The big players line up

SOME of the biggest industrial players on the globe are preparing to have their say in Gladstone.

The Golding Industry Conference is almost here and Gladstone Engineering Alliance has arranged a list of speakers that will put the audience in touch with some of the world's biggest companies.

The conference will have plenty to talk about. LNG proponents, WICET, Riot Tinto Alcan and Boyne Smelters Limited have had a 12-month period marked by milestones and setbacks.

The news has been overwhelmingly good rather than bad for the region's industrial sector, but last year's Golding Conference showed the forum is one where speakers throw off the public relations straight-jacket and speak frankly about the challenges faced as well successes achieved.

"The Golding Conference is a must for engineering, construction, mining, energy and support businesses," said GEA general manager Carli Hobbs.

"Representatives from the biggest industry projects in Central Queensland share their expertise, discuss their projects and educate our attendees about upcoming work packages and tender opportunities."

The conference will also be presenting industry awards at a gala dinner to honour individuals who are known for their entrepreneurial skills and exceptional service or product.

The most prestigious award is The Industry Hall of Fame Award, awarded to one inductee each year.

The legendary Cyril Golding, founder of Golding

Contractors, was the inaugural inductee last year. This year, Colin Walz, founder of Walz Group and Bob McCosker, McCosker Contracting, are the nominees to be inducted.

Other awards include the Forty Calis Memorial Award and the Wayne Peachy Memorial Award.

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