Gladstone's the place for business
IF YOU are going to run a business in industry, Gladstone is the place to do it, according to one of the region's successful industrial operators.
Purcell Lineboring and Engineering owner Terry Purcell said this region was in the perfect location. He has worked in engineering in Gladstone since he was 16 and has run his business for the past 16 years.
While others talk about challenges in the region at the moment, Mr Purcell sees opportunity.
"It's just a central location between the Surat and Bowen Basins," he said.
"It's the greatest place on the east coast of Australia to live. It's far enough north that we've got good weather. We don't get the cyclones (further north)."
Mr Purcell has been nominated for the Forty Calis Memorial Award at the Golding Industry Conference.
The Golding Conference will honour a handful of people for their contributions to the Gladstone region's industrial landscape. Mr Purcell said that while legends such as Cyril Golding were a source of inspiration for the sector, he was equally inspired by the efforts and talents of smaller, lesser-known players in Gladstone.
"I think anyone who has a small business in Gladstone deserves a medal," he said.
Mr Purcell believes that while geography has been kind to industrial businesses in Gladstone, it was the talent and initiative of the people that drives the success.
Held Oct 10-11
The Golding Industry Conference culminates with the RBS Morgans Gala Dinner and Industry Awards ceremony