L-R - David Edwards, Dr Anthony Lynham, James Kirby, Michael Schaumburg, Mary Shen, Geoff Hogg, Matthew Peter, Marc Watson, Leith Wiblen and Steven Jones

The first event of the 2016 Major Projects Series was held on July 12 with over 250 attendees at QUT’s Room ThreeSixty.

The event showcased opportunities for job creation and economic growth around the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane (QWB) Integrated Resort Development and other major projects.

The 2016 Major Project Series gives Queensland businesses from across the state the chance to learn about the big ticket projects the Department of State Development is facilitating and hear how to begin to plan so they can secure some of the action.

While these projects might be in South East Queensland, their effect will ripple all across the state, delivering local and regional industries the chance to secure contracts and create jobs.

QWB and the proposed $850 million redevelopment of Jupiter’s Gold Coast will create more than 3000 construction and 10,000 operational jobs in Queensland.

Opportunities abound for businesses across sectors including engineering, construction, agriculture, tourism, hospitality and food service, in regions all across Queensland.

The 2016 Major Projects Series aims to ensure that Queenslanders are ready to access new markets, create jobs and diversify their economies by making the most of major new developments.

Speakers at the forum included, Dr Anthony Lynham, Minster for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Department of State Development Director-General Michael Schaumburg, Projects Chief Executive David Edwards, Queensland Investment Corporation Chief Economist Matthew Peter, The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director Geoff Hogg.

Treasury Casino & Hotel Executive Chef Steven Jones gave a cooking demonstrating using the best quality, fresh South-East Queensland produce available.

The event marked the beginning of the process of business and industry understanding what is on offer, finding out about the developer, how to register their interest and keep informed as they learn and plan their path to share in this massive opportunity.

The next in the series will be a breakfast in Toowoomba on July 29, followed by Maroochydore (August 16), Mackay (August 26), Rockhampton (September 7), Maryborough (October 6), Springfield (October 20), Gold Coast (October 27), Townsville (November 23) and Cairns (November 24).

For tickets to the Toowoomba breakfast and information on the series email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0746167306.