Strength in partnership – Queensland Local Content Leaders Network

Maintaining a heavy focus on economic impacts of local content and maximising opportunities for regional businesses in Queensland was the key discussion of the Queensland Local Content Leaders Network (QLCLN) Meeting held in Brisbane last Friday January 31st, which was hosted by BHP.

Attended by sixteen representatives of QLCLN Member Groups including Capricorn Enterprise, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, Central Highlands Development Corporation, Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA), Gladstone Regional Council, Resources Industry Network (RIN), Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3), Livingstone Shire Council, Queensland Resources Council, Adani, BHP, BMA and Mackay Regional Council, the Network came together at their quarterly meeting to share best practice initiatives on local content, industry participation, supply chain opportunities, procurement and purchasing, and regional development.

The voluntary collaborative of industry and local government practitioners, which Capricorn Enterprise remains actively involved with, provides a collaborative voice to advocate and influence the delivery of full, fair and reasonable opportunities for regional businesses to participate in the local content and supply chain space.

“QLCLN continues to play a pivotal role in delivering tailored responses to local content issues and identifying realistic, sustainable, consistent and collaborative solutions that deliver lasting benefits to our local economies,” said Neil Lethlean, Capricorn Enterprise Regional Economic Development Manager. 

Neil further emphasised that “by working together to find ways to maximise regional spend from major private and public projects is paramount to driving investment and economic prosperity in our regions and we remain committed to achieving strong local content outcomes to increase local participation and procurement activity for our regions and businesses.”

 “QLCLN acknowledges the strength in our partnership, and while it might be difficult for an isolated region to achieve strong local content outcomes and progress opportunities, the collective will come together next quarter to deliver on current actions and drive further advocacy through state and federal government for a clearer delineation of local content and improved business conditions and platforms,” said Neil.

The QLCLN is guided by the objectives and principles outlined in the Joint Statement of Commitment: Maximising Industry Local Content in Regional Queensland, which provides a formal commitment from the 13 signatories to increase local participation.

QLCLN meets four times per year with the next scheduled Meeting being hosted by Sunwater.

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