The Illawarra Mercury is throwing the toys out of the pram over a little publicised decision to build a Manufacturing Technology Innovation Centre in Canberra’s CBD.
The $29.8 million project will allow researchers and firms to collaborate to devise new techniques and products.
It is the latest addition to Enterprise Connect’s national network of ‘‘innovation centres’’.
The announcement triggered speculation Wollongong could be a possible location, given the region’s manufacturing roots.
However, a spokesman for Industry and Innovation Minister Greg Combet yesterday confirmed the centre would be based ‘‘within existing infrastructure’’ in Canberra’s CBD.