Central & Western Queensland manufacturers to share in $15.5 million grant program

Posted: 21st Apr

Manufacturers in Central & Western Queensland have the opportunity to supercharge their businesses with the Queensland Government unveiling a fourth round of the highly successful Made in Queensland grants program.

Minister for Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water Glenn Butcher said the program, now totalling $61.5 million, had been given a greater focus on transforming businesses and delivering jobs for regional manufacturers.

In the first three rounds, 40 per cent of Made in Queensland projects were based in regional Queensland.

Round four of the Made in Queensland grants program enables eligible regional manufacturers to access up to 75 per cent of their costs for projects to the value of $500,000.

Made in Queensland grants of between $50 000 and $2.5 million are available to manufacturers operating in Central Queensland to become more internationally competitive and adopt innovative processes and technologies.

Manufacturers thinking about reshoring or onshoring manufacturing activities to Queensland which can create Queensland jobs and grow our economy, are encouraged to apply for Made in Queensland.

Stanwell’s Capricorn Sandstone Quarries Pty Ltd received more than $250,000 in 2019 towards advanced splitting and veneer cutting equipment to enhance their processing capabilities and product range.

“The program facilitated a rapid expansion and modernisation of our factory capabilities, which would not have been possible without this funding support.” said the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Reece Gough.

“Our business is now not only at the forefront of manufacturing capability within the Australian sandstone industry, but we have increased our product range, greatly reduced our waste, and we have a happier and safer workforce with a much higher skillset.”

Queensland’s manufacturing sector contributes more than $20 billion each year to the Queensland economy and provides jobs for more than 170 000 people.

For more information on Made in Queensland and to make an initial application, visit www.rdmw.qld.gov.au/miq