Renewables, energy, resources and innovation – the big ticket items driving our region forward. 

Join us on Wednesday 18 July to discuss big business driving small business, supply chain readiness, engaging regional businesses to develop innovative mindsets, major projects and more.  Most importantly, we will be talking about how these big ticket items affect you in your business, whether you’re a large multi-national or one of our region’s many supply chain capable SMEs.

The day will include a number of presentation styles and networking opportunities, including:

  • Keynote speeches from senior industry and government sectors
  • Panel presentations from a range of expert speakers
  • Practical advice from businesses both within and outside of the Central Highlands
  • One-on-one speed networking
  • Beer & Business networking session

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Our speakers include:

  • The Hon Senator Matthew Canavan, Minister for Northern Australia and Minister for Resources
  • Ian MacFarlane, CEO of Queensland Resources Council
  • Paul Hodgson, General Manager Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement (East Coast) for National Energy Resources Australia

Check back here regularly for updates to our speaker line-up and schedule.

Event details

Wednesday 18 July, 2018

9.30am – 5pm

McIndoe Function Centre,

McIndoe Park, Opal Street, Emerald

Cost: $75pp includes morning tea and lunch, plus drinks and canapes at our Beer & Business networking session

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Partnership options

Partnering with CHDC on our events showcases your brand to more than 200 local thought leaders and decision makers, whilst demonstrating your commitment to our local community.

Download a copy of our partnership prospectus now and contact us to discuss.


 Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan
Minister for Resources & Northern Australia
Matthew grew up in Logan just south of Brisbane…. More

Ian Macfarlane
Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council
Ian Macfarlane was elected to Federal Parliament in 1998 and became Australia’s longest… More

Peter Donaghy
Director of Coal, Coal Assessments Hub, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Peter Donaghy is the Regional Director for Coal and the Acting Executive Director for Minerals… More

Lucas Dow
Chief Executive Officer, ADANI Australia
Lucas Dow is Chief Executive Officer of Adani Mining Australia, working to deliver the… More

Paul Hodgson
General Manager Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement (East Coast), National Energy Resources Australia
Paul Hodgson is General Manager, Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement (East Coast) for the… More

Paul Green
Mine Manager, Ensham Mine
Paul Green is General Manager Operations of Ensham Resources – open cut and underground… More

James Scotland
Business Facilitator/ Project Manager- Supplier Improvement Projects, AusIndustry – Innovation Programmes
With a long career as a senior manager in widely… More

Amanda Delaney
Manager, Government and Public Affairs, Santos
Amanda recently joined Santos as the Government and Public Affairs Manager for QLD and NSW… More

Tracey Cuttriss-Smith
Chief Executive Officer, C-Res Local Buying Foundation
Tracey is the Chief Executive Officer of C-Res, a cost-neutral entity that works directly with… More


Denis Glacken
Coordinator Procurement, Central Highlands Regional Council
Denis spent over 30 years in the private sector and government sector in Logistics, Supply Chain… More

David Carey
Chief Executive Officer, Qld Mines Rescue
David Carey is a mining engineer with over 40 years of experience in underground and surface… More


Blake Repine
Associate Vice Chancellor, Central Queensland University
Blake Repine is the Associate Vice-Chancellor (Central Highlands Region) and Associate Director… More

Platinum Sponsor Presentation

CQ Inland Port

Alan Stent-Smith, together with his wife Laurel, have established several business ventures including Oaklink and Stent Smith Pastoral.
Oaklink, a carpentry and joinery installation enterprise, has participated in the development of many of Queensland’s major construction projects for both the private and government sector.
Stent Smith Pastoral was established in 1990 and includes cattle, sheep and broadacre cropping enterprises, namely ShandonVale Station and Roperview Station.
Most recently Alan has commenced development of the CQ Inland Port project, a purpose built intermodal facility at Yamala. The port will be a road rail hub with major industrial sites, linking the agricultural and resource areas across Central Queeensland.






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