An upcoming event will inform and inspire Central Highlands operators to keep pace with the changing business landscape.

The Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) will present the Economic Futures Forum at the Emerald Town Hall on Wednesday, 6 March.

Bookings can be made at Tickets are $60 per person and include morning tea, lunch, refreshments, and a Beer and Business networking session.

The Forum will look at how the region can rise to the challenge of disruptors in digital technology, export markets, and changing population demographics.

Presenters include local businesses that are already exploiting the emerging opportunities, and government and industry bodies that are charting the course for the Central Highlands and Queensland.

“Our local small-to-medium enterprises will hear first-hand, expert insights into the shifts and developments across key industries of recent years, and how to work with – rather than against – these changes,” CHDC General Manager Sandra Hobbs says.

“Instead of feeling daunted or overwhelmed by those external influences, we want operators to be energised and inspired by the opportunities they offer.”

The forum will serve as a launching pad for a new campaign to attract skilled workers to the Central Highlands, which includes a promotional video and CQ Job Link, an exciting online platform to connect local employers and job seekers.

CHDC will also launch the 2019 Central Highlands Business Excellence Awards and the 2019/20 Central Highlands Visitor Guide and Touring Map.

The day will end with an informal Beer and Business networking session to ask questions, make connections and create business opportunities.

Speakers include:

  • Paul Higgins, Futurist with Emergent Futures, who writes and presents on future disruptions to business models and consults to a range of organisations on how to think about the future.
  • Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner
  • Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane
  • Brad Foster, Queensland Regional Operations Manager, GrainCorp, which is about to begin construction of a 180,000 tonne-capacity super depot at CQ Inland Port.
  • Cameron Vorias, Chief Executive Officer with Sojitz, which will soon return the Gregory Crinum coal mine to full operational capacity.

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For further information, please contact CHDC Media Officer Nicky Fisher at or 0414 360 697.

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