Mining industry professionals from all levels have flocked to the Central Queensland Industry and Resources Expo in Rockhampton today.
The trade event started this morning with a breakfast function to welcome exhibitors, guests and delegates, where Rockhampton mayor Cr Margaret Strelow welcomed locals and travellers to the third year of the expo.
Online registrations for attending the expo have closed, but latecomers are welcome to register on arrival at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
The expo offers people interested in getting involved in the resource industry the opportunity to talk with industry experts and employment specialists to learn about apprenticeship networks and other ways of starting a career in mining.
Event director Bob Carroll said that 2000 to 3000 delegates are expected through the doors of this two-day event, which has had a lot of interest from corporate heads looking to stay up to date with industry developments.
“There are so many changes happening, not just in the industries but in government as well, and with big change comes big opportunities and a chance to grow”, Carroll said.
Supported by Rockhampton Regional Council, the event is designed to support the industry and resource sectors of Rockhampton, Gladstone and the Southern Bowen and Galilee Basins, with opportunities for businesses and visitors to network, develop new contacts, and learn about the latest equipment and services in the central Queensland resource industry.
The expo has representatives from more than 40 industry sectors, and more than 110 exhibitors with many new attractions, products and projects on display.
“I’ve seen some very good new projects, including the LIDAR, which is a 3D scanner which is used for mining and development,” Carroll said.
Project delivery managers will give talks on the new 3D modelling technology in the Robert Schwarten Pavillion at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2pm.
The expo is organised by Australian Events, who also run the North Queensland Industry and Resources Expo, and the Surat Basin Energy and Mining Expo.
The Central Queensland event concludes on Thursday evening, March 21, with an exhibitor networking function at the Lionleigh Hotel, Rockhampton.