Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed plans by manufacturer Century Batteries on its plans to further expand its plant in Carole Park, south-west Brisbane.
“I welcome Century Batteries most recent investment in its Carole Park manufacturing facility to be the first sealed maintenance free (SMF) battery designed and built in Australia,” she said.
“There are more than 300 staff working from the Carole Park facility, and I understand battery demand has been so strong that the company is planning on a further expansion.”
Visiting the manufacturing facility, the Premier said she welcomed Century Batteries’ interest in key initiatives of her Government, including an upcoming reverse auction for 100 megawatts of energy storage and its active work with government-owned corporations and emergency services to supply critical power.
The Premier was briefed on the research and development commitment by Century to produce the SMF battery.
She said her Government was working with industry to encourage investment and job generation to deliver energy security for Queenslanders.
“My Government has kept our energy generation, transmission and distribution businesses in public ownership. We are developing a full energy mix – coal, gas, renewables – and we are progressing battery storage. As a result, we can keep downward pressure on electricity prices
Ms Palaszczuk said her Government had worked with industry to create 77,300 new jobs created since the 2015 election.
“Through our restoration of frontline services and key incentive programs for employers, we are creating jobs and opportunities for Queenslanders,” she said.