Local businesses will get the ‘good oil’ in Mackay next month on how to win work from the biggest projects coming to the region, including the $21.7 billion Carmichael coal and rail project.
Presenters at the regional growth seminar at Mackay’s Harrup Park Country Club on July 6 will include representatives of the Carmichael project and the $498 million Mackay Ring Road.
Speaking at the Mackay Show today, State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said that regional businesses should grab the opportunity to find out how to win work from the multi-million dollar projects.
“These major projects will be an economic shot in the arm for businesses creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the region,” Dr Lynham said.
“That’s why the Premier worked hard to win the commitment from the chairman of Adani to use regional workers and base themselves in regional Queensland.”
Member for Mackay Julianne Gilbert said Mackay’s Paget was home to some of Australia’s leading mining equipment, technology and services companies.
“Our mining services businesses have a long record of developing innovative solutions to the challenges faced by Bowen Basin miners,” she said.
“Businesses in this sector should see real opportunities flow out of the Carmichael project as it gets underway.”
Dr Lynham said Queensland’s mining services businesses were major export earners for the state.
“Their innovations have been applied overseas and found their way to other sectors, including agriculture and construction,” he said.
“Much of that innovation has come directly from companies based in the Mackay region – companies like Taurus Mining Solutions who feature in our State Budget.
“We are investing $35 million over five years to boost trade and investment across Queensland, including a Mackay Trade and Investment Action Plan, trade and investment training, and access to business leaders program for Mackay businesses to help local businesses take on the world.”
Adani has confirmed that Mackay will be the base for its mining services and that its rail maintenance and provisioning yard will be in the Mackay-Bowen region.
The Carmichael Coal and Rail project proponent has also committed to create 600 new jobs and employ people from regional Queensland in the next pre-construction phase of the Carmichael coal project.
Ms Gilbert said the Palaszczuk Government wanted to see as many local businesses as possible benefitting from major projects.
“I’d encourage local businesses to register now that Adani is collecting expressions of interest from interested suppliers and contractors at https://economx.com/,” he said.
To register for the seminar visit statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/