Cairns engineers rewarded for thinking big

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 30/08/2004 - 21:24

Cairns engineers were rewarded for thinking big today when Minister for State Development and Innovation, Tony McGrady announced an $88,000 grant over two years to accelerate the local industry's growth.

State Development & Innovation, Tony McGrady


"The Cairns Region Engineering Network (CREN) will use the grant to employ a cluster manager who will promote the region's manufacturing capabilities and encourage collaboration between the network's 40 members," Mr McGrady said.

"The network members are thinking big and taking a smart approach to securing future industry development by promoting the region's broad capabilities to potential clients in the Cairns region and further abroad.

"The network has already had success in promoting members' capabilities outside the region with local firm Dawson's Engineering securing a $600,000 order for fabrication work at Weipa," he said.

The $88,000 grant is being awarded under the Regional Business Development Scheme, designed to assist business and community groups to identify and pursue opportunities for regional growth.

"Cairns' largest engineering company NQEA Australia is actively supporting local industry development through its network membership," Mr McGrady said.

"They are subcontracting work to other CREN members on major works contracts and recommending CREN members for work that they are unavailable to complete.

"English Engineering has experienced the benefits of network membership, recently securing a contract for work on a $2 million tourist pontoon in the Whitsundays and $20,000 work on an international superyacht based on recommendations from NQEA.

"CREN are doing great things for Cairns and the Queensland Government is proud to support their continued success," he said.

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