FDC Construction & Fitout has won the contract to build a $37 million School of Mining and Manufacturing for CQUniversity.
CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Nick Klomp said the new School of Mining and Manufacturing would support emerging and future skills in the mining and manufacturing sectors and would help support regional recovery in those industries.
“Mining remains a critical industry for Central Queensland, while advanced manufacturing is a clear growth opportunity for the region’s future,” Professor Klomp said.
“I’m therefore delighted to award the tender to FDC Constructions & Fitout, to build these two new state-of-the-art facilities in Rockhampton and Gladstone.
“Our new School of Mining and Manufacturing buildings will incorporate emerging technologies like virtual reality, drone operations and 3D printing, to teach skills in critical disciplines like metal fabrication, gas processing and machine fitting.
“They’ll also provide the setting for engaged industry research that will advance mining and manufacturing in the CQ region.”
The project, which will be funded by the Australian Government Department of Education following a $30 million commitment at the last election, is expected to begin on site in January 2021 with completion by the end of February 2022.
Facilities for the school will be constructed at the CQUniversity Rockhampton North ($23.5 million) and Gladstone Marina ($13.5 million) campuses.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said that the Morrison Government’s $30 million investment in the School would provide Central Queensland with a distinctive advantage in the mining and manufacturing sectors.
The construction work is expected to create 114 jobs in Gladstone and another 197 in Rockhampton during construction. The majority of the work will be undertaken by local sub-contractors.
It is expected that both the Gladstone and Rockhampton facilities within the School of Mining and Manufacturing will be operational by February 2022.