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Townsville to get $18.79 million defence and hydrogen maintenance hub

The acting Queensland premier says the hub will put North Queensland and Townsville on the map as a key location for new-generation heavy-vehicle fleets

The Queensland government has announced a new defence and hydrogen maintenance hub costing $18.79 million that will be built in Townsville. 

This facility will be North Queensland’s first specialist hub for electric vehicles (EV) and hydrogen-powered trucks and Australian Defence Force (ADF) heavy vehicles.

Built in Cleveland Bay Industrial Park by RGM Maintenance, the hub will sell, repair and maintain new-generation EV and hydrogen heavy vehicles and will be a major link in North Queensland’s growing renewable energy supply chain. 

It will also ensure ADF heavy vehicles have a bigger and better specialist facility for maintenance and repairs.

Acting premier Steven Miles says the hub is another exciting opportunity coming to regional Queensland.

“This will be the first North Queensland centre specialising in end-to-end sales, repair and maintenance of clean, green EV and hydrogen heavy transport,” he says. 

“The hub will put North Queensland and Townsville on the map as a key location for new-generation heavy-vehicle fleets.

“It also reinforces Queensland’s position as Australia’s khaki state offering essential services to support ADF ground transport operations.

Member for Mundingburra Les Walker says Townsville is Australia’s largest garrison city, with the government knowing how important Defence is as a direct and indirect employee.

“Supporting businesses like RGM Maintenance who work in the Defence industry are another way we can help support the jobs of the future in Townsville,” Walker says.

The hub is expected to create 65 new jobs, in addition to the existing 62 staff now employed at the existing Townsville operations.

RGM Director Greg Jackson says this facility is a huge step forward for next-generation heavy transport.

“There is enormous potential for EV and hydrogen vehicles in the heavy transport sector and the hub will help put Townsville at the forefront of this expanding sector,” Jackson says.

“It will also provide a bigger and better facility for servicing ADF ground transport fleets.”

The project is supported by the Queensland government’s Industry Partnership Program and aligns with its Queensland new-industry development strategy that is developing the industries that will be in demand as the world decarbonises.

Construction is expected to start in late 2024 with the hub anticipated to be completed in late 2025.

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