Gladstone’s industry capabilities showcased at bio-fuels conferences in the United States
THE Gladstone Engineering Alliance have joined a delegation from the Queensland Government and the Gladstone Regional Council on a fact finding mission to the United States to investigate future opportunities within the hydrogen, bio-fuels and renewable energy sector for Central Queensland.
The delegation includes Trade and Investment Queensland, the Qld Department of Innovation, State Development, CQ University, Gladstone Regional Council and the Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA).
GEA chief executive officer Julie Gelder said the trade mission is not only designed to investigate up and coming opportunities for the Central Queensland region within hydrogen, bio-fuels and the renewables sector, but to also attract investment and to get a better understanding of the emerging industry itself.
“Gladstone’s been identified as the preferred region in the development of clean, innovative and competitive renewable energy with the Queensland premier only last week announcing the region will play an integral part in the Queensland Government’s $19 million Hydrogen Industry Strategy,” Ms Gelder said.
GEA president Anthony Buenen, Gladstone mayor Matt Burnett, CQ University associate professor Owen Nevin are promoting Gladstone as a place to invest with the support of Queensland Minister for Innovation Kate Jones who are all currently at the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia.
“The Gladstone region has a diverse economy based on its worldwide reputation as Australia’s industrial hub with large scale industrial development infrastructure and available land to accommodate long term investment and growth of the emerging hydrogen, bio-fuels and renewable energy sector,” Ms Gelder said.
“As the peak industry body for Central Queensland with over 200 member businesses/suppliers working within the resource sector, the GEA are working closely with industry and government in a combined multi-stakeholder approach to facilitate the promotion of Central Queensland as a suitable location for investment of technology-based projects to support the production, transportation and utilisation of renewable energy including hydrogen.”
Ms Gelder added the delegation will also be attending the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Iowa in July.
“For the GEA it’s about promoting the regions workforce and expertise in building and servicing major infrastructure projects in the region and educating that workforce to be ready for emerging and future industries,” she said.