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    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Advisory committee to drive state’s manufacturing future

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Sunday, July 08, 2018

    Advisory committee to drive state’s manufacturing future

    A new 12-person Ministerial advisory committee has officially kickstarted its work using industry expertise to drive Queensland’s manufacturing sector.

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick hosted the first meeting of the Manufacturing Ministerial Committee in recent days to craft the policies and programs to help the sector thrive and create jobs for Queenslanders.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is driving manufacturing in Queensland with a strong focus on growing the sector,” he said.

    “But we also know nobody knows manufacturing better than manufacturers themselves, and we want to harness their input to expand that focus as we enter this period of optimism and opportunity for manufacturing in our state.

    “The industry already employs around 165,000 people or 7 per cent of the state’s workforce, making it the sixth largest employing industry in our state, and we know it contributes $19.2 billion a year to the Queensland economy.

    “A thriving manufacturing sector will help Queensland realise its vision for a diverse economy, underpinned by skilled, knowledge-based jobs.”

    “Our new Manufacturing Ministerial Committee will have a strong focus on regional Queensland and boosting skills to ensure future development of the sector and features a membership which reflects the state’s diverse manufacturing industry, from niche small manufacturers to multinationals.

    “Our government has taken steps to create an expanded committee specifically to ensure it includes greater representation from regional Queensland, not to mention also featuring an equal number of women and men.

    “Following the successful Women in Manufacturing series across the state, this is another step we’re taking to ensure women are well-represented in this industry,” he said.

    “It’s well known that diverse groups are more innovative, adaptable and forward-thinking, which is everything the MMC needs to be.”

    Committee Member Christine Bridges-Taylor from B&R Enclosures says the committee will support the state's diverse manufacturing industry with a focus on innovation, business transformation and workforce development to build local supply chain capability.

    Committee Member Shane Rodgers, Queensland State Director, Australian Industry Group, said the committee will address challenges facing the industry and strengthen the policy agenda to support manufacturing in Queensland.

    Committee Member John McLean, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks said working closely with the state government is a fantastic opportunity to establish innovative ideas which will enable manufacturing businesses to expand and be more competitive internationally.

    The Manufacturing Ministerial Committee supersedes and expands upon the Industry and Manufacturing Advisory Group, established in November 2015.

    “I’m grateful to the Industry and Manufacturing Advisory Group and its members for the vital service it has already performed,” Mr Dick said.

    “This is the group that supported the development and early implementation of the Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, that has already done a great deal for our manufacturing industry.

    “We look forward to continuing to deliver key Government programs with the new committee during this exciting time for manufacturing in Queensland.”


    Media contact: Anika Hume 0447 320 039


    Manufacturing Ministerial Committee

    Ms Christine Bridges-Taylor, General Manager, B&R Enclosures Pty Ltd - extensive experience in managing manufacturing entities serving over 35 years with B&R Enclosures.

    Ms Shay Chalmers, Director, Strategic Engineering Australia - experienced engineering management professional, her global career has spanned a wide range of manufacturing environments.

    Mr John McLean, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks - took over as CEO of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks in 2007 with a mission to grow the business internationally.

    Mr Shane Rodgers, Queensland Director, Australian Industry Group - heads up the state as a peak employer organisation representing traditional, innovative and emerging industry sectors.

    Mr Wasantha Mudannayake, General Manager, Teys Australia - oversees Teys Australia Rockhampton, a national beef processing facility with turnover of over $520 million.

    Ms Peta-Maree Broadley, Managing Director, Homefab - heads up a leading steel frame component manufacturer, and DIY steel home supplier across Northern Australia.

    Mr Andrew Spink, Executive General Manager, Business Development Rail, Downer Group - responsible for Downer Rail Passenger Business, relating to growth and sustainability of 1500 employees across Australia.

    Ms Marina Chambers, Queensland Branch President, Australian Workers Union - worked for the AWU for almost 24 years, predominantly in male dominated industries such as Steel, Aluminium, Aviation, Glass, Construction and general Manufacturing.

    Mr Rohan Webb, State Secretary, Queensland and Northern Territory, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union - a member of the AMWU National and State Executive and the Queensland Council of Unions Executive and Management Committee. 

    Ms Julie Williams, Chief Executive Officer, AgSolutions Australia - instrumental in the development of a thriving business employing over 40 staff who are committed to serving farming communities.

    Ms Jacqui Wilson-Smith, Global Innovation Manager, McCormick & Company Inc - an innovator, marketer, chair, director and board advisor as well as being part of the largest producer of spices in the world. 

    Mr Stephen Tait, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) - an experienced business leader who joined CCIQ as CEO in 2012 to represent Queensland’s small and medium businesses.