GEA 2024 Major
Industry, Energy &
Manufacturing
Conference

Proudly Presented By

Central Queensland’s industrial and energy future will be outlined at the 2024 GEA Major Industry, Energy and Manufacturing Conference this  2 – 3 October 2024

 

The annual Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) Major Industry, Energy & Manufacturing Conference presented by Aestec Services is set to return this October 2024 over two action packed days, Wednesday and Thursday October 2nd & 3rd, at the Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre.

Gladstone is the gateway to Central Queensland’s (CQ) and the state’s Industrial and renewable energy sector. The 2024 conference will provide an opportunity to gain insight into where industry, energy and manufacturing is heading and the available opportunities emerging within the broader CQ Region as our Nation, State and Region progresses through the renewables transition.

The Conference provides superior networking conditions to reinforce relationships and gathering information to get a head start in the evolving business opportunities in store for the future.

What to expect:
  • Attendees will hear from a variety of influential guest speakers working in the heart of emerging industrial projects, the transition towards renewable energy, and sustainable manufacturing.
  • 2024 Conference delegates will have an exclusive opportunity to jump on-board the Gladstone Industry Bus Tour to hear more about the ever evolving industrial landscape in conjunction with some major project announcements.
  • Get involved early by joining GEA on a sightseeing cruise of the Gladstone Harbour on the evening of Tuesday October 1st with drinks, food, and live entertainment provided to set the scene on the exclusive Speaker/Sponsor Networking Harbour Cruise.
  • Attend the Gladstone Engineering Alliance Industry Awards night.
  • The Conference will conclude with a Networking Opportunity for all attendees.

2024 Conference Partner

At Aestec Services, we are proud to have contributed to the growth of the Gladstone region for over 20 years, including our 7-year partnership with GEA for the Major Industry, Energy & Manufacturing Conference. As a trusted Civil Construction and Maintenance company, we are driven to build a stronger future with the work we do.

Over the years, we’ve built lasting relationships, some spanning nearly two decades, and secured major contracts with the region’s key industries.

We value the strength of our community, with over 300 local employees. Our diverse range of trades and skill backgrounds allows us to offer innovative and comprehensive solutions for our clients.

Our clients are our partners – Aestec’s Project Management enables you to continue with the work you do best, while our teams are on-site handling the rest. Our services are always adapting to meet evolving needs, and we have a fleet of heavy machinery vehicles ready to mobilise when you need it.

Beyond business, Aestec Services actively contributes to our community by supporting organisations like the Boyne Tannum HookUp, GEA, local sports groups, and community events. We’re not just building infrastructure; we’re building a better future – one project at a time.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

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TIMELINE OF EVENTS

1 October 2024
Tuesday 1:00pm - 3.00pm
GLADSTONE INDUSTRY BUS TOUR

Explore Gladstone industries through GEA's bus tour in partnership with Gladstone Region Tours.

1 October 2024
Tuesday 5:30PM - 8:30PM
SPEAKERS AND SPONSORS EXCLUSIVE HARBOUR CRUISE

Enjoy a fantastic private evening while experiencing the Gladstone harbour tour at our Speakers and Sponsors Harbour Cruise the day before the big event. This is the perfect opportunity to connect and network with project speakers, leaders and event sponsors in an exclusive dinner environment.

2 October 2024
Wednesday 7:30AM - 3:30PM
MAJOR INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

The GEA Major Industry Conference, being held on Wednesday 2 October is the ideal environment for you and your organisation to hear first-hand what current and future major industry projects existing industries have planned. 

2 October 2024
Wednesday 6:30PM until late
INDUSTRY AWARDS NIGHT AND GALA DINNER

Join us at our annual Industry Awards and Gala Dinner. It's our community’s opportunity to celebrate the spirit of innovation, excellence and collaboration that is fostered within our highly competitive industry supply chain.

3 October 2024
Thursday 7:30AM - 3:00PM
ENERGY & MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE

Day two will focus on the energy and manufacturing opportunities available in hydrogen, renewables and the energy sector. 

3 October 2024
Thursday 3:00PM - 5.00PM
NETWORKING DRINKS

Join us for networking drinks as we conclude the official proceedings of the conference. This casual gathering provides a perfect opportunity to relax, mingle, and engage in stimulating conversations with fellow attendees, speakers, and industry experts. Don't miss out on this chance to unwind and extend your professional network.

EVENT TICKETS

MAJOR INDUSTRY, ENERGY AND MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE TICKETS

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2-day GEA
member entry

$ 995
per person
  • MEMBER PRICE
  • 2-day entry
  • Morning tea
  • 2 lunches & 2 drinks
  • Tickets inclusive of GST
In-person

2-day Non-
member entry

$ 1,400
per person
  • NON-MEMBER PRICE
  • 2-day entry
  • Morning tea
  • 2 lunches & 2 drinks
  • Tickets inclusive of GST
In-person

1-day GEA
member entry

$ 590
per person
  • MEMBER PRICE
  • 1-day entry
  • Either day 1 or 2
  • Morning tea
  • 1 lunch & 1 drink
  • Tickets inclusive of GST
In-person

1-day Non-
member entry

$ 790
per person
  • NON-MEMBER PRICE
  • 1 day entry
  • Either day 1 or 2
  • Morning tea
  • 1 lunch & 1 drink
  • Tickets inclusive of GST
In-person

GEA INDUSTRY AWARDS & GALA DINNER only

GEA
Industry Awards
& Gala Dinner Member

$ 190
per person
  • MEMBER PRICE
  • 3 course meal
  • Drinks
  • Great entertainment
  • Tickets inclusive of GST

GEA
Industry Awards
& Gala Dinner Member

$ 1,800
Table of 10
  • MEMBER PRICE
  • 3 course meal
  • Drinks
  • Great entertainment
  • Tickets inclusive of GST
TABLE

GEA
Industry Awards
& Gala Dinner
Non-member

$ 230
per person
  • NON-MEMBER PRICE
  • 3 course meal
  • Drinks
  • Great entertainment
  • Tickets inclusive of GST

GEA
Industry Awards
& Gala Dinner
Non-member

$ 2,100
Table of 10
  • NON-MEMBER PRICE
  • 3 course meal
  • Drinks
  • Great entertainment
  • Tickets inclusive of GST
TABLE

INDUSTRY BUS TOUr

INDUSTRY BUS TOUR

$ 44
per person
  • Tuesday October 1, 2024
  • 1:00-3:00pm
  • Collect and return to GECC
  • Industry Bus Tour - Hosted by Gladstone Region Tours
  • Tickets inclusive of GST
  • Limited seats available

2022 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Thursday 6 October 2022

TimeAgenda
07.30amRegistration opens
8.30AMWelcome from GEA & Aestec
8:40AMWelcome to Country
8.55AMDeputy Mayor Kahn Goodluck
9.10AMShay Chalmers - MC
09:20AMIan Macfarlane - Queensland Resource Council
9.40AMHugh Barbour - Gladstone Area Water Board
10:00AMMinister Lance McCallum
10:10AMMorning Tea / Networking
10:30AMJohn Abbott - Inter-Port Global
10:50AMTim McDougall - Rio Tinto
11.10AMJacqui Bridge - Powerlink
11.30AMEverald Compton - G2G Railway
12:00pmLunch / Networking
12:45PMRob Williamson - Alpha HPA
01.05PMRobert Sobrya - Construction Skills Queensland
01:25PM Mike Everton - Oceania Biofuels
01:45PMTimothy Davies - Fortescue Future Industries
02.05PMPanel Discussion
02.35PMProf. Grant Stanley - CQUniversity
03.00PMClose

Friday 7 October 2022

TimeAgenda
07.30amRegistration opens
8.30AMWelcome from GEA & Aestec
8:40AMPaul Hodgson
8.50AMMinister Glenn Butcher
9.10AMNathan Dunlop - Tritium
09:30AMAngela Heck - Next Economy
09.50AMMorning Tea / Networking
10:20AMRajeev Bhambari - Acciona
10:40AMRichard Jeffery - Stanwell
11:00AMLeigh Kennedy - NERA
11:20AMDan Raymond - Sunshine Hydro
11:40AMMaxime Forster - Neoen
12:00pmLunch / Networking
12:45PMAndrew Bills - CS Energy
01.05PMEmma Roberts - CS Energy
01:25PM Panel Discussion
01.55PMAndrew Hird - Honeywell
14.15pmKyle Russel - EDF
14.35PMAttilio Pigneri - H2U Hydrogen Utility
03.00PMClose

Major Industry, Energy and
Manufacturing Conference Presenters

Speakers to be announced

Hugh Barbour

Gladstone Area Water Board

Jarrod Irving

Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

Jane Wilson

Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

Craig Haymes

Gladstone Ports Corporation

Leisa Dowling

Gladstone Regional Council

Matthew Cooke

FNCCI (First Nations Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

Minister Butcher

Glenn Butcher MP

Kim Hetherington

Construction Skills Queensland

Lance McCallum

Assistant Minister for Hydrogen Development and the 50% Renewable Energy Target by 2030

Lance is the Member for Bundamba in the Queensland Parliament, where he is proud to be one of three serving First Nations Members.


He is also proud to the Assistant Minister for Hydrogen Development and the 50% Renewable Energy Target by 2030.


Lance is a committed advocate for social justice and equity of opportunity for secure jobs, health, education, essential services and public services as part of a sustainable future for all.


He holds a master’s degree in Climate Policy and Sustainability.

Tim McDougall

Rio Tinto

Tim McDougall recently joined Rio Tinto’s Pacific Operations as General Manager, Gladstone Refinery Decarbonisation. His role focuses on decarbonising our supply chain and reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions from our Gladstone refineries. Tim is leading a new Gladstone Refinery Decarbonisation team, overseeing our Tier 1 decarbonisation initiatives including implementation of hydrogen calcination technology at Yarwun.

 

A born and bred Queenslander, Tim has most recently worked in Iron Ore in Western Australia, as General Manager, Dampier Ports and Marine Operations. He brings extensive experience to Pacific Operations, having started with Rio Tinto in 2002 as a graduate mechanical engineer.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical qualification, with First Class Honors and Post Graduate qualifications in Maintenance Management and Frontline Management. He is also a graduate of AICD and Non-Executive Director on the board of Rightship.

 

 

 

 

 

Jacqui Bridge

Powerlink Queensland

Jacqui is a strategic energy sector leader and has a detailed understanding of the electricity supply chain, regulation and energy markets to drive the development of Queensland’s energy transformation. As Executive General Manager Energy Futures, at Powerlink Queensland, Jacqui is responsible for Powerlink’s corporate strategy, network regulation, energy markets and energy policy functions.

During her career Jacqui has held senior leadership roles in electricity distribution and transmission network and global consulting businesses. Jacqui has worked with electricity, gas and water utilities throughout the Australia Pacific region across mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory, renewable energy, asset management, regulation, governance and compliance practice areas. 

Jacqui engages with a range of stakeholders to understand customer needs and influence the development of policy and regulatory frameworks to drive the transformation to a renewable energy future.

Everald Compton

Gladstone to Goondiwindi Railway

EVERALD COMPTON AO

Chair, Gladstone Goondiwindi Railway Pty Ltd

Founder of Inland Railway, Melbourne/Darwin.

Founder of National Seniors Australia

Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland

Senior Fellow, University of Sunshine Coast

Certified Practicing Accountant

Certified Practicing Marketer

Officer of the Order of Australia AO

Lifetime Elder, Uniting Church in Australia

Author, The Man on the Twenty Dollar Notes, Dinner with the Founding Fathers, A Beautiful Sunset

Robert Sobyra

Construction Skills Queensland

Robert Sobyra is Director, Research & Digital with Construction Skills Queensland. Responsible for driving CSQ’s research agenda, Robert is a leading thinker at the intersection of construction and skills.

He writes and talks regularly on all things economic, construction and workforce. Robert is also a postgraduate researcher at the University of Queensland with a special interest in regional economic growth.

 

Rob Williams

Alpha HPA

Rob is Chief Operating Officer for Alpha HPA Limited, an ASX listed company, bringing High Purity Aluminium chemicals technology to Gladstone for commercialisation.

As a Mechanical Engineer, Rob brings a wealth of experience in mining/ smelting/ refining and plant operations to the HPA project in Gladstone.

Michael Everton

Oceania Biofuels

Michael Everton, Chief Executive Officer Oceania Biofuels has 25+  Years’ experience in the biofuels industry in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Developed and constructed biofuels plants worldwide. Experienced executive with over a decade in the procurement of low carbon feedstock and the sales of biofuels.

Timothy Davies

Fortesque Future Industries

Tim joined Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) in 2022, to develop a pipeline of green energy projects in Central Queensland.

Tim previously held roles in the oil and gas industry, including the design, commissioning, and operation of large gas plants, water treatment plants and pipelines. During his time in oil and gas, Tim transitioned into the commercial team managing business performance involved in capital allocation, strategy, treasury, and joint venture management. FFI is a global green energy company committed to producing zero-carbon green hydrogen from 100 per cent renewable sources.

Prof. Grant Stanley

CQUniversity

Professor Stanley arrived at CQUniversity Australia in 2010 as the Dean of Medical and Applied Sciences and is currently the Vice-President, Research. Grant holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Melbourne and has a background in Applied Microbiology/Biochemical Engineering, with research interests in biofuels, especially the production of second generation bioethanol.

He has experience in researching and teaching microbial metabolism, fermentation systems, bioreactor design and bioremediation. He has published more than 110 refereed and non-refereed papers, one international patent, has received a number of Category 1 funding grants and supervised 16 PhD students to completion.

Professor Stanley has been on the organising committee of a number of national and international conferences, an Associate Editor of the journal 'Biotechnology for Biofuels', has been a Director on the Rail Manufacturing CRC Board and a member of the Queensland Expert Advisory Panel.

Prof. Grant Stanley

CQUniversity

Professor Stanley arrived at CQUniversity Australia in 2010 as the Dean of Medical and Applied Sciences and is currently the Vice-President, Research. Grant holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Melbourne and has a background in Applied Microbiology/Biochemical Engineering, with research interests in biofuels, especially the production of second generation bioethanol.

He has experience in researching and teaching microbial metabolism, fermentation systems, bioreactor design and bioremediation. He has published more than 110 refereed and non-refereed papers, one international patent, has received a number of Category 1 funding grants and supervised 16 PhD students to completion.

Professor Stanley has been on the organising committee of a number of national and international conferences, an Associate Editor of the journal 'Biotechnology for Biofuels', has been a Director on the Rail Manufacturing CRC Board and a member of the Queensland Expert Advisory Panel.

Major Industry, Energy
and Manufacturing Conference Presenters

Thursday Day 2 Presenters

Peter Woodall

Stanwell Corporation

Steve Clark

Stanwell Corporation

Ian Macfarlane

Queensland Resources Council

Mike Kilcullen

Fortescue Future Industries

David Voss

Gladstone Industry Leadership Group

Amanda Rebar

Central Queensland University

Brian Inglis

Inglis Puckeridge

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Following the GEA Major Industry, Energy and Manufacturing Conference will be the 21st GEA Industry Awards and Gala Dinner, Central Queensland’s industry supply chain’s night of nights, presented by Aestec Services.

We invite business leaders and partners to come together to recognise and celebrate the spirit of excellence that is fostered in our highly-skilled industry supply chain. 

What delegates said

Queensland Resources Council

Nobody runs conferences in Gladstone like GEA. I always learn so much about the projects that are underway and how they relate to the region’s existing industries. I always feel as if I walk away with a local’s insight into the state of the industry. It’s a great chance to meet project proponents and their suppliers all in the one room. A brilliant event – thank you GEA for sharing your deep regional knowledge.

Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

The GEA 2023 conference was exceptionally well-structured, engaging, and brought out the best in promoting Gladstone and the region. It truly stood out as one of the best conferences of the year. The event's sessions, industry announcements and enjoyable atmosphere made it a memorable and valuable experience.

2023 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

The twentieth annual GEA Major Industry and Energy Conference, presented by Aestec Services delivered on expectations. Providing connections, conversations and planning opportunities in the region. 

Held in Gladstone, home to one of Australia’s finest natural deepwater harbours, Queensland's largest multi-commodity port and the gateway to Central Queensland, the conference provided an ecosystem for connecting with the Major Industry leaders and decision makers in the State.
A Speaker and Sponsor harbour cruise held prior to the Conference showcased the Gladstone Harbour with 80 in attendance which was enhanced with a commentary provided by Gladstone Regional Council Economic Development Specialist Garry Scanlan providing insights into Gladstone’s deep water port and industry proponents.

GEA celebrated 20 years in business which was celebrated at the 2023 Major Industry Awards & Gala Dinner with four major awards presented in front of over 320 attendees. Awards were presented to:
Rio Tinto Yarwun - Safety Excellence Award
Mecha Pty Ltd - Innovator Award
B.M Van Tonder (Prizm Engineering) - Wayne Peachey Memorial Award
Ben Dunstan (Jeld Industries) - Forty Calis Memorial Award

An exciting announcement on Day 2 of the Conference was the partnership between Rio Tinto and Sumitomo announcing the commencement of a feasibility study for Large Scale Hydrogen supply in Gladstone.

2022 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

2023 Event Photos