Capricorn Enterprise Major Projects Forum (Thursday 29th October 2020)

With more than $4.6 billion worth of major regional projects on the horizon, the sold out 150-strong Forum brought together several of Australia’s leading industry professionals with presentations on a range of resources, defence and general infrastructure projects, currently underway or slated to commence in the near future.

The full day event, which maintained a strong focus on continued engagement and collaboration amongst industry, was jam-packed with updates on key projects, deliverables, and priorities for the next 12 months.

Among the presenters at the Forum were Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian MacFarlane, Defence representative Jonathan Earley, Craig Simpson from Laing O’Rourke’s ASMTI Project, Work in Central Queensland representatives Phil Cooper and Ben Hughes, David Brown and Nam Quach from Clarke Creek Wind Farm, Beef Australia 2020’s CEO Ian Mill, Suzanne Mitchell representing Carmichael Mine, and Queensland Economy Watch Economist and Director of Adept Economics Gene Tunney.

Gene presented on the economic outlook for Central Queensland and the rest of the state, discussing how Central Queensland has coped with the COVID-shock better than every other region in the state, no doubt due to the stabilising role played by the resources and agricultural sectors. Gene also considered the implications of the looming fiscal cliff, default cliff, and insolvency tsunami for the economic outlook, as well as sector-specific developments in resources, agriculture, and energy, among others. Reports of Chinese restrictions on imports of Australian commodities were considered as part of this discussion. 

All sessions finished with a Q&A opportunity allowing delegates to delve further into areas of interest, and an informal networking event was be held at the day’s conclusion.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll was once again impressed to see the Forum quickly reach capacity, proving that industry representatives are ready and raring to discover more about the planned and expected projects that will directly impact our region.

“Central Queensland is currently booming with billions of dollars of development in the pipeline, presenting exciting opportunities for our regional business and local workforce,” Mary said.

“The fantastic line-up of speakers unpacking information on ‘game changer’ infrastructure and development projects provided an outstanding mix of future investment and business expansion opportunities for CQ industry.”

Presentations will be posted to following approval.

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