Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mines and Manufacturing School Planned

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mines and Manufacturing School Planned

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Byline: Leighton Smith

THE big guns have come out in the battle for CQ's vote, with the Prime Minister in Rockhampton today to announce a $30 million promise for a new CQUniversity School of Mines and Manufacturing.

If they were to win the coming federal election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government would deliver the school that would take advantage of Central Queensland's resources sector to boost local skills and support more local jobs.

Mr Morrison said the new school was part of the government's plan for a stronger economy that would help Central Queenslanders train locally in industries supporting more local jobs, as well as helping create up to 320 jobs in the construction phase.

"The $30 million we've committed to this new school is about creating pathways for Central Queenslanders to get the skills they need to succeed," Mr Morrison said.

"We want to be a country that manufactures things like aluminium and develop world- class resources so we need to invest in regional jobs and skills. This new school will give workers and young people the skills across traditional trades and emerging technologies that are so important.

"The science, engineering and mathematics skills this new school can help train are key to the success of the future of our mining, resources and manufacturing industries that our candidates like Ken O'Dowd and Michelle Landry are fighting hard for."

In CQ the resources sector was estimated to contribute 37 per cent of Gross Regional Product and 40,000 full-time jobs.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the announcement solidified the Liberal National Party's commitment to Central Queensland's progressive and productive mining sector.

"Building the capacity of local workers to make best use of new tools is the key to unlocking future productivity, developing new resources, sustained jobs growth, and national prosperity," Ms Landry said. …

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