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In this month’s Connecting Industry News, is sustainable corporate environmental responsibility becoming the norm? Rio Tinto backs major CQ solar development and a new solar farm has been earmarked for the Bundaberg Region. Have you registered to attend the first Connecting Industry Luncheon for 2024 with Australian renewable energy company Ark Energy, and is your business embracing growth rather than having a fixed mindset? Enjoy this month’s Connecting Industry News.

Becoming a “conscious capitalist” in a changing angry world.

EVERY BUSINESS these days is, or has some element of, an environmental challenge to society. The days of confrontation, argument and denial over climate change is over with the devastating fires in NSW, Victoria and South Australia in 2019 fundamentally changing the debate and cementing public attitudes not only here in Australia, but around the world.

But this is nothing new. For the past 40 years various elements of the environmental movement and business have come together and worked together on issues facing the environment. For instance, after many years of ducking debate over whether huge amounts of waste are created by takeaway meals sold every day around the world, McDonalds have worked hand in hand with government departments and environmental organisations on packaging challenges, ultimately bringing a solid ‘reduce-reuse-recycle’ ethic process into McDonald’s day to day operations at outlets worldwide.

Hundreds of companies have similar stories to tell with many now assessing their solid waste, carbon emissions, water pollution and other challenges with many now aligning their business with strategic partners in the environmental community and gone to work to successfully reduce their contributions to the environment.

Sustainable corporate environmental responsibility is no longer a choice. Stakeholders internally and externally are now calling for ‘conscious capitalism’ which leads to what I call ‘conscious communications” where business must take responsibility for their waste on all levels.

However, the reality is to be sustainable in business is a challenge and they are not going to clean up the world by themselves, but they do understand that the devil is in the details and every bit now counts and if they are going to grow as a business, they have a corporate responsibility to also grow with the community.

Kieran Moran – Connecting Industry Managing Director.

Industry News Briefs.

Rio Tinto backs major CQ solar development.

Gladstone refining giant Rio Tinto aims to drive development of Australia’s largest solar power project with a deal to take all electricity produced by the 1.1GW Upper Calliope plant for 25 years. The Upper Calliope solar plant will be built and operated by European Energy at a site about 50km south-west of Gladstone, pending development and grid connection approvals.

Construction of the Upper Calliope Solar Plant is targeted to start in 2025 or 2026. It is expected to take two years to construct and to employ 1000 people during construction and support 100 direct and indirect jobs when operating.

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Broadsound Solar Farm pushes ahead.

An outback town between Mackay and Rockhampton is quickly becoming the renewable energy capital of Queensland with a new mega solar farm closer to realisation.

Iberdrola Australia Development has applied to build a temporary accommodation camp for a 500-strong workforce so it can move forward with its approval to construct the Broadsound Solar Farm capable of producing about 392MW of power, or about 140,000 homes.

The 360MW Broadsound Solar Farm was first announced in 2022 and is currently in the planning phase. Construction is scheduled to begin early 2025.

For full story, connect here.

Register highlights strong project pipeline.

Almost $45 billion worth of projects have been listed on the Greater Whitsunday Regional Projects Development Register 2024.

Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) chief executive officer Kylie Porter said the register, listing planned projects valued at $1 million-plus, demonstrated the economic strengths of the region.

It also provided decision-makers with a better understanding of development activity and opportunities across the region.

“Mackay is the centre of one of Australia’s most developed Mining Equipment, Technology and Service (METS) sectors; the Whitsundays is a world-class tourism destination with a growing agriculture and aquaculture sector and of course, metallurgical coal mining remains the cornerstone of the Isaac economy,” Ms Porter said

For full story, connect here.

New battery energy storage system planned for Wurdong Heights.

The Gladstone region could soon be home to a new battery energy storage system (BESS) with plans for the controversial project recently lodged with council. Akaysha Energy, an Australian started BESS and renewable projects developer, has submitted a bid to build a “large-scale” facility on Hughes Rd at Wurdong Heights.

According to the planning report, the project would also include a 275 kV HV substation and a transmission line into the existing substation. The battery storage units would have a maximum capacity of up to 400MW/1600MWh.

The Akaysha Energy battery project is expected to create 150 construction jobs with construction of the proposed facility due to start in 2025.

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New solar farm for Bundaberg Region.

Telstra has announced it has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Global Power Generation for a $130 million solar farm to be constructed in the Bundaberg Region.

The project is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power around 30,000 homes, contributing to nationwide efforts to achieve 82% renewable energy by 2030.

The agreement means Telstra is now contracted to enable renewable energy generation equivalent to 100 per cent of its consumption by 2025, one of its three major climate goals.

The Global Power Generation solar farm project is expected to create over 100 jobs during the 12-18 months construction phase.

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Lift-off for Edify’s Townsville hydrogen plans.

Construction is due to start next year on a Townsville hydrogen hub, led by Edify Energy, with $70 million in Federal backing announced today.

The project involves more than $137 million of combined investment, with funding also being sourced from industry and the German government.

Edify Energy’s Townsville hydrogen hub project is expected to create at least 200 construction jobs with construction to commence in the next 12 months. Construction is expected to be complete in 2026, with initial commercial operations scheduled to start in 2027.

For full story, connect here.

The above industry News Briefs were sourced from the following publications: Industry QueenslandBundaberg Now, and the Courier Mail.

Connecting Industry Luncheon Series.

Connecting Industry is pleased to announce the first Connecting Industry Luncheon for 2024 will host leading Australian renewable energy company Ark Energy Corporation.

Specialising in wind, solar and hydrogen, Ark Energy owns a growing portfolio of wind and solar energy projects in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania and is at the forefront of development of Australia’s green hydrogen industry through its Sun HQ Hydrogen Hub in Townsville.

Ark Energy’s Queensland projects encompasses the Sun HQ Hydrogen Hub (Townsville), the Wooroora Station Wind Farm (Ravenshoe), Collinsville Green Energy Hub (Collinsville), MacIntyre Wind Farm (Warwick), Specimen Hill Wind Farm (Biloela), and the Boomer Green Energy Hub (Marlborough, Qld). Ark Energy Project Director Damian Vermey will introduce the business to industry and the supply chain and present potential procurement opportunities for their projects specifically the Boomer Green Energy Hub with construction expected to start in Q1 2025 creating 350 construction jobs.

Held on Wednesday, February 21 and now at Club Gladstone (Gladstone Bowls Club), Connecting Industry Luncheons gives your business the opportunity to connect, engage, and network with all presenting company speakers, industry, attending delegates, and the local supply chain.

For your next ticket to opportunity, connect here now.

Bowen Basin Mining Club Networking Luncheon Series.

The Bowen Basin Mining Club’s 2024 Networking Luncheon Series kicks off the year on Thursday 8 February with guest speaker, Jessica Simpson – Head of Procurement – BMA.

BMA is Australia’s largest producer and supplier of seaborne metallurgical coal and is owned 50:50 by BHP and Mitsubishi Development. BMA operates seven Bowen Basin mines (Goonyella Riverside, Broadmeadow, Daunia, Peak Downs, Saraji, Blackwater and Caval Ridge) and owns and operates the Hay Point Coal Terminal near Mackay. 

For tickets, connect here now.

Queensland Mining Awards.

Submissions are now open for Queensland’s premier mining excellence showcase, the Queensland Mining Awards (QMA 2024).

QMA 2024 offers a prestigious platform to recognise innovation, courageous leadership and outstanding contributions to Queensland’s flourishing resources sector. Covering eight categories in innovation, productivity, new products, collaboration, environment, safety, and community engagement, the Awards recognise achievements across the full spectrum of mining activity.

Held as the gala event of the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) in Mackay on July 24th, the Awards magnify the presence of entrants at QME. Major sponsors QME and Mackay Regional Council ensure the event has a strong Bowen Basin focus, creating a unique opportunity for Queensland’s diverse resources community to be acknowledged by their peers and industry leaders.

For more information, connect here.

Managing for growth.

At Connecting Industry Talent, we work alongside many different companies and gain insight into their differing workplace cultures. Increasingly we see many moving to a culture that embraces a ‘growth’ rather than ‘fixed’ mindset.

Usually, we think of this being a characteristic in individuals, but when we see whole teams adopting this approach to working, their results are enviable. The concept of the ‘growth mindset’ is when individuals with fixed mindsets believe that their success is confined within the range of their abilities – they are good at something, or they are not, and that fact can’t be changed.

Those with growth mindsets believe their success is linked to effort, overcoming obstacles through learning. To learn more, connect to the Connecting Industry Talent blog now.

Connecting Industry is passionate about connecting your business to the resource and construction industry via our three tiers of professional services – Events, Talent, and Communications. To find out more about Connecting Industry, including our events, recruitment / talent services, podcasts, and communications / stakeholder engagement initiatives, email us at or phone on 0438 146 819.

The Connecting Industry Team.

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