Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Minister to Address Golding Conference; the Forum for Existing and Proposed Major Industrial Projects

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Minister to Address Golding Conference; the Forum for Existing and Proposed Major Industrial Projects

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IT'S only four weeks until the Gladstone region's most significant and high profile industry event, the Golding Industry Conference 2010 presented in partnership with The Gladstone Engineering Alliance Inc. (GEA).

This year's conference is placing Gladstone in the national limelight.

More than 180 delegates, speakers, and sponsors from across Australia will hear about existing and future major industrial development in the region.

This year's conference is the seventh annual Major Industry conference presented by Golding in partnership with the GEA.

"Gladstone is uniquely positioned as the nominated hub for enormous industrial development over the next decade and beyond," Geoff Caton, CEO of Golding said.

"The Golding Industry Conference 2010 provides a timely opportunity for industry to showcase the full scope and breadth of likely development within the Gladstone region."

GEA CEO Karen Porter said the conference would provide a forum for existing and proposed major industrial projects to share current and relevant information with the business community.

"The absolute volume and sheer scope of existing and proposed major industrial projects in the region is both exciting and challenging," Ms Porter said.

"Gladstone is on the verge of a new era in industrial development with the impending LNG industry moving closer to reality.

"The Golding Industry Conference provides a forum for major industry to communicate about the design, construction, operation and maintenance of respective projects which contribute significantly to the State's economic growth, and develop relationships with the region's business community.

"We have experienced fantastic support Australia-wide from speakers, sponsors and delegates.

"We have confirmed over 15 speakers for the two-day conference including the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe.

"Minister Hinchliffe will address delegates on the government's plans for infrastructure development in the Gladstone region."

Additional speakers include:

Geoff Caton, CEO of Golding Contractors Pty Ltd;

Phil Ferenczi, regional geologist, Department of Mines and Energy;

Carl Moser, general manager, and Ross Johnson, acting project manager, Boulder Steel;

Danny O'Dell, project manager APLNG;

Bob Stuart, group manager Major Projects, QR National Coal Freight;

Andrew Hocking, operations manager Open Cut, Aquila Resources Co Washpool Coal Project;

Margaret Davies, regional manager Supply Chain and Aldo Pennini, regional manager External Affairs, Anglo American;

Chris Anderson, Site Works manager, QER;

Gerry Brophy, general manager Project Development, Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal; and

Russell Schuller, director of Strategic Planning, Gladstone Regional Council. …

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