Construction company Fergus Builders has won a contract to build the Resources Centre of Excellence in Mackay and Assistant Minister for State Development and Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the award would create up to 22 direct and indirect jobs onsite and through the supply chain.

“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to partner with Mackay Regional Council to deliver a world-class facility that will drive research and innovation in the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“It will also provide improved training opportunities for the new wave of apprentices entering the industry.

“Mackay is one of Queensland’s major resource industry support hubs, and this new centre of excellence will leverage off existing local expertise and further advance the state’s METS vision.”

The Centre is a joint Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council project.

The US$2.25 ($3.28) million contract includes construction of an administration building, workshop, laboratory, landscaping and utilities and sets it up for the next stage, which will include fit-out of an underground mining simulator.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the Resources Centre of Excellence was one of council’s largest current projects.

“This state-of-the-art centre will further enhance Mackay’s reputation as the service hub for the resources industry in the Bowen and Galilee Basins,” he said.

“It's fantastic that this tender has been awarded to a local company, with Fergus Builders selected due to their competitive price and track record in major construction projects in our region.

“They have previously delivered projects for council, including the Dudley Denny City Library and Paget workshop extensions.”

Users of the centre will include training providers, researchers, and private companies within the METS sector.

Construction works are due to begin soon, with completion scheduled for March 2020.