The Chronicle



MORE than 100 business leaders heard about how they can position themselves for upcoming developmen­ts and opportunit­ies in the Maranoa region at the Roma Enterprise Evening hosted by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise.

Attendees heard from Santos’ general manager of onshore developmen­t Glenn Watt on an overview of their next extension of their work programs in the Arcadia Valley and Roma Fields, and updated attendees on current activities in the Surat and Bowen Basins.

“Since 2016 more than $600 million has been spent directly in the Maranoa, with continued operations and developmen­t throughout Covid,” Mr Watt said.

He also gave the audience advice on submitting tenders so people can best position their business.

“Consider things like business goals, capabiliti­es, capacity, visibility, and identifyin­g gaps and seeking support if required,” he said.

With a large focus on the future, Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Tyson Golder also spoke on how the council is supporting new infrastruc­ture and projects.

Prior to the Enterprise Evening, in honour of Indigenous Business Month, TSBE facilitate­d a question-andanswer session focused on supporting Indigenous businesses working with major projects. The session featured representa­tives from Easternwel­l, ARTC/Inland Rail and Origin Energy who discussed their experience­s and ongoing ideas to continue outcomes and their role in major projects to support participat­ion.

TSBE CEO Ali Davenport said the Enterprise Evening was an ideal opportunit­y to highlight all the ongoing activity across the Maranoa.

“The region has a Gross Regional Product of more than $2 billion and it’s increasing every year,” she said.

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