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  • Gasfields Commission
  • 2019-09-26

Speakers to Inspire

Looking for inspiration?

Want to know how the clever people do it?

The Commission has lined up a speakers program for the South Queensland Energy & Resources Expo in Toowoomba on the 16th and 17th of October that is certain to inspire and inform.

  • Peter Sharpe from Sharpe Engineering will share his secrets on how he built his business from a small, hands-on engineering firm into a multi-faceted and adaptable company, completely focused on quality and one of the biggest privately-owned employers in the region.
  • Business mentor Joy Taylor will take us through some of the most innovative scaleups and startups in mining equipment, technology and services in the Darling Downs.
  • Tess Palmer from APPEA will share her insights into APPEA’s new initiative Brighter – a major community advocacy campaign to promote awareness of the role and benefits of natural gas in the every-day lives of Australians.
  • Jodie Taylor from Western Downs Regional Council will explain how the Western Downs is positioning itself as the Energy Capital of Queensland and driving the economic resurgence of the region.
  • Dr Katherine Witt from the University of Queensland Centre for Coal Seam Gas will present a detailed analysis of the latest social and economic changes that have occurred in Queensland’s gas field communities and changes to towns over time.
  • Our own Jane Walker will present practical tools to improve connections between landholders, local businesses, resource companies and local government.
  • CEO of MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees Craig Westwood will take us through apprenticeship and traineeship trends and success factors relevant to managers and workforce planners in the gas sector.
  • Dr Steve Ward from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines & Energy will present the governments approach to community engagement in frontier resource basins and DNRME’s early engagement activities to facilitate resource exploration and development.

The South Queensland Energy & Resources Expo will be a gathering point for businesses with an interest in the developments and growth happening across Southern Queensland.

The event aims to connect companies with the diverse opportunities happening within the region, from renewable energy, gas and mining through to infrastructure, engineering, construction and transport.

The GasFields Commission will have its own booth operating over the two days where you can try out our new virtual reality experience.

We’ve developed a virtual reality coal seam gas well located in a paddock complete with cattle, trees, a tractor and four-wheel drive.

One of the cows even enjoys a scratch behind the ears.

The virtual reality program encourages people to interact with the well, teleport to key pieces of infrastructure, pick them up and inspect them in detail and travel underground to investigate how the well operates below the surface.

It promises to be two days of information and inspiration for everyone interested in one of the diverse and innovative industries in Queensland.

In the words of author Stephen King, ‘Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work’.

Click here to register for free to attend the South Queensland Energy & Resources Expo.

Click here to check out the speaker's program and plan your visit.