Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese will pledge an extra $22 million on infrastructure for the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, should Labor win the upcoming federal election.
The site is pitched by the Queensland government as the “first environmentally sustainable advanced manufacturing, technology and processing hub.”
Extra funds would bring the federal contribution to the site to $34 million, said Albanese, and help create 6,000 new jobs when fully operational.
“Cheap, renewable energy provides us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost our manufacturing sector and this commitment will help make that a reality in North Queensland,” The Australian Financial Review quotes Albanese as saying ahead of a visit to Townsville on Monday.
The precinct is about 40 kilometres south of Townsville city. Among its features are direct access available to the Great Northern Railway, close proximity to the Port of Townsville via high volume road corridors, and proximity to the Haughton Pipeline for water supply needs.
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