Cairns to host major projects forum

Cairns will host the region’s business leaders at a forum next week to showcase major projects driving regional growth, including the $176 million Cairns Convention Centre expansion.

Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham, who will deliver the opening address at the forum, said regional economic development and employment was a key commitment of the Palaszczuk Government.

“The Far North Queensland Regional Projects Forum will highlight construction and supply opportunities for local businesses to become part of the supply chain for new projects,’’ Dr Lynham said.

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the forum was a great opportunity for local businesses.

“The forum will focus on business opportunities from projects including the Cairns Convention Centre expansion, the $75 million MSF Sugar Green Power expansion at the Tableland Mill, the $30 million Cairns Innovation Centre and the $35 million Bauxite Hills Mine project,” Mr Pitt said.

“Far North Queensland is booming with billions of dollars of development in the pipeline in the coming years and I encourage all interested industry representatives to register to be part of this Forum.”

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said speakers would include Mr Robert Sobyra from Construction Skills Queensland and Mr Simon Finnis of Metro Mining Ltd.

“The Department of State Development has partnered with Cairns Regional Council to bring together a great line-up of speakers to outline to local businesses how they might become involved in projects being planned and already underway in the Far North Queensland region,” Mr Crawford said.

“These major projects will provide an economic boost for businesses, creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the region.”

The event is part of the Department of State Development’s regional projects forums to inform businesses about project investment in the pipeline, industry outlooks, how to access new markets and win business through tendering and supply opportunities associated with government and non-government projects.

To register for the forum, to be held at the Cairns Convention Centre on 31 October 2017, visit Eventbrite.






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