich Hospital upgrade
Queensland Health has committed an additional $22 million over three years for interim upgrades to meet the increasing healthcare needs of Ipswich’s growing and diverse community while a master planning process is underway.
This investment will deliver upgrades to the emergency department, a dedicated obstetric theatre and an expansion to renal and nephrology services. These commitments are in addition to a $146.3 million investment for the initial stage of an expansion of the Ipswich Hospital and development of a Health Precinct. The investment includes the delivery of a $91 million 50-bed Acute Mental Health Unit and a $25 million 26-bed ward at Ipswich Hospital.
Centenary Bridge upgrade
The Queensland Government has committed $132 million towards the $244 million upgrade of the Centenary Bridge, to be funded in partnership with the Australian Government ($112 million contribution).
The Centenary Bridge carries more than 85,000 vehicles a day and current traffic modelling shows that by 2036 about 150,000 vehicles per day will cross the bridge.
The proposed upgrade includes a new, three-lane, northbound bridge and remediation of the existing bridge to create three southbound lanes, improving connectivity with Brisbane for Ipswich and Springfield commuters. The design also includes improved active transport facilities for pedestrians and bike riders.
When delivered, the project will improve safety, efficiency and travel times, better outcomes for the community, and provide better and safer facilities for active transport users.
Community Infrastructure Investment Partnership
The $15 million Community Infrastructure Investment Partnership (CIIP) program will deliver additional and improved community infrastructure to support critical social service delivery in communities impacted by COVID-19. Grant funding will enable a mix of refurbishments, new builds, feasibility and design works to improve vital community infrastructure.
A flagship initiative, the Access Economic Hub, is the first pilot project to be supported under the program. The Access Economic Hub, in the heart of Logan, will provide a full range of employment readiness, job training, social enterprise and business incubator services and link participants to social services. The project will support up to 22 construction jobs in Logan. Other CIIP-funded initiatives will support an additional 26 construction jobs and assist many community service organisations across the State.
Logan City Council – Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity Program
The Queensland Government is providing $2.5 million to support initial feasibility works as part of Logan City Council’s Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity Program, which seeks to identify the city’s current and future digital infrastructure requirements. The program identifies opportunities to build or extend digital networks in priority greenfield, residential and industrial development areas such as Greater Flagstone and Yarrabilba.
A strong internet connection is vital for business and job creation in South East Queensland. This investment paves the way for the Logan City Council to engage with private sector telecommunications providers to improve the quality and coverage of digital infrastructure, and lay the foundation for a new wave of economic development in the region.
Harrup Park game changer
Mackay will become a hub for marquee cricket and AFL events through the staged redevelopment of the Harrup Park sporting complex. The Queensland Government has earmarked $10 million for stage 1 of the Great Barrier Reef Arena development to create an international standard sporting event venue.
The redevelopment will include seating for more than 6,000 people including a 4,050-seat grandstand, outdoor broadcast and other facilities. Queensland Government funding is contingent on partner contributions from the Australian Government ($10 million) and the Harrup Park Country Club ($4.2 million), and final cost estimates. The project will support around 80 jobs during construction.
Olive Downs mining
The recently approved Olive Downs coal mine project, located 40 kilometres south-east of Moranbah in the heart of the Bowen Basin, will provide local jobs for generations during its 79-year lifetime. Olive Downs will be a large-scale mine of metallurgical coal, producing up to 15 million tonnes per year to be carried by rail from the mine to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal for export to key international markets.
The resource industry is central to Queensland’s economic recovery and future. Construction of the mine and its associated infrastructure will create around 500 jobs and will employ up to 1,000 local workers once operational. During its lifespan it will contribute an estimated $8 billion to the local economy and more than $10 billion to Queensland’s economy.
Construction of the mine is expected to begin in 2021. In addition to its commitment to the environment and jobs creation, the Queensland Government is proactively engaging with stakeholders including establishing a strong relationship with Barada Barna, the traditional owners of the land, with whom the Government has an Indigenous Land Use Agreement and Cultural Heritage Management Plan in place.
Barcaldine to get renewable energy boost
The Queensland Government is providing $380,000 for a feasibility study into the second stage of a groundbreaking solar, wind and hydrogen project. Should the project proceed, Barcaldine will be home to Queensland’s new Renewable Energy Hub and Australia’s first commercial-scale use of hydrogen.
The feasibility study will look at producing zero-carbon hydrogen from renewables to produce ammonia and urea for domestic and global markets. This builds on the $300,000 Stage One feasibility study into a 30-megawatt solar farm with intensive horticulture.
The new Hub has the potential to turbo-charge economic growth in the region, creating 350 local jobs and 600 construction jobs as well as attracting up to $500 million new investment.
Mount Isa Mines copper smelter backs local jobs
The Queensland Government is securing more than 1,000 resource and manufacturing jobs associated with the Mount Isa Mines copper smelter. 830 jobs in Mount Isa depend on the smelter, with a further 250 jobs in Townsville across Mount Isa Mines’ and Incitec Pivot’s operations. The smelter supports indirect employment for many hundreds more in those regions who either supply other goods and services to the smelter or refinery, or rely on the outputs.
The initiative is part of the Queensland Government’s economic recovery plan that includes maintaining the State’s mineral processing capability and supply chains. There will be growing global demand for copper and other new economy minerals needed for wind turbines, generators and batteries and copper for electric cars.
Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay
Caloundra road upgrades
Three Sunshine Coast road infrastructure projects will improve travel times into the Caloundra CBD with the Queensland Government funding $45.75 million to fast track construction, providing a further boost to the region’s economy.
The funding will deliver a new Third Avenue/Nicklin Way extension, a signalised intersection at Ridgewood Road, and the acceleration of the remaining 11 kilometres of Bells Creek Arterial Road to the Bruce Highway at Roys Road.
The Government has partnered with the Sunshine Coast Council to deliver the Third Avenue/Nicklin Way extension, with council funding secured and delivery time linked to the Oval Avenue upgrade project. Construction is subject to an Australian Government contribution of $7 million.
The Bells Creek Arterial Road project will start in late 2020, unlocking investment in the region and supporting jobs.
The funding will also deliver traffic signals at the Caloundra Road and Ridgewood Road intersection, improving safety for the Little Mountain community and improving traffic flow on one of the southern Sunshine Coast’s main connecting roads.
Sunshine Coast International Cable Project
The Queensland Government is supporting better internet connectivity for the state, with a $15 million investment provided to the Sunshine Coast Council for the new undersea internet cable at Maroochydore. Queensland’s first direct international data and telecommunications connection to global markets, the cable project is estimated to deliver 860 new jobs in the Sunshine Coast region and stimulate $927 million for the Queensland economy.
The cable will provide Australia’s fastest data and telecommunications transmission speeds from the eastern seaboard to Asia and the second fastest to the USA. Its landing station has the capacity to accommodate up to four submarine cables – futureproofing that will ensure additional cables can be connected quickly and efficiently.
Support for Big Rocks Weir
The Queensland Government is set to invest up to $30 million in Big Rocks Weir on the Burdekin River, approximately 26 kilometres north of Charters Towers, to improve water security and support local agriculture in North Queensland.
Working in partnership with Charters Towers Regional Council and Sunwater, the Queensland Government is investing an initial $3 million to fast track pre-construction activities for the 10,000 megalitre weir. Subject to a successful business case and the finalisation of regulatory approvals, the Queensland Government has committed up to $27 million towards construction. The Australian Government has committed up to $30 million for construction on a 50:50 basis. Construction of the weir will support about 172 full-time equivalent positions at its peak.
More upgrades for Riverway Drive
The Queensland Government has committed $19 million towards the $95 million duplication of Riverway Drive (stage 2), to be funded in partnership with the Australian Government ($76 million contribution).
The project will upgrade Riverway Drive between Allambie Lane and Dunlop Street. The Queensland Government has already delivered the $43.5 million Riverway Drive duplication project for stage 1.
Stage 2 will include duplication of a further 1.6 kilometres and safety upgrade to another 1.5 kilometre section.
Protecting the State for bushfire season
Bundaberg has welcomed the arrival of a long-term Large Air Tanker (LAT) Bomber 141, a $15 million aircraft that will bolster the State’s aerial firefighting capabilities over the next five years. Last year’s bushfires were unprecedented with 7.7 million hectares scorched across the State, destroying homes and businesses. The 10,000 litre aircraft will help protect Queensland communities this bushfire season and well into the future.
A further $40,000 will also be spent installing critical water and electrical infrastructure for the LAT at its new Bundaberg base. Together, these measures will provide seamless firefighting resupply services that will see improvements to bushfire safety of the Wide Bay region, and Queensland more broadly. The LAT travels at about 670km/hr and can reach many parts of Queensland in quick time as well as operating at many regional airports throughout the State.
Trade growth supported at Port of Bundaberg
The Queensland Government is providing $1 million, with matched funding from the Gladstone Ports Corporation, for further infrastructure to support growth at the Port of Bundaberg. The funding will support stage one construction of a Common User Bulk Storage and Trial Shipment facility, creating more than six jobs during the construction phase.
This first stage will include the demolition of fuel terminals, site remediation and the development of a trial shipment hardstand. It will facilitate the storage and efficient safe loading and unloading of existing and new dry bulk commodity trades.
The new facility together with other port infrastructure will accelerate the development of new trade and expand the range of commodities currently handled at the port. It will complement the proposed $10 million Australian Government funded common user conveyor which is progressing through final agreements.