Big names hit town for Conference

THE heads of industry are gathered together in Gladstone today for the start of the seventh Golding Industry Conference.

From the steel industry to the liquefied natural gas industry and QR National, this two-day event gives local businesses and suppliers the chance to hear the latest industry news and opportunities available in Central Queensland.

Hosted by the Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA), the conference will present a group of senior industry representatives and decision makers the likes of which Gladstone has rarely been privileged to witness, assembled together for a single industry event.

GEA chief executive Karen Porter said the GEA will be delivering the most comprehensive whole-of-industry update to Gladstone businesses, including the status of current and future projects in the region.

“People can expect to hear from industry decision makers and the latest industry news and network with other industry suppliers,” Ms Porter said.

“It gives Gladstone industry an opportunity to inform their suppliers on their projects and gives the opportunity for suppliers to major industry to have a better understanding of their timelines and also their capabilities expectations.”

With approximately $65 billion of projects under way or in development, Gladstone businesses have a unique opportunity to hear first hand, from industry decision makers, the extent and complexity of major projects planned for the Gladstone Region as well as timelines for the development of the projects.

Golding chief executive Geoff Caton said Gladstone is uniquely positioned as the nominated hub for enormous industrial development over the next decade and beyond.

“The sheer scale and complexity of the various projects will see Gladstone as a real ‘engine room' driving significant growth and change in the region,” Mr Caton said.

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