Jobs to flow from $75m Holcim project
SWANBANK Enterprise Park is set to see some of Queensland's largest economic activity take place within its boundaries with preparations for the construction of a $75 million manufacturing plant already under way.
The plant will house Swiss-based company Holcim and its construction is set to provide upwards of 340 jobs.
The $16 million civil works contract has been awarded to local contractor Gary Deane Constructions.
Bruce Harper, Investa Property Group general manager, said Holcim would start building its plant by the end of the year.
"Despite all the rain that we have had this summer we are on track to be able to complete the site and have it ready for Holcim to start construction later this year," he said.
"Investa holds 350 hectares of land in the industrial area here. In what is known as the central area of Swanbank Enterprise Park we are currently in discussions with True Energy who have an option on that site to build a gas fire power station there. We are talking to a couple of other major manufacturers who are looking at establishing in that central area as well."
"It is about a 15-year project and it will accommodate some of the state's largest economic activity. Some of the largest manufacturing plants and distribution plants will be located right here in Ipswich.
"We always saw south-east Queensland as being the growth area for industry and Ipswich as the centre of that economic growth.
"Ipswich council sees this as an important project for the economic development of the city and importantly it provides a lot of jobs.
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said Swanbank Enterprise Park had always been "the jewel in the crown" when it came to Ipswich's economic growth.
"We are talking about thousands and thousands of jobs," Cr Pisasale said.
"The Holcim project will create 340 jobs and then there is the multiplying effect of about four or five.
"What I like about Swanbank Enterprise Park is its vicinity to Ripley Valley and Springfield. It means we can provide jobs for people where they are living.
"Ipswich is now regarded as the place where large industries can make their home."