Students, academics, researchers and the wider Cairns and Far North Queensland community are already benefiting from the multi-million dollar James Cook University Ideas Lab which was officially opened today.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Australian Government had invested $10 million towards the overall $30.8m cost of the project.
He said he was proud to help deliver this vital piece of education infrastructure which was a 2016 election commitment.
“The JCU Ideas Lab is already, and will continue to, foster a culture of entrepreneurship at James Cook University and offer an avenue for connectivity with schools,” Mr Entsch said.
“It is already allowing people to connect, create and collaborate.
“The project will provide an ongoing economic stimulus to Cairns and the surrounding area through attracting new students and retaining skills in the region which is especially important as we chart our waythrough the post-COVID recovery.
“This facility is a world-class addition to James Cook University and one that I am proud to have played a small role in delivering for our community.”
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $10,000,000 investment in integral infrastructure would provide immense benefits to the Cairns region.
“This investment saw the construction of a 4,100 square metre multi-level building which will allow for better collaboration between researchers and entrepreneurs in the region, boosting productivity, invention and innovation,” Mr McCormack said.
“By supporting 100 full-time jobs during construction, in addition to using local businesses and supplies, this project will help bring economic prosperity to Cairns for many years to come.”
For further information about the JCU Ideas Lab visit: www.jcu.edu.au/jcu-ideas-lab