“Turbine presents an opportunity to establish an important asset that will contribute significantly to the Sunshine Coast’s future,” Cayley said. “This precinct will shine a light on the importance of manufacturing in the food and beverage sector and will offer so many opportunities to those smaller businesses who really need the support to help them scale, break into new markets and increase their market share.
“This is the start of something truly special, not just for the Sunshine Coast but for all of Australia and it is a privilege to be a part of such an innovative initiative for our region.”
Stage One of the Turbine Precinct will be focused on beverage manufacturing. In addition to working with and supporting start-ups and small businesses, the export-ready facility will also attract global beverage brands who see the facility and its location as a gateway to international markets.
“Over the past six years, FAN has created a unique, collaborative ecosystem to support the growth of the food and agribusiness industry across the Greater Sunshine Coast region,” Turbine director and FAN CEO Emma Greenhatch said. “Turbine will take this to the next level, providing advanced manufacturing capability, critical services and education and training to turbocharge industry growth.”
Greenhatch said that the project started on the premise that collaboration is key to future success, and a vision to create a foundation for Australian food and beverage manufacturing to stand upon.
“The Turbine Precinct will be a place where industry, research, government and education and training providers collectively unlock growth and drive innovation, and Turbine’s Board are delighted that Frances will be leading the project,” she said.
“Frances’ values parallel those of Turbine and this, coupled with her skills in property and her ability to engage with key stakeholders, made her the ideal person for the role.”
Planning is underway for the Turbine Precinct, which is due to commence operations in late 2023.