Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it is imperative Queensland establish and maintain a domestic production capacity for PPE now and into the future beyond this crisis.
Queensland’s manufacturers and producers have come forward to make and deliver urgently needed on-going supplies of vital personal protection equipment.
Cameron Dick, QLD minister for manufacturing has been tasked by the premier to looking after the supply chain in QLD.
Cameron announced on Sunday April 5 that the state will start the #MakingItForQLD campaign, to celebrate all the manufacturers who are leading the way during these uncertain times.
“Our mighty manufacturers have stepped up production, explored new ideas and are going above and beyond in the fight against coronavirus,” Cameron said.
This includes companies that are doing everything they can to support the home-grown manufacturing of essential health care supplies such as face masks, hand sanitisers, gowns and ventilators.
“We want to see all manufacturers big and small – food manufacturers, meat processors, clothes designers, showcasing the work they are doing to support Queenslanders as our state tackles this pandemic head-on,” he said.
Queensland manufacturers and producers are encouraged to take photos or video in front of their workplace, on the shop floor or with their products, holding a handwritten sign with the hashtag #MakingItForQLD.
Bundaberg Rum have moved ahead with the production of ethanol and donating 100,000 litres, enough to produce around 500,000 bottles, to the Queensland Government.
Cameron said the Queensland Government is also reaching out to manufacturers, suppliers and producers to identify supply chain gaps, to help keep production lines flowing and protect jobs.
“If you’re a manufacturer and need help with supply chain issues, we’ll work to connect you as quickly as possible with any new suppliers, producers and networks you may need,” he said.
The Premier said the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning will be providing financial assistance of $1.2 million to Logan’s Evolve Group to urgently start making disposable N95 medical masks in high volume.
60,000 N95 Evolve face masks are manufactured each day to help meet the ongoing need for personal protective equipment.
The Premier said the agreement that has been signed with Evolve Group ensures that Queensland has priority access to its own manufactured supply of urgently needed face masks to support frontline health workers and the broader community.
“We are prepared to back our manufacturers with long term offtake agreements to ensure they keep manufacturing them here,” Annastacia said.
“Queenslanders can be assured the state’s health and manufacturing systems are world-class and we are well-positioned to confront the challenge ahead,” Cameron said.
QLD manufacturers or businesses having difficulties accessing supplies are encouraged to go to the QLD government website for support and for suppliers who are able to help fill supply gaps, register at the ICN Gateway website.