CQUni welcomes coalition's funding commitment for Central Queensland School of Mining and Manufacturing

Published:10 May 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in Rockhampton and met with CQUni engineering students where he announced a $30 million funding commitment for the Central Queensland School of Mining and Manufacturing.

CQUniversity Australia has today welcomed an announcement from the Coalition that would see $30 million committed to establish the Central Queensland School of Mining and Manufacturing.

The announcement was delivered by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The School of Mining and Manufacturing will incorporate the School of Mines in Rockhampton and the Industrial Manufacturing Training Centre in Gladstone, servicing the entire region including Mackay and the Central Highlands.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp said the funding promise was a major coup for both CQUniversity and the greater Central Queensland region.

“Today’s $30 million funding commitment by the Coalition will allow CQUniversity to service the skills, education and workforce development needs of the mining, resources and manufacturing industries,” Professor Klomp said.

Professor Klomp said the funding would go towards building the necessary infrastructure for the School of Mining and Manufacturing across the CQUniversity sites in Rockhampton and Gladstone.

“The new facilities will ensure training opportunities cover the major mining and resource industries in the region, as well as new and emerging manufacturing industries that support them,” Professor Klomp said.

“In addition to establishing new infrastructure and facilities, this funding commitment will also allow the University to invest in new state-of-the-art equipment for skills training.”

Professor Klomp said this would allow Central Queenslanders to train locally in cutting edge and emerging technologies and industries.

“This is about jobs of the future as much as it is about jobs into the future” he said.

Professor Klomp said the School of Mining and Manufacturing would also allow CQUniversity to establish new research collaborations within the mining and manufacturing industries.

“This research could help to create new knowledge that will benefit these industries and our communities,” he said.

“Mining and manufacturing are some of the region’s largest industries. CQUniversity is committed to supporting industries and communities in our regions, whilst creating graduates for the jobs of today as well as tomorrow”.

CQUniversity has committed to co-invest $7 million to the project.