OPPORTUNITIES KNOCK AT EXPO
Amid the uncertainty of the mining industry, Queensland Gas Commission Commissioner Shane Charles, says it’s time for businesses to reflect, network and regroup while waiting for a resurgence in the Surat Basin.
There are forecasts the Surat Basin will host a potential $180 billion energy industry boom, which includes more than 60 major projects expected to be operational in the next 20 to 50 years and create about 12,500 jobs.
But Mr Charles, who is also chairman of the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, is forthright right now “Times are very tough.
“Luckily for the Surat Basin there are still contracts to fill and the gas has to continue to flow, and while capital expenditure has slumped, there still some activity in the upstream,” he said.
Yet Mr Charles maintains there is no better place to be than the Surat Basin.
In his role as commissioner, he liaises with theonshore gas industry, local businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development organisations, government, to promote local content opportunities.
Mr Charles warns businesses need to be smart and embrace opportunities like the 2016 Surat Basin Expo where more than 90 exhibitors, and government and business leaders, are set to gather in Toowoomba on June 15-16.
“We’re still buoyant about the industry, it’s here for a long time to come – gas prices will recover and we just have to keep in touch and understand where the business is heading.
“It’s more important than ever to network and make sure you are aware of what is out there,” he said.
This year the expo highlights trucking and transportation, storage and warehousing, technology in industry, mining and energy, training and human resources, safety and operational expertise.
Bookings, which are still open, are as diverse as Chassis Line, Earth Moving Rentals, Gasfields Commission Queensland, Shipping Container Rentals, Force One Aust, Anti Discrimination Council, Pelican Products, RPS Switchgear, Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast, Tankworks Australia, Brown and Hurley, Hip Pocket, Hi T3c 3D Australia, Armstrong Autogroup and CareFlight Group Australia.
Who knows, at the Expo, you could be rubbing shoulders with one of the Queensland mining equipment, technology and services industry companies generating a combined income of more than $20 billion a year by exporting their services?
The Queensland Resource Council maintains there’s 400 companies employing 30,000 to 40,000 people engaged doing business overseas and that’s expected to double in five years.
North Queenslanders need to remember Toowoomba is no longer that far away, courtesy of direct flights from Cairns into the new Brisbane West Wellcamp airport, outside Toowoomba.
The 2016 Surat Basin Expo, will be held at the Toowoomba Showground, on June 15-16.
An Industry Forum, set down for June 14, will feature high-powered guest speakers including Ben Hughes, of EconomX. He will release his employment strategy for the Surat Basin. A Welcome Breakfast will launch the Expo on June 15.