The Surat Basin’s leading business development group has signed up to a new initiative to help regional businesses across Queensland enter the resources sector supply chain.
Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) has thrown their support behind the Maximising Industry Local Content in Regional Queensland initiative, originally developed by The Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) in Emerald.
Twelve other industry groups from throughout the Surat, Bowen and Galilee Basins have also signed up to the initiative.
“TSBE continues to work with a number of resource companies but this commitment is about ensuring that we garner the full potential of local businesses and their ability to engage with the supply chain now and in the future,” TSBE chief executive officer Shane Charles said.
“Increasing local content participation is at the front foot of what we want to achieve in this region and this initiative will give us a leg up in giving businesses sustainable opportunities.”
Groups signing up to the initiative commit to working with industry to “deliver supply chain opportunities to local operators, and to being a convenient communication point for industry and local businesses.”
The initiative aims to work collaboratively across regions and to support training and skills education initiatives.
TSBE General Manager for the Surat Basin Supply Chain Reagan Parle said the initiative was a step in the right direction for further aiding local businesses engage with the supply chain.
“There have been some excellent examples of how major projects have engaged with local business communities in the past,”Mr Parle said.
“However, in the cases where this opportunity to engage is not as clear cut, the organisations within the Joint Statement will demonstrate a clear method for major projects to improve engagement and local content performance in regions.”