After months of planning, construction is finally underway on the Stage 2 expansion of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre of Excellence in Beenleigh, Brisbane.
With $20 million in funding committed by the Queensland Government, the project is seen as an important part of the state’s economic recovery strategy.
Three senior state government ministers took part in the ceremonial ‘sod turning’ event held on February 11, including State Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure, Hon Cameron Dick.
Also attending was the Hon. Dianne Farmer, whose broad ranging portfolio includes responsibility for employment, small business, training and skills, as well as the Hon. Mick de Brenni who continues to drive a range of building industry reforms in his capacity as both Minister for Public Works and Procurement and Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen.
Speaking after the event, Executive Director of AMCA Queensland, Adrian Shackleton, noted that it was encouraging to see the presence of such senior ministers at the event.
“We are very excited to see the level of interest from Treasurer Dick, Minister Farmer, and Minister de Brenni, as it highlights and reinforces the importance of having a high-skilled, high-performing building industry,” Mr Shackleton said,
“The redevelopment of this facility will help attract and train high quality apprentices, while providing opportunities for post-trade practitioners to continue their development as life-long learners.”
“The addition of hydrogen gas training opportunities will also help to keep Queensland at the forefront of new technologies.”
Project funding was secured following the joint efforts of several key building groups, including AMCA Queensland, Master Plumbers Association Queensland (MPAQ), National Fire Industry Association (NFIA), and the Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union (PPTEU).
The project is due for completion later this year.