Businesses heard first-hand from leaders on Central Queensland project developments and industry trends. The event was held last 8th of October 2020.

If you would like to become a 2021 speaker or event partner, please send your expressions of interest to or call 07 4972 9060 for more information.

2020 Presenters

Robert Williamson

Alpha HPA

Chief Operations Officer

Kerry Parker

Australian Future Energy

Chief Executive Officer

David Lockwood

Gladstone Ports Corporation

Acting Technical Service Manager

Attilio Pigneri


Chief Executive Officer

Michael Gray

NewBlack Energy

Chief Executive Officer

Pine Pienaar

Queensland Alumina Ltd

General Manager

Andrew Barger

Queensland Resources Council

Policy Director - Infrastructure & Economics

Mick Allen

Rockhampton Manufacturing Hub


Tino Ferrero

Rookwood Weir Project

Operations Manager - Lendlease

Stephen Quilter


Executive General Manager

2020 Conference partners

GEA Gladstone Engineering Alliance Yaralla

Aestec Services

McCosker Contracting

CQG Consulting

Queensland Energy Resources

Walz Group

Central Apartment Group

GPA Engineering


GEA Gladstone Engineering Alliance staff 2020

Masters Surveying

4PS Software

Andersons Auto City

Aussie Gold

ACL Industrial Technology


Gladstone Regional Council

Greyhound Resources

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2020 Presentations

GEA Gladstone Engineering Alliance Jason Lalo

Queensland Resources Council

Queensland Resources Council is an independent body representing the commercial developers of Queensland’s minerals & energy resources. Members include Shell Australia, Adani Australia, Origin, Glencore, BHP and Evolution Mining amongst others. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane will present on future industry development and challenges at the 2020 Major Industry Conference.

Rockhampton Manufacturing Hub

The Queensland Government’s regional manufacturing hubs are places for manufacturers to receive expert advice and support to transition to advanced manufacturing. Located in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Cairns and Townsville, the hubs offer training, business development programs, tailored advice and access to funding from the $13.5 million Manufacturing Hubs Grant Program. The hubs have strong links with universities, schools and TAFE Queensland to develop a workforce with advanced skills in science, technology, engineering, design and mathematics. Rockhampton Manufacturing Hub Director Mick Allen will be present on Central Queensland manufacturing trends at the 2020 Major Industry Conference.

Industry Conference

Alpha HPA

The HPA First Process Alumina Refinery is the application of Alpha HPA’s proprietary licensed solvent extraction and refining technology to produce HPA from an industrial feedstock. Alpha HPA Managing Director Rimas Kairaitis will present the latest on this proposed $308 million high-purity alumina industrial plant in Gladstone.

Queensland Alumina Limited

Queensland Alumina Limited is one of the largest alumina refineries in Australia. General Manager Pine Pienaar will be present the latest on QAL’s $130 - $260M 5 Year Environmental Improvement Program and other up-coming capital works projects.

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Hydrogen Utility

In February the State Government announced that Gladstone had been selected as the location for The Hydrogen Utility’s (H2U) latest project, H2-Hub Gladstone, a proposed multi-billion chemical complex for the production of green hydrogen and ammonia at industrial-scale. The project, which could create over 100 operational jobs and drive new exports for green hydrogen and ammonia, will be built in stages to integrate up to 3GW in electrolysis plant, and up to 5,000 tonnes per day ammonia production capacity. H2U CEO Attilio Pigneri will provide the latest update on the H2-Hub Gladstone Project at the 2020 Major Industry Conference.

Rookwood Weir

The $352 million Rookwood Weir will be the largest weir operated by Sunwater in Queensland and create more than 200 jobs for Central Queenslanders during construction, contributing to the economic development of the region. The Weir will stand 15.5 metre high and the spillway will cross the Lower Fitzroy River. The successful constructor to partner with Sunwater and GHD to build the Weir will be announced in the near future. Construction of the Weir is on track for early works to commence in late 2020, with in river construction scheduled for April 2021 (weather permitting).


Gladstone Ports Corporation

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) is Australia’s premier multi-commodity port — and its deepwater port and proximity to Asia they are positioning Queensland for a strong future. Acting Technical Services Manager David Lockwood will be present on a soon-to-be-announced project at the 2020 Major Industry Conference.

Energy Estate

The Central Queensland Power project, 2GW of solar, wind, energy storage and transmission infrastructure, will drive the decarbonisation of Gladstone, and accelerate the energy transition of heavy industry around this critical region. Energy Estate is developing renewable energy projects which will deliver a mix of wind, solar and storage in proximity to Gladstone, allowing for blended generation to create a firmed renewable electricity supply able to meet the 24/7 requirements of existing heavy industry, as well as the wider community, and stimulate the development of new industries such as green hydrogen.

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The electricity industry is going through a complex transition from reliance on fossil fuels to lower carbon technologies. In Australia, the proportion of low carbon energy and storage is increasing, but those technologies are not yet at a point where they can function without support from fossil fuel generation. Stanwell’s Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy Stephen Quilter will present on how Stanwell gets the best of existing assets through initiatives that support a low carbon future, operating strategies for end-of-life assets that support local economics, and working in partnership with state and local government, community and private businesses to support the transition.

GEABoard Pauline Kelly

NewBlack Energy

NewBlack Energy is a coal industry advisory firm providing specialist advice in relation to concept and feasibility studies, regulatory review and strategy, infrastructure advisory and contract negotiation, concept and feasibility studies and coal market development.

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Australian Future Energy

Australian Future Energy Pty Ltd is proposing the development of the $1 billion Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project, which will provide for the annual production of approx. 330,000 tonnes of ammonia product; approx. 8 PJ of pipeline quality gas; and approx. 25 MW (net) of electrical power. The project, which will create 800 jobs during construction, and 200 operational positions, is expected to be operational in early 2022. AFE Chief Executive Officer Kerry Parker will provide the latest update on the Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project at the 2020 Major Industry Conference.

Queensland Energy Resources

Jannie and Peter will draw on the case of a current R&D project at the Gladstone facility which has the potential to significantly reduce the cost, emissions and energy requirements of drying the ore – an important processing step when producing fuel from kerogen shale. They will discuss what QER has learned from the experience and ways that we can all set aside our preconceptions and assumptions to turn our problems on their head and find innovative ways to solve them. Sometimes those solutions are staring us in the face!


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2020 Master of Ceremony



In his role as Founding Director of the Coaching Capability Company (COCAPACO), Joe Rea gets to liberate the capabilities of leaders through the development of their leadership competencies. A former Rio Tinto Master Coach, Joe started his career as a Diesel Fitter and Heavy Earthmoving Equipment Apprentice. After working his way up within the organisation, Joe became Boyne Smelters Limited’s General Manager, a position he held for seven years, supporting improvements in safety, quality and operational efficiency during this time. In 2017 BSL was awarded the overall winner of the 2016 Rio Tinto CEO Safety Award, and between 2013 and 2019 the business was recognised six times in the Gladstone Best in Business Awards. Joe was awarded the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Queensland Manager of the Year Award and AIM National Manager of the Year in 2015. In 2019, Joe was made a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was inducted into Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s Hall of Fame.


Following the Major Industry Conference, is the 2020 GEA Industry Awards, Central Queensland’s industry supply chain’s night of nights.

The Awards Night was held on October 8 at the Auckland House. Business leaders came together to recognise and celebrate the spirit of excellence that was fostered in our highly-skilled industry supply chain. 

What delegates said

Queensland Energy Resources

The Major Industry Conference is an excellent opportunity to get updated on projects planned for CQ, and network with local business and industry representatives. Both the conference and the Gala Dinner & Industry Awards Night were informative and enjoyable.


A valuable insight into the engine room of Queensland. GEA provides industry with a relevant conduit to government and policy makers.

Australian Future Energy

A great experience as always, with great presentations and great opportunities to network with other suppliers.

Siemens Ltd

I was able to attend the 2019 Major Industry Conferfence after unfortunately missing out last year. The conference reminded me why I have attended this event so many times in the past. Great caliber and management level of presenters, knowledge and very approachable regarding upcoming project

Brand Industrial Services

Overall a very well organised event with great networking opportunities. The speakers were ineresting and informative, as well as the MC Dr Keith Suter. Catering for the day was very good too. The Gala Dinner & Industry Awards Night was a good, social event, and a chance to liaise with businesses in a more relaxed environment.

Ausgroup Kentech JV

Highly recommend the GEA Major Industry Conference and Gala Dinner & Industry Awards Night. Fantastic opportunity to hear about major projects and talk to major stakeholders all in the one place. The Gala Dinner also faciliated great social interactions as well.

Gladstone Area Promotions Development Ltd

The GEA Major Industry Conference has been the gold standard for industry events in Central Queensland for 16 years, and I see no reason why this will not continue well into the future. Well done to everyone involved in the day - speakers, sponsors and the GEA Team - you’re a credit to the Gladstone Region community.

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