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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier welcomes battery manufacturer’s plans for expansion

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, August 07, 2017

    Premier welcomes battery manufacturer’s plans for expansion

    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 today, 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.

    Back to Work SEQ

    In the State Budget, the Government extended its successful Back to Work program from regional Queensland to also include the State’s south-east.

    The Back to Work SEQ program kicked off on July 1, backed by $27.5 million in new funding to support up to 1,500 new jobs and it’s available to employers in the south east who take on a long-term unemployed or a young unemployed jobseeker aged 15-24 years. 

    Employees must have been working for four weeks (from 1 July 2017) to enable employers to apply for support payments.

    Back to Work south east Queensland * 

    Support payments available for eligible employers of up to:

    • $15,000 for eligible employers who hire a long-term unemployed jobseeker (a person unemployed for 52 weeks or more)
    • $20,000 for a young jobseeker (aged between 15-24 years)
    • To be eligible, employees need to have started work on, or after Saturday 1 July 2017, and have been employed for at least four weeks. 

    *Eligibility criteria apply.

    Businesses can visit or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work, or to apply for an employer support payment.

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791