2023 MAJOR

27 -28 September | GECC

The region’s industrial and energy future was outlined at the GEA Major Industry, Energy and Manufacturing Conference this  27 – 28 September 2023. 

The future of existing industries, plans for emerging industrial projects and the transition towards renewable energy and hydrogen was discussed at this year's GEA Major Industry and Energy Conference.

Day one provided an insight into the future path of resources in Queensland.

Day Two focused on why Central Queensland is the focus of the emerging hydrogen and renewable energy industry, what this involves and what work has been done to capitalise on this opportunit


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Want to build valuable relationships with Central Queensland industry leaders? Partner with us on our 2022 Major Industry and Energy Conference. 


5 October 2022
Wednesday 2:30pm - 4.00pm

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

5 October 2022
Wednesday 5:30PM - 9:30PM

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

6 October 2022
Thursday 7:30AM - 3:00PM

The GEA Major Industry Conference, being held on Thursday 6 October is the ideal vehicle for you and your organisation to hear first-hand what future projects existing industries have planned and the progress and development of several exciting new projects.

6 October 2022
Thursday 6:30PM til late

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 was fostered within our highly competitive industry supply chain.

7 October 2022
Friday 7:30AM - 3:00PM

The Energy Conference will shine the light on the emerging hydrogen and renewable energy industry. Speakers will explain how Central Queensland is preparing to capitalise on this unique opportunity, what it means for CQ and the potential projects that could materialise as this industry develops.

2023 Conference partner

Aestec Services

AESTEC Services is an Australian owned Civil Construction and Industrial Maintenance Company based in Gladstone Queensland. The business was founded in 2005 and has fast become one of the chosen service providers and employers in the region.

To offer a holistic approach to the services for AESTEC clients, a state of the art fabrication workshop along with the mobile maintenance workshop was included in their head office expansion. This allowed them to develop their own service team to maintain the AESTEC fleet of vehicles and machinery.

Today AESTEC Services is the proud employer of over 280 local employees across a multitude of trades and skill backgrounds. They have assisted 31 Apprentices to complete their trade qualifications including dual trades. Today AESTEC boasts 20 apprentices including 2 adult apprentices.

The growth in business has allowed AESTEC to support the local community including Gladstone Engineering Alliance, Boyne Tannum Hookup, Cosmos Art for Health and many sporting groups, community events and organisations.



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2-day GEA
member entry

$ 950
per person
  • 2-day entry
  • Conference & Hydrogen Forum
  • Morning tea
  • 2 lunches & 4 drinks
  • Tickets inclusive of GST

2-day Non-
member entry

$ 1,350
per person
  • 2-day entry
  • Conference & Hydrogen Forum
  • Morning tea
  • 2 lunches & 4 drinks
  • Tickets inclusive of GST

1-day GEA
member entry

$ 550
per person
  • 1-day entry
  • Choose from either major industry or energy conference
  • Morning tea
  • 1 lunch & 2 drinks
  • Tickets inclusive of GST

1-day Non-
member entry

$ 750
per person
  • 1 day entry
  • Choose from either major industry or energy conference
  • Morning tea
  • 1 lunch & 2 drinks
  • Tickets inclusive of GST


Industry Awards
& Gala Dinner

$ 180
per person
  • 3 course meal
  • Drinks
  • Great entertainment
  • Tickets inclusive of GST

Industry Awards
& Gala Dinner

$ 1,700
Table of 10
  • 3 course meal
  • Drinks
  • Great entertainment
  • Tickets inclusive of GST


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Thursday 6 October 2022

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

Friday 7 October 2022

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

Major Industry & Energy Conference Presenters

Thursday Day 1 Presenters

MC - Shay Chalmers

Manufacturing Industry Leader, Engineer & Speaker

Shay is one of Australia’s most renowned manufacturing industry experts, engineering consultants and keynote speakers. With cross-sector and global experience, she is a leader, mentor and change-maker at the forefront of innovative manufacturing solutions for Australian organisations.

Shay owns and directs Strategic Engineering Australia, offering consulting expertise across a wide range of manufacturing applications. Shay now sits on several Boards and Committees across the Private, Not-For-Profit and Government sector, including representing the Gold Coast on the Regional Development Australia Committee. Through these roles Shay can actively promote empowering Women in STEM from school level to the highest level in government.

Shay’s official organisational affiliations across Australia:

  • Chair | Queensland Reference Group (Manufacturing and Engineering Skills)

  • Chair | ARM Hub Advisory and Research Committee (AHARC)

  • Director | Strategic Engineering Australia Pty Ltd

  • Director | Turbine Sunshine Coast

  • Non-Executive Director | Queensland Manufacturing Institute

  • Advisory Board Member | Aim Lab Automation Technologies Pty Ltd

  • Advisory Board Member | Australian Cobotics Centre

  • Committee Member | Manufacturing Ministerial Council, Queensland State Government

  • Committee Member | Regional Development Australia (Gold Coast), Australian Federal Government

  • Program Manager | Australian American Leadership Dialogue

  • Qld Sector Lead Advanced Manufacturing and Materials | Office of the Chief Scientist – Qld Government

  • Partner | Ontogo

Ian Macfarlane

Queensland Resources Council

Ian Macfarlane is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, Chairman of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, a board member of both CSIRO and of TSBE, a member of the UQ Rural Clinical School Toowoomba Community Advisory Committee, an Honorary Fellow of AusIMM Minerals Institute, and a Fellow of the AICD.

Ian was elected to Federal Parliament in 1998 and retired in 2016. He is Australia’s longest serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister and the Coalition’s longest serving Federal Industry and Innovation Minister.

Ian has farmed peanuts, sorghum and wheat, and ran cattle in Queensland's Burnett region. He was President of the Queensland Graingrowers Association, President of the Grains Council of Australia and held executive positions on the Queensland and National Farmers' Federations.

Ian is married to Karen with two adult daughters and resides in Toowoomba.

Darren Barlow

Gladstone Area Water Board

Darren joined GAWB as Chief Executive Officer in March 2018. Darren has extensive leadership and executive experience, having held senior roles in commercial, financial, strategic and business transformation areas across the public and private sectors. Darren was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Residential Tenancies Authority and has held a range of senior executive positions at Aurizon, Master Builders Association of Queensland and Ergon Energy.

John Abbott AM

Inter-Port Global

Mr Abbott is an experienced Company Director of both Australian and Asian companies. He is currently the Chancellor of the University is Chair of the University Council. He has also the Deputy Chairman of the Regional Development Australia (Central and Western Queensland) board, A board member of the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board, Chairman of Queensland Pacific Metals Pty Ltd,  Chairman of Queensland Wool Processors Pty Ltd, and the Group Chairman of Inter-Port Global Group of Companies.

Mr Abbott is also an experienced executive with over 45 years of experience in all aspects of company management and governance in a wide range of industries.  This experience includes Executive roles in operations and maintenance; project development (including Government negotiations and approvals); engineering design and executing large capital projects.  He has been extensively involved in both the energy sector and the Mineral processing industry in Australia and South East Asia. 

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


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


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 Conference Presenters

Friday Day 2 Presenters

MC- Paul Hodgson

Interim CEO of the Scaling Green Hydrogen Cooperative Research Centre Bid

Paul Hodgson is an advisor in innovation, the energy transition and economic growth with diverse experience and insights gained over a 30 year career. Amongst his current roles, he is Interim CEO of the Scaling Green Hydrogen Cooperative Research Centre Bid and a Non-Executive Director of the Queensland Manufacturing Institute. 

With a Bachelor of International Business and a Master of Sustainable Development (from CQUniversity), he is passionate about translating global energy transition market opportunities into regional economic development, jobs and investment. As General Manager for the East Coast for NERA, he led the development of the national hydrogen technology cluster network, which now includes GEA’s CQH2 Technology Cluster.

Glenn Butcher MP

Queensland Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water

Glenn Butcher was elected the Member for Gladstone in 2015, after a long and successful career as a Fitter and Turner.

After finishing school, Glenn began an apprenticeship at the Gladstone Power Station.  Once qualified, Glenn went to work at Queensland Alumina Limited, where he went on to spend more than two decades in various positions, from tradesman all the way to Maintenance Superintendent. 

A family man and long time Gladstone local, Glenn has deep roots in the region, especially in the Gladstone Rugby League community.  He is a lifetime member of Wallabies Rugby League and was President of Gladstone Rugby League from 2010, until his election to Queensland Parliament in 2015.

During his time as an MP, Glenn has been member of the Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources Committee, Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Committee, Assistant Minister for Treasury, Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and Assistant Minister for Local Government and Infrastructure.

 Glenn currently holds the portfolios of Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water.


Nathan Dunlop


Nathan Dunlop is the Vice President of Strategy at Tritium.

Tritium is a world leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of Electric Vehicle fast chargers. Tritium is based in Brisbane, Australia but exports to over 41 countries and has deployed over 7,400 DC fast chargers globally. Nathan joined Tritium in 2018 when Tritium had grown to close to 100 employees, since then Tritium has expanded its presence internationally to three overseas office locations and nearly 600 employees.

Nathan works to understand the changing landscape and trends within the evolving e-mobility market and in turn craft strategic responses for Tritium. Nathan is particularly interested in emerging new business models and the convergence of industries who are competing to supply transport energy.

Most recently Nathan has supported Tritium in the journey to becoming a publicly listed company, where Tritium was listed on the NASDAQ (DCFC) in January 2022. Prior to Tritium, Nathan was a Strategy consultant focusing on the future of Utilities and Energy.

Angela Heck

The Next Economy

Angela is Energy Program Director at The Next Economy, working to support the creation of the next economy that works for people and the planet. Currently Angela is working with the Gladstone Regional Council to develop a ten-year roadmap to manage the economic changes associated with moving to net zero emissions. Angela has facilitated multiple programs to reduce household carbon emissions, including working in household energy reduction across regional Queensland. Angela has extensive communications experience in the energy sector and across climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, playing a role in the development of a climate adaptive homes pilot with a national insurer.

Angela has prior experience at WWF-New Zealand and WWF-Australia contributing to the launch of the first WWF Earth Hour/ Lights Out initiative which still runs globally. Angela has an MBA specialising in sustainable environmental marketing and consumer behaviour. She became a Climate Reality Leader in June 2019 and recently mentored the 2021 Brisbane trainees.

Rajeev Bhambari

Acciona Energia

Rajeev Bhambari, General Manager Procurement & Supply Chain

Rajeev leads ACCIONA Energía's Procurement & Supply Chain activities in Australia. Rajeev has over 25 years’ experience in procurement and supply chain roles, and is responsible for providing strategic procurement leadership across a diverse portfolio of categories.


Richard Jeffery

Stanwell Corporation

Acting Executive General Manager Growth and Future Energy Mr Jeffery has 20+ years’ experience in heavy industry, finance and commercial disciplines. This includes 15 years in the energy sector, the majority of which has been with Stanwell Corporation.

He has held leadership roles across financial, commercial and market modelling, and is currently responsible for development and execution of Stanwell’s commercial strategy, with a particular focus on portfolio diversification, decarbonisation projects, hydrogen, energy storage, and waste product marketing.

Leigh Kennedy


Leigh Kennedy is NERA’s General Manager - Hydrogen with a focus on working collaboratively across Australia to develop regional hydrogen technology clusters and building a nationally coordinated Hydrogen Technology, Equipment and Technology (HETS) industry that can be promoted around the world.

Before joining NERA, Leigh worked with Austrade’s international network and government partners to drive Austrade's global resources and energy foreign direct investment attraction and facilitation strategy and assist clients deliver on their Australian expansion plans. Focus honed-in on renewable energy and hydrogen investment opportunities. He also has significant experience in energy security policy when based in Canberra.


Dan Raymond

Sunshine Hydro

Dan Raymond is an experienced civil engineer, terrestrial ecologist, and project manager, with over 40 years’ experience in major infrastructure who currently leads Sunshine Hydro’s projects through the scoping and approvals phases. Dan formerly held senior project and management roles within large environmental and engineering advisory consultancies, including Eco Urban, KBR, Parsons Brinkerhoff (now WSP) and SKM (now Jacobs).

Through his work, Dan has sought to achieve greater environmental sustainability, combined with economic and social benefits, with a passion for renewable energy and global decarbonisation.
Dan has worked extensively with Indigenous groups throughout Queensland and the NT.

While Dan has created and delivered many projects across Australia and the world, he is most proud of a local project: ‘Sunrise at 1770’, which was awarded UDIA "Best Sustainable Development in Queensland.
Dan is currently progressing the Flavian ‘pumped hydro’ project near Miriam Vale, which will apply world leading renewable energy methodologies in the Gladstone region.

Maxime Forster


Maxime has 10 years' experience in the renewable energy industry, including 4 years with Neoen developing utility scale renewable energy and storage projects in France and Australia. Prior to joining Neoen, Maxime headed the technical operations of two different companies delivering solar off-grid solutions in Africa. Before that, Maxime worked as a senior R&D engineer in the solar module manufacturing industry.

Maxime holds a PhD in Engineering from the Australian National University and a Master of Engineering from the university INSA de Lyon, in France.

Emma Roberts

CS Energy

Emma Roberts leads CS Energy’s Future Energy division, which is spearheading the development of a new low-cost, decarbonised and flexible energy portfolio for the business. The division includes business development, future energy asset design and project management, retail sales, customer products, and policy and regulatory advocacy.

Her in-depth knowledge of the National Electricity Market, coupled with her commercial acumen and leadership skills, has seen Emma hold a variety of senior roles since joining CS Energy in 2012. These include Senior Legal Counsel, Acting Executive General Counsel and Company Secretary, and Head of Future Energy.

Emma has developed a strong reputation for leading cross-functional teams to deliver positive business outcomes. She led the establishment of CS Energy’s retail function and has driven CS Energy’s pivot towards a customer-focussed culture as the business diversifies in response to the transformation of the energy system.

Emma holds degrees in law and applied science. Prior to joining CS Energy, she was a senior associate at McCullough Robertson Lawyers for eight years, working in the corporate and intellectual property teams.

Andrew Bills

CS Energy

Andrew Bills is the CEO of CS Energy, a large Queensland based Generation company.  He has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry across the public and private sectors, covering power generation, retail supply, distribution, LPG and energy trading.


Andrew’s previous roles include Executive roles at Origin Energy, Babcock and Brown Power, Stanwell Corporation and as a Director at PwC.

Andrew holds an MBA, BA and is a Graduate of the AICD. Andrew is currently a Director of the Australian Energy Council.

Kyle Russell

EDF Renewables

Kyle Russell - Project Director QLD wind farms.

Kyle has extensive knowledge of the power and water industries, with over 25 years experience in the early stage development, acquisition, contracting and construction of power projects in Australia. 

Kyle has led teams delivering major power projects across Australia, including major gas fired power stations and wind farms. Kyle has delivered major water infrastructure programs in Queensland.

He has worked with Origin Energy and Pacific Hydro before coming to EDF Renewables Australia.

Kyle has worked across many industries and locations.  He is currently based in Queensland, focussing on renewable energy projects.

Andrew Hird


Andrew Hird is currently the Global Net Zero Director for Honeywell Process Solutions, a $4 billion+ process automation leader, serving customers worldwide across all vertical markets.

This role leads the creation of customer pathways to achieve their Net Zero pledges via Fuel Transition, Electrification, Carbon Capture and Process Optimisation.

Andrew’s previous roles have been leading the Digital Transformation business for Honeywell in the Process Industries. This business focused on improving our customer’s profitability through enhanced process reliability, production efficiency and supply chain optimization.

Andrew has been involved in the Process Industries for 30+ years holding Engineering, Sales, Marketing and Sales Management and General Management positions.

Prior roles in Honeywell over the last 20 years include:

Vice President & General Manager for Digital Transformation

Global Vice President Sales

Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific

Director of HPS Strategic and Vertical Marketing

Director and General Manager of HPS’ Global Pulp and Paper Business

Prior to joining Honeywell, Andrew spent ten years with Beloit Corporation and GL&V, where he held various Sales Management and P&L leadership roles in Australia and Asia Pacific

Andrew is a British Citizen and Australian permanent resident and has lived and worked in England, Australia, Asia, Canada and the USA. He is currently living in Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

Andrew holds Engineering and Science Bachelor degrees from Monash University, Australia and a Masters of Chemical Engineering.

Attilio Pigneri

H2U Hydrogen Utility

Attilio is the Co-founder and CEO of H2U, a specialist developer of green hydrogen and green ammonia infrastructure projects. H2U is leading development of green hydrogen and green ammonia projects in Australia. 

H2U’s near- to medium-term project development portfolio includes the 1.5 GW Eyre Peninsula™ Gateway project in South Australia and the 3 GW H2-Hub™ Gladstone project in Queensland, both projects are in the engineering and design stages and have been awarded project of state significance status. H2U is based in Australia and operates throughout the Asia-Pacific.


Presented by

Following the GEA Major Industry and Energy Conference was the 19th GEA Industry Awards and Gala Dinner, Central Queensland’s industry supply chain’s night of nights, presented by Aestec Services.

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

2021 Conference Highlights

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.


    The nineteenth 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, the gateway to Central Queensland’s Industrial and renewable energy sector, the conference provided an opportunity to gain an insight into where industry is heading and the available opportunities in the renewables transition.

    Day one started with, Assistant Minister for Hydrogen Development and the 50% Renewable Energy Target by 2030, Lance McCallum announcing publicly owned CS Energy is partnering with the GEA on an innovative project to map the capability of local suppliers to work on new wind energy developments in CQ. This set the pace for the day, with a stellar line up of presenters that followed including Rio Tinto, Gladstone Area Water Board, Powerlink, Inter-Port Global, Alpha HPA and Fortescue Future Industries. All presenting on their current projects and showcasing the promising future in new and existing industry for the region. Informative presentations from Queensland Resource Council, Gladstone Goondiwindi Railway, Construction Skills Queensland and CQU talked skilling and the journey that will need to be undertaken to support the projects ahead.

    On day two delegates were welcomed by Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water, Hon. Glenn Butcher. Minister Butcher discussed the newly released Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan and the exciting developments that will flow from that plan, including the large percentage of manufacturing that will take place directly in Queensland. Updates were also provided from a consortium of developed industries in the energy sector; Tritium discussed their developments in electric fast charges, Honeywell as process automation leaders, Neon discussed renewable energy and storage projects and Sunshine Hydro presented their operational technology for the proposed Miriam Vale development. H2U Hydrogen Utility, Stanwell, Nera and so many more took the stage and completed the information download on energy for day two.

    GEA thanks all those that attended and contributed via presentations, sponsorships or conversations over the two-days of conference connectivity, we hope to see you at the next one, if not before!


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