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, labour hire issues 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.


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

Denis Glacken
Coordinator Procurement, Central Highlands Regional Council

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

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

Lucas Dowe
Chief Executive Officer, ADANI Australia


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

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





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