Major Projects Forum – MPF2021

The Region’s Premier Industry Event

Join local industry partners in a day of learning and collaboration on the major projects and developments happening in our region. Hear from industry leaders and project proponents on future investments and industry trends.

Thanks to our Event Gold Partner

The Capricorn Enterprise Major Projects Forum is the premier project forum in the region, covering projects investing over $5bn in our region through to 2024/25.

By June 2024, Australia’s population will be 600k less than the pre-COVID projections. However, we expect that the Queensland economy will outpace the national economy over this period due to construction, mining and agriculture development.

Within our region, roads, energy, defence and water projects are expected to sustain elevated levels of project activity, the most significant being the $1bn Rockhampton Ring Road and the Defence Initiatives at Shoalwater Bay.

The forum will also look forward to the next generation of development, including opportunities in emerging industries such as renewable energy and hydrogen.

Sponsorship Opportunities

At the 2021 Forum we anticipate over 200 attendees, 12 national speakers, and the opportunity to network with industry leaders. This is an invaluable opportunity to build awareness for your brand among an audience from Central Queensland and Australia.

As outlined in our prospectus, we aim to offer flexible sponsorship opportunities to suit your needs. We expect that these sought-after positions will be acquired quickly, so please contact us as soon as possible.

Sponsorship BenefitsPlatinum PartnerGold Partner
Before the Forum
Acknowledgement and organisation logo on the forum website☑ ☑
Organisation logo on all event marketing ☑ ☑
Organisation profile included on forum website ☑
(300 words)
(100 words)
During the Forum
Organisation name, logo and profile in the forum program ☑ ☑
Promotional flyer distributed at the forum ☑ ☑
Rolling presentation or banner display at networking function ☑ ☑
Complimentary attendee passes ☑
Four (4)
Three (3)
Introductory 3 minute speaking opportunity at forum opening ☑
On stage co-branding banner display for all presentations ☑
After the Forum
Photos of the event displayed on the Capricorn Enterprise website ☑ ☑
Sponsor acknowledgement in the forum 2020 post event report.☑

We’re keen to work with our sponsors to come up with tailored solutions to connect you with our audience, such as special products or anything else you think would be suitable. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Call us on 07 4927 2055 or email us at for more information.

Forum Themes

Our 2021 forum themes include topics relevant to current major project initiatives, as well as forward-looking aspects of developments in our region:

  • Project delivery
  • Local content
  • Technology and innovation
  • Future energy

Call for Presenters

We are seeking expressions of interest from industry leaders addressing the forum themes.

If you would like to become a 2021 speaker, please send your expressions of interest to or call 07 4927 2055 for more information.

Date: 28th of October 2021

Frenchville Sports Club
105 Clifton Street
North Rockhampton
Queensland 4701

Registration – Early Bird
Member Rate: $99.00
Non-Member Rate: $129.00

Event Contact
Carmel Humphries
Phone: 07 4927 2055

Sponsorship Prospectus
Cancellation Policy

Forum Presenters

Carly Irving

Executive General Manager Yurika, Energy Queensland MBA GradCertBus Bed GAICD

Carly Irving is currently the Executive General Manager of Yurika which forms part of the Executive Leadership Team at Energy Queensland.  Carly is responsible for spearheading Yurika’s unregulated energy, metering, and telecommunications services business.

Carly has over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of senior leadership and Customer focused Management positions and these include General Management, Human Resource Management, Business Operations and Managing Director of her own Consulting business.

Carly was recently been recognised as a Queensland finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year 2019 Awards for her work challenging the traditional way we do things, in particular rebalancing the power and gender dynamics. 

Carly is a highly accomplished visionary executive with experience in corporate business operations, strategic planning, project management, logistics, acquisitions and mergers, OHS, contact centres, customer experience and IPO’s with both start up and growth organisations. Carly is results driven, a decisive situational leader with proven success in these areas, always ensuring sustainable business results, while maintaining the safety and wellness of her people.

Robert Sobyra

Director of Research and Digital, Construction Skills Queensland

Robert Sobyra is Director, Research & Digital with Construction Skills Queensland. Responsible for driving CSQ’s research agenda, Robert is a leading thinker at the intersection of construction and skills. He writes and talks regularly on all things economic. Robert is also a postgraduate researcher at the University of Queensland with a special interest in regional economic growth.

Gene Tunny

Director, Adept Economics

Gene Tunny is the Director of Adept Economics, a Brisbane-based economic consulting firm. He is a former Australian Treasury official who has managed teams in Treasury’s Industry and Budget Policy divisions. Gene has internationally recognised expertise in economic policy analysis and advice. For instance, Gene has led or participated as an expert presenter in three University of Queensland International Development courses delivered to Indonesian Government officials, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the World Bank. Gene is a regular economics commentator in Australian and international media.  In late 2018, his book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next: Queensland’s Public Finances Since Sir Joh and Sir Leo was published by Connor Court. Gene has a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Queensland, where he was a University Medallist.

Gene is also the author of Queensland Economy Watch, a blog dedicated to providing news and views on the Queensland economy, from managing growth to investing in the right infrastructure and beyond. His podcast, Economics Explained, offers concise explanations of economic concepts and debates from experts on topics including government spending and economic growth and global population growth.

Ian Macfarlane

Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council

Ian Macfarlane is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, a non-executive Director of Woodside Petroleum, the Chairman of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, a member of the board of TSBE (Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise), a Director of MET’s Ignited, a member of the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School Toowoomba Community Advisory Committee, a member of the Advisory Group on Northern Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Groom in October 1998 and is Australia’s longest serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister and the Coalition’s longest serving Federal Industry and Innovation Minister with over 14 years of experience in both Cabinet and shadow ministerial positions. Ian has extensive experience across the resources and energy, agribusiness, science and innovation, skills and training and manufacturing and industry sectors.

Ian retired from the Federal Parliament in May 2016.

Before entering federal politics, Ian was one of the country’s most active agripoliticians. He previously farmed peanuts, sorghum and wheat, and ran cattle in Queensland’s Burnett region. Ian was President of the Queensland Graingrowers Association for seven years, President of the Grains Council of Australia for two years, and simultaneously held executive positions on the Queensland and National Farmers’ Federations.

Ian is married to Karen and has two adult daughters. He lives in Toowoomba, Australia’s largest provincial inland city.

Elyse Reithmuller

Chief Executive Officer, Fitzroy Basin Association

As a passionate leader, innovator and critical thinker, Elyse is a powerful advocate for the Fitzroy region and its natural assets.

Elyse is the Chief Executive Officer of Fitzroy Basin Association, central Queensland’s preeminent Natural Resource Management organisation serving central Queensland. She has over 20 years of experience in land, water, vegetation and agriculture management in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Over the last ten years, Elyse has embedded herself in the Fitzroy region, building strategic partnerships with industry, community, private and public land managers. In this time, she has developed and lead profitable, productive and positive environmental solutions that have resulted in impressive water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef.

Leigh Walters

Project Director – Clarke Creek Wind Farm, Goldwind Australia

Building on an electrical background with studies in Construction Management and Economics as well as Law, Leigh has decades of experience in delivering large-scale infrastructure projects in the Defence, Health, Oil & Gas, Mining & Minerals, as well as Renewable Energy sectors. 

Leigh is Project Director for Goldwind Australia overseeing wind and solar farm project delivery across QLD, NSW, TAS and Western Australia.  Leigh is currently heading the transition of the 450MW Stage 1 Clarke Creek Wind Farm Project into delivery as well as supporting various other projects Goldwind Australia has in development.

Lewis Glynn

Head of Project Delivery, Surf Lakes

As Head of Project Delivery, Lewis will lead a team of project managers in charge of managing the construction and site-specific design requirements for each Surf Lake.

Lewis joins us from one of Australia’s largest project management consultancy firms, APP Corporation where he ran a Business Unit. There, Lewis and his team managed the design and construction of a diverse range of projects valued from $5M to over $1Bn including aquatic centres, Sydney Harbour marinas, aquatic sports treatment facilities, new sports stadia, luxury hotels and residential towers. Lewis has also co-founded a construction company in Sydney which he has since sold.

In the UK, Lewis started his career as a site manager with a construction firm in Wales (United Living Group) and was head-hunted to take on a role as design & technical manager for a $1bn+ residential development in central London for the St James Group.

In Australia, Lewis’ passion for surfing and background as RNLI senior lifeguard led him to pursue aquatic projects and is now recognised as an aquatic construction specialist.