Op­por­tu­nity knocks at Su­rat Basin Expo

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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.

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