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The Bell Bay Major Projects Conference

Accelerating decarbonisation through new clean energy supply chains & value-added manufacturing in northern Tasmania

5-6 December 2023 | Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston

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Informa is delighted to announce an exciting new event – The Bell Bay Major Projects Conference – which will be held on the 5-6 December at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston. This is the latest in our very successful series of regional industry events and will be held at an exciting time for economic development in Northern Tasmania.

The conference will be heavily focused on project updates from multiple industries and examine the key issues facing the Bell Bay region, featuring fantastic networking opportunities including a major industry dinner at the beautiful Josef Chromy Winery.

Just some of the key topics that will be covered at this exciting new industry forum includes:

  • Accelerating advanced manufacturing and industrial growth in Northern Tasmania
  • An analysis of the new Safeguard Mechanism, and its impact on industrial development
  • Industrial decarbonisation pathways for heavy industry – Opportunities for Bell Bay
  • The potential and role for renewable energy and industrial precincts in Australia
  • The latest from northern Tasmania’s hydrogen proponents, and where their projects are heading
  • The Net Zero Australia project – key learnings for Tasmania and Australia
  • Workforce planning and recruitment for northern Tasmania
  • Project updates – Aluminum, Steel, Rare Earths, Hydrogen, Methanol, Ammonia
  • Opportunities for Bell Bay to develop advanced manufacturing capabilities for defence support
  • Updates from renewable energy project developers – solar and wind – in the Bell Bay and Northeast region
  • The new offshore wind industry, and opportunities for Bell Bay to play a key role
  • Port & shipping developments and requirements from industry
  • Updates from the timber and wood fibre industries in Northern Tasmania
  • Local government updates and planning for regional growth
  • Associated infrastructure analysis including gas, electricity and rail
  • New water infrastructure requirements/developments to facilitate a hydrogen industry in Bell Bay
  • New industries and opportunities for Bell Bay SMEs to support growth

Come and join the key decision makers in early December to gain the latest information on the many projects in the Bell Bay region, develop new business contacts, and enjoy everything that beautiful Launceston has to offer at the beginning of Summer.

Supported by


The Honourable Nick Duigan MLC

Minister for Energy and Renewables

Susie Bower

Chief Executive Officer, Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone

Hon Dean Winter MP

Opposition Leader, Tasmanian Labor

Brendan James

Founder and Executive Chairman, LINE Hydrogen (Australia) Pty Ltd

Michael van Baarle

Co-Founder & CEO, ABEL Energy

Paul Venter

General Manager, Liberty Bell Bay, GFG ALLIANCE

Andrew Kneebone

CEO, Tasmanian Irrigation

Shane Bartel

Chief Executive Officer, Climate Capital

Neil Grose

Hydrogen Capability Manager, Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone

David Pollington

Managing Director, ACEN Australia

Dr Mark Cooksey

Managing Director & CEO, ABx Group

John Perry

Coordinator-General, Office of the Coordinator-General

David Oliver

Chief Sales, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, Timberlink Australia

Anthony Donald

CEO, TasPorts

Will Temple-Smith

General Manager of Commercial and Business Development, Solstice Energy

Bess Clark

Chief Executive Officer, TasRex

John Whittington

CEO, Blue Economy CRC

Josh Marshall

General Manager - Infrastructure Investment Program, TasRail

James McKee

Director of Regional Development and CEO, Regional Development Australia – Tasmania

Andrew Kerley

Director – Head of Wind, Equis

Chris Griffin

Chief Executive Officer, Northern Tasmania Development Corporation

Ross Burridge

Executive Operations, TasNetworks

My Therese Blank

Head of Ocean Product, Oceania, Maersk A/S

Tony Mckenna

Managing Director & CEO, Midway

Clyde Russell

Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist, Thomson Reuters

Caroline Wykamp

Chief Executive Officer, Marinus Link

Colin Paterson

Commercial Director, Nexsphere

Andrew Treble

Head of Government Affairs, SunCable

Sean Terry

Executive Director, Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania (ReCFIT)

Vedran Kovac

Executive General Manager, Commercial, Hydro Tasmania


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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Sponsoring the Bell Bay Major Projects Conference will be your gateway to the Bell Bay and Northern Tasmania regions senior industry, investors, businesses, community, and government representatives to connect for this unique networking and shared learning opportunity. If you are interested in finding out about the various sponsorship and exhibition options available, please contact:

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship + Exhibition Manager
M: 0421 048 191



Join us for the official Bell Bay Major Projects Conference dinner for a fantastic opportunity to network with your peers and clients whilst enjoying the local cuisine at the beautiful Josef Chromy Winery.

*Please note: Seating for the dinner is limited. Attendance for the dinner is reserved for those registered to attend the conference.

VIP Networking Cruise

Tamar River Cruise
6th December 2023 following the close of the conference

3pm-5:30pm (2.5hrs) Wednesday 6th December 2023 | Departing from Home Point Wharf in Launceston

The Cruise is the perfect way to unwind after the event and cement new contacts whilst providing the perfect vantage point to view the Tamar Valley, Cataract Gorge, Launceston’s riverfront precinct, Tamar Island, historical buildings and vineyards.

It’s time to relax, enjoy the views, a glass of local wine or a cool refreshing beer and nibbles.

Attendance for the cruise is reserved for speakers and those registered to attend the conference.

Event Code of Conduct

This code explains our expectations and rules, which includes general good practice behaviour – because actions can impact others and everyone has a role to play in getting it right.

Anyone not following these rules or behaving in an unacceptable way will be asked – and expected – to stop doing so immediately and may be removed from the event. Read our Event Code of Conduct here.

when & where

05 - 06 Dec 2023

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston
29 Cameron St,
Launceston TAS 7250
(03) 6334 3434

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Still have a question?

General Information & Registration
Customer Service
+61 2 9080 4307

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Megan Rogulski
+61 2 9080 4334

Speaking Enquiries
Alex Bennet

Marketing & Media Enquiries
Chris Shorthouse

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