Future of industry looks good

INDUSTRY and business leaders gathered in Gladstone yesterday for the seventh Golding Industry Conference.

This two-day industry networking event, which continues today, informs, educates and gives opportunities to local industry, suppliers and businesses looking to tap into the future of Gladstone prosperity.

Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) chief executive Karen Porter said yesterday initial feedback was positive.

“We have heard that 2014 is going to be a big year if all the current projects go ahead under the current timelines they are expecting,” Ms Porter said.

“The GEA facilitate the conference to enable industry to showcase their projects and give suppliers business opportunities, but also to have a better understanding of the construction of projects and the work packages.”

Julie Strudwick, from Energy Skills Queensland (ESQ), said they were attending the conference because, as the LNG proponents reach their final investment decision, there will be a real skills shortage.

“So ESQ is being proactive to work to try and get strategies in place to attract new entrants into the industry and start up-skilling existing workers within industries in Gladstone,” Ms Strudwick said.

“We are currently working with the State and Federal governments to create a Gladstone Workforce Skilling Strategy, which will attract 200 entrants into Gladstone.”

Director of Residential Land Citimark Properties Geoff McWilliam said he came along to the conference to get a feel to see how much demand there was going to be for housing over the next two to three years.

“The way I see it, with so many people coming to town – even with the camps – there will be a demand for housing,” Mr McWilliam said.

“Be it people living in Gladstone or from investors around the country who speculate that there is going to be an increase in prices.”

Today's program

9.15am Phil Ferenczi-DEEDI

9.30am Chris Andersaon-QER

10.30am Stirling Hinchliffe

11am Don McDonald-Aust Steel Institute

11.30am Ross Johnson-Boulder Steel

1pm Mark Imber-Waratah Coal

1.30pm Andrew Hocking-Washpool Coal

3pm Bob Sauders-Stanwell

3.30pm Kevin Doyle-Cement Aus.

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