Gladstone Engineering Alliance Panel of Procurement on March 3rd. Photo Paul Braven
Gladstone Engineering Alliance Panel of Procurement on March 3rd. Photo Paul Braven Paul Braven

Gladstone industry needs to plan for future

SMALL businesses have been told they need to match or better job tenders of outside competitors if they want to be involved in industry.

They were also reminded of the importance of networking to build relationships between companies.

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Speakers from NRG Gladstone Power Station, Queensland Alumina Ltd, Gladstone Area Water Board, Boyne Smelters Ltd and Gladstone Ports Corporation told a Gladstone Engineering Alliance industry update luncheon on Tuesday that they were working with aging assets that required strong plans in globally challenging markets.

GEA general manager Carli Hobbs said it was just the beginning of the GEA's campaign to get industry engaging with small to medium enterprises.

"Those here today are showing they want to engage by willingly coming for open discussions," she said.

"That is the first step."

She said Gladstone's industry needed to look at where it was going.

"The economy is changing and business is changing.

"We need to remember it comes back to having client relationships."

QAL chief financial officer Peter Odgers said he would listen to any contractor that came with their proposals.

"But I still have to produce alumina in a price bracket," he said.

QAL has spent an average of $200 million a year for the last three years in the 4680 postcode.



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