07 Jun GLADSTONE’S INDUSTRY CAPABILITIES ON SHOW TO THE WORLD 🗺
A delegation of representatives from Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA), Gladstone Regional Council, Trade and Investment Queensland, the Qld Department of Innovation, State Development and CQ University have travelled to the United States on a fact-finding mission to investigate future opportunities within the hydrogen, biofuels and renewable energy sector for Central Queensland. GEA president Anthony Buenen, Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett along with CQ University Associate Professor Owen Nevin are promoting Gladstone as a place to invest with the support of Queensland Minister for Innovation Kate Jones. The group is currently at the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia.
GEA chief executive officer Julie Gelder said the trade mission is not only designed to investigate up and coming opportunities for the Central Queensland region within hydrogen, biofuels and the renewables sector, but to also attract investment and to get a better understanding of the emerging industry. “Gladstone’s been identified as the preferred region in the development of clean, innovative and competitive renewable energy with the Queensland Premier only last week announcing the region will play an integral part in the Queensland Government’s $19 million Hydrogen Industry Strategy,” Ms Gelder said.
“The Gladstone region has a diverse economy based on its worldwide reputation as Australia’s industrial hub with large scale industrial development infrastructure and available land to accommodate long term investment and growth of the emerging hydrogen, biofuels and renewable energy sector,” Ms Gelder explained.
The delegation will also be attending the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Iowa in July.
“For the GEA it’s about promoting the regions workforce and expertise in building and servicing major infrastructure projects in the region and educating that workforce to be ready for emerging and future industries,” Ms Gelder added.