Expo to put spotlight on Surat Basin economies

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Surat Basin Energy and Mining Expo organisers are getting ready to showcase of the very latest offerings for all sorts of businesses and industries across the region next week.

Event director Bob Carroll has said businesses need to get up to date with how they do business, be informed by experts on what projects are coming and how to access that work – else they will be left behind.

“This event gives local business owners and their senior staff free access to view thousands of products and services and, best of all, to take part in networking and business forums that will give them current advice and facts on economic trends,” he said.

The Maranoa Regional Council Industry Forum on June 16 features three key presenters – Councillor Wendy Newman, GasFields Commission Chairman John Cotter and BIS Shrapnel’s Senior Manager Infrastructure and Mining Adrian Hart.

Cr Newman will update attendees on the region’s economic outlook.

Commissioner Cotter, who recently stated “CSG companies spend $1.5 billion annually in the region, employ 10,000 workers and the life of the wells is 20-30 years”, will provide a Surat Basin overview.

Mr Hart was the lead author of the February 2015, Major Projects Report, which predicted positive economic times ahead for both the south east and the Surat Basin regions based on current and expected projects.

That report suggested an economic resurgence to the point that workers would have to be brought to the region from other parts of the state.

Mr Hart will also present at the Western Downs Regional Council Welcome Breakfast, comparing local prospects to the rest of the state.

“We are pleased to offer these two event programs to exhibitors and delegates alike for the very first time. I strongly encourage attendees to register for these events if they want to get the facts on this region, from the experts,” Mr Carroll said.

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