The $50 million Essential Goods and Supply Chain Program is funding Queensland’s manufacturing capacity to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the event of a pandemic.
Acting Premier and Minister for State Development, Steven Miles, visited Tingalpa manufacturer, Crystalaid Manufacture, to announce funding for three manufacturers to boost manufacturing capability, in the wake of the impacts from Covid-19.
Miles said that with Covid-19 completely changing the way of life for Queenslanders, the state is continuing to recognise the need to strengthen local PPE manufacturing capability.
“As part of the Queensland Government’s strategy to Unite and Recover for Queensland jobs, we’re continuing to support Queensland businesses and manufacturers to expand their production capacity, especially in the area of health PPE and medical devices,” said Miles.
“By continuing to back our mighty manufacturing sector, we’re further boosting Queensland’s ability to respond quickly at a State level and to also join the global pandemic response.
“These businesses can now reprioritise or pivot production to produce ventilators, medical scrubs, and PPE testing equipment, to protect our communities and front-line health care heroes.”
“The program also has the potential to create hundreds more jobs for the manufacturing sector.
The Queensland Government’s Essential Goods and Supply Chain Program was established to ensure Queensland manufacturers can reprioritise or pivot production and make essential goods such as personal protective equipment, health consumables and devices.