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Townsville’s Next-Gen Hub for Green-Powered Trucking and Defence Vehicles

Townsville's Next-Gen Hub for Green-Powered Trucking and Defence Vehicles
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Townsville is set to become the epicentre of North Queensland’s clean energy revolution with the announcement of an $18.79 million Defence and Hydrogen Maintenance Hub.

This cutting-edge facility, spearheaded by RGM Maintenance and supported by the Queensland Government, will cater to electric and hydrogen-powered trucks as well as heavy Australian Defence Force (ADF) vehicles.

Powering North Queensland’s Green Fleet

The Defence and Hydrogen Maintenance Hub, located in the Cleveland Bay Industrial Park, will emerge as North Queensland‘s first specialist centre for the sale, repair, and maintenance of next-generation EV and hydrogen-heavy vehicles.

This forward-looking initiative is a crucial link in the region’s growing renewable energy supply chain.

The Queensland Government’s Industry Partnership Program supports this project, reinforcing the state’s commitment to fostering new industries aligned with the global shift towards decarbonisation.

A Boost for Jobs and Training in Green Transport

Acting Premier Steven Miles highlights the multifaceted impact of the hub, stating, “The hub will put North Queensland and Townsville on the map as a key location for new-generation heavy-vehicle fleets.”

This undertaking is not just about technological advancement; it’s a job creation engine. The hub is expected to generate 65 new jobs, in addition to the existing 62 staff at RGM’s Townsville operations.

Beyond employment opportunities, the hub will provide essential training in EV and hydrogen vehicle maintenance, positioning Townsville’s workforce at the forefront of the green-fueled heavy transport sector.

Bringing the Future to Townsville

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart expresses the government’s commitment to supporting new industries. The Palaszczuk Government is supporting investment in new industries like critical minerals through Copperstring 2032 and hydrogen facilities like this and the SunHQ hydrogen hub, he affirms.

This strategic backing reflects a broader vision for Townsville’s economic growth and sustainability.