THE QUEENSLAND government is looking to declare a site in Mackay a “state development area”.
The declaration would “unlock industrial land and grow exciting new industries” in the area, according to a statement from the state government.
The proposed SDA would focus on developing new industries such as biomanufacturing, renewable energy and “green jet fuel”.
According to the state government, the declaration of an SDA would position Mackay to tap into this growing market while leveraging its strengths in rural industries such as cane growing and sugar production.
Public consultation will run until 15 September, with submissions received during that time to be considered before a final decision is made.
State MP for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said unlocking industrial land would pave the way for Mackay to host commercial-scale and high-value industry opportunities that would serve a key role in global supply chains.
“The region is poised to capitalise on growing demand for bioproducts due to its rich supply of feedstock, transport networks and port and manufacturing strengths,” she said.
“This is a proposal that will shape the region’s economic future so we’re inviting members of the community to have their say.
Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles said the declaration of an SDA would deliver huge economic benefits in Mackay.
“Many of our regional industries are growing thanks to their local state development areas,” he said.
“The investigation into a Mackay SDA coincides with the Queensland Government’s New Industry Development Strategy, which focuses on creating opportunities for cleaner, greener products
“This SDA would catalyse new commercial-scale industries, while leveraging the region’s strengths in agriculture and manufacturing, to produce everything from sustainable aviation fuel to fermented foods.”