Ma­jor projects pre­sented with fo­cus on op­por­tu­nity

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

TIMES are tough for the re­source in­dus­try but projects in the Galilee Basin and the re­sult­ing ex­pan­sion of Ab­bot Point will go ahead.

This was the res­o­lute cry from speak­ers at last Thurs­day’s Whit­sun­days Ma­jor Projects Sum­mit, hosted by Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Lim­ited in Bowen.

The sum­mit, which was opened in per­son by Whit­sun­day Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney, Mackay MP Julieanne Gil­bert and via a video pre­sen­ta­tion by Min­is­ter for State De­vel­op­ment, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines, An­thony Lyn­ham, gave at­ten­dees a chance to hear di­rectly from pro­po­nents about how the re­gion’s var­i­ous ma­jor projects were pro­gress­ing.

Speak­ers rep­re­sent­ing Adani, Waratah Coal, Q Coal, GVK Han­cock and the Min­er­als Coun­cil of Aus­tralia, talked about projects such as the Carmichael Mine and rail lines to Ab­bot Point, as well as the broader chal­lenges fac­ing the re­source in­dus­try at present.

There were also op­por­tu­ni­ties to hear about in­fra­struc­ture, with Whit­sun­day Re- gional Coun­cil’s CEO Scott Wa­ters pre­sent­ing on the cur­rent drive to grow the air­port and North Queens­land Bulk Ports CEO, Steve Lewis, and Michael Al­lan, from the depart­ment of State De­vel­op­ment, talk­ing about Ab­bot Point.

WMDL’s gen­eral man­ager of Oper­a­tions and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Denise Kreym­borg, said she was pleased to be able to give lo­cal busi­nesses and sup­ply chains the chance to hear that things were “still hap­pen­ing” and the op­por­tu­nity to net­work and lever­age from th­ese projects.

CRE­AT­ING OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES: Elouise Lamb and Denise Kreym­borg at the Ma­jor Projects Sum­mit hosted by Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Lim­ited in Bowen last week.

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