Turning red clay into white gold for Queensland’s economic future

Queensland has an opportunity to value-add along its battery materials (Li-ion) supply chain and other strong industries to ensure economic stability post-COVID but it will require a coordinated approach according to a QUT expert.

Associate Professor Sara Couperthwaite, a QUT researcher focused on commercial outcomes, addressed Queensland Parliamentarians on supporting job creation post-COVID at the Queensland Future Conversations breakfast this morning.

“If we make and sell products from our natural resources rather than sell these raw, we can build our capacity and ability to meet global market demands and ensure our economic future,” Associate Professor Couperthwaite said.

“Australia, and Queensland specifically, has resources and processing capabilities in the Li-ion battery value chain, and the proposed $2B Li-ion battery Gigafactory in Townsville would build our advanced manufacturing capacity.”

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