The Federal Government plans to inject $8.9 million to fund building a Tropical Knowledge and Innovation Centre (TKIC) at the James Cook University (JCU) campus in Townsville, Queensland.
In January, IT services provider, Anittel, locked in an exclusive deal with JCU to build the TKIC and a regional datacentre.
Anittel managing director and executive chairman, Peter Kazacos, said the funding strengthened its engagement with JCU and showed support for innovation in North Queensland and the tropics.
“Importantly this project will create local ICT jobs that have been increasingly moving overseas,” Kazacos said. “Our vision to support regional economies and deliver substantial economic and employment opportunities is strengthened by this funding.”
Minister for regional Australia, Catherine King, said the funding will be used to develop the centre, which will feature a datacentre, business incubation and collaboration centre.