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Food and drink manufacturing precinct to be built at Sunshine Coast Airport


Sunshine Coast Airport will soon be home to a new multimillion-dollar, Australian-first food and beverage manufacturing precinct designed to turbocharge the local industry for national and international export markets.

Food and Agribusiness Network has been awarded a $8.78 million Federal Government grant to create the Turbine Precinct, which is aimed at positioning the Sunshine Coast as an epicentre for supporting food and beverage businesses.

The project will be designed to drive innovation, reduce barriers to scale, increase productivity for food and beverage manufacturers and will open up new national and international export markets.

Basing the facility at the Sunshine Coast Airport is expected to give local businesses the unique ability to more easily access domestic and international markets and leverage a range of Free Trade Agreements that the Federal Government has recently secured.

Food and Agribusiness Network CEO Emma Greenhatch said she was excited to reveal the preliminary plans for the manufacturing hub that it had been advocating for the past five years.

“We’re delighted by the Federal Government’s support of the Turbine project through the
announcement of this funding,” Ms Greenhatch said.

“The vision of the Turbine Precinct is to create a blueprint for the future of Australian food and beverage manufacturing, where industry, research, government and education and training providers collectively unlock growth and drive innovation.

“Over the past six years FAN has created a unique, collaborative ecosystem to support the growth of the food and agribusiness industry in the greater Sunshine Coast region. Turbine will take this to the next level, providing advanced manufacturing capability, critical services and education and training to turbocharge industry growth.”

Federal Fairfax MP Ted O’Brien said the funding announcement would transform the food and beverage manufacturing sector on the Sunshine Coast.

“This model is an Australian-first. The Turbine Precinct will provide local food and beverage businesses with end-to-end support and it will be the envy of the world,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This Federal funding directly supports the development of the Turbine Precinct’s common use infrastructure, collaborative manufacturing services and research capabilities.

“This means that local start-ups will have access to the equipment and resources required to go to market and the advanced infrastructure and networks to scale globally.”

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie welcomed the funding announcement.

“The opportunity to have Australia’s first purpose-built food and manufacturing facility located at our airport will directly benefit our community through the jobs and business growth it creates,” Mr Brodie said.

“While we are still in the initial planning stages, we are excited by the opportunities this will create for our region and this facility is consistent with our vision for the airport as outlined in our Airport Master Plan 2040.


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