Opportunity knocks at Surat Basin Expo
AMID the uncertainty of the mining industry, Queensland Gas Commission Commissioner Shane Charles, said 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 20-50 years and create about 12,500 jobs.
But Mr Charles, who is also chairman of the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, said right now, “times are very tough”.
Mr Charles said 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.
For further details, to register, to attend for free or to buy your function tickets, visit www.surat basinexpo.com.au.
NEW TRUCK: Shopping for a truck for dad at last year’s Surat Basin Energy and Mining Expo was Selena Robinson.