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

Thanks for joining us on Wednesday 18 July, 2018 to discuss big business driving small business, supply chain readiness, engaging regional businesses to develop innovative mindsets, major projects and more.

The day included 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
  • Beer & Business networking session

We would like to thank our speakers, sponsors and attendees for contributing to another productive, informative and successful event for the Central Highlands.


Click on the links below to access the presentations from the day (ordered by the day’s schedule/agenda).

  • Peter Donaghy, Director of the Coal Assessment Hub, Department of Natural Resources, Mines & Energy
  • Paul Hodgson, General Manager Innovation & Stakeholder Engagement (East Coast), National Energy Resources Australia
  • Paul Green, Mine Manager, Ensham Mine (Idemitsu Resources)
  • James Scotland, Business Facilitator/Project Manager, AusIndustry
  • Amanda Delaney, Manager of Government & Public Affairs (Qld & NT), Santos
  • Tracey Cuttriss-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, C-Res & Local Buying Foundation
  • Denis Glacken, Procurement Coordinator, Central Highlands Regional Council
  • David Carey, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Mines Rescue
  • Blake Repine, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, CQUniversity

Our additional thanks to Lucas Dow (CEO, Adani Australia), Ian McFarlane (CEO, Queensland Resources Council) and Senator the Hon Matt Canavan (Minister for Northern Australia and Minister for Resources) for their presentations.

Platinum Sponsor 

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.

See Alan’s presentation by clicking here.





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