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Move to strengthen stinger net industry

FLOATING stinger net enclosures protecting ocean swimmers from box jellyfish and sharks along Queensland beaches will soon be manufactured, repaired and maintained at a brand new Cairns facility.

Uninet Enclosure Systems (Uninet) will relocate from two separate premises in central Cairns to a larger combined facility in the Cairns South State Development Area.

The company is Queensland’s only supplier of stinger net enclosures which are provided to local councils on a hire basis.

The $1 million project will provide 10 jobs during construction and eight operational jobs.

The Cairns South SDA has been established by Queensland’s Coordinator-General and the Coordinator-General has provided planning approval for the facility.

Uninet manager Kim Moss is looking forward to being able to consolidate the business on one site.

“We can grow and explore new opportunities, including for the export market,” Mr Moss said.

“The relocation to the Cairns South SDA will give us a purpose-built facility and the room we need for expansion.

“We currently manufacture and supply nets on a permanent-hire basis to Queensland councils in around 30 locations.

“We’re fielding enquiries from overseas markets and we’re keen to further explore the opportunities that the new facility will make possible for us.”

Member for Cairns and Assistant Tourism Minister Michael Healy said the new facility will include areas for washdown, inspection, cleaning and maintenance.”

“Uninet help locals and visitors alike safely swim at many beautiful Queensland beaches, which is great for our lifestyle and tourism,” Mr Healy said.

The new premises will provide more manufacturing capacity and scope to explore opportunities for manufacturing enclosures for export to locations like Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Leading TTNQ into the future and Learner driver arrested for drink driving.

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