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North West Queensland Minerals & Energy

6-7 November 2019 | The Ville Resort Casino, Townsville

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Early bird rate (save $300) expires 30 September 2019 // See pricing below


After a few challenged years for the resources sector, positive economic signs are emerging and thanks to rising commodity prices, things are finally picking up in key mining states like Queensland.

The outlook for base metals prices, sustained by strong growth in global industrial production, is pointing to a ‘mini-boom’ for zinc, copper and nickel and a revival of mining activity in Mount Isa and the North-West province of the State.

The Queensland Government has put in place a blueprint to drive the next wave of resource development and new industry in the State North-West Minerals Province that will support the identification of new commercial deposits, mining exploration programs and investment promotions. The Government has also underlined its support for large-scale renewable energy developments, in particular large-scale solar generation and hydro projects.

Informa Australia’s the Inaugural North-West Minerals and Energy Conference will complement the successful resources series of conferences focused on Northern Australia, including the Northern Territory Week & SEAAOC.

The conference agenda will offer delegates the opportunity to hear about and discuss:

  • Mining and exploration in the North-West Province
  • Operation updates
  • Major project developments
  • Opportunities in the renewable space and energy storage market
  • Infrastructure
  • Contracting and employment opportunities


8:30 am

Registration and Coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am


Cr Jenny Hill, Mayor of Townsville

9:25 am

  • Major regional developments – mining, energy and infrastructure –
  • Future growth opportunities

9:55 am

  • Recent highlights of minerals and petroleum exploration in the region
  • Where are the opportunities
  • Analysis of trends in exploration in the region and outlook for the future
  • How to further stimulate exploration in the region

10:25 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:55 am

CASE STUDY | The Kidston Renewable Energy Hub for Far North Queensland

Simon Kidston, Executive Director, Genex Power


11:25 am

The Queensland Resources Council’s State of the Sector report

Ian Macfarlane, Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council

11:55 am

  • Market snapshot
  • What is the outlook for Chinese copper consumption? Will growth rates continue to slow?
  • EV’s and their associated infrastructure, what does it meant for demand projections?
  • Committed mine production and the approaching “supply” gap
  • What are the social and political challenges facing copper supply? What are the supply risks?

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:00 pm

  • A growing lithium ion battery industry
  • A world class copper-cobalt project
  • Demand for responsibly sourced cobalt

2:30 pm

  • Project overview
  • North Queensland – a new lithium province
  • By-products

3:00 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:30 pm

  • An update on the Ardmore phosphate project
  • Future development

4:30 pm

  • Overview of the current exploration opportunities in the Region
  • Economic effects
  • Potential for future exploration activities

5:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:05 pm

Networking drinks

8:30 am

Morning coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

Cannington Silver Mine expansion

Lucy Ball, Port and Operation Services Manager, South32


9:40 am

Port of Townsville – Responding to increasing minerals export

Kim Gebers, GM Infrastructure, Port of Townsville

10:10 am

Facilitating the development of infrastructure in the North West Queensland

Amanda Copping, Executive Director, NAIF

10:40 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:10 am

Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline – An update

Gina Wilson, Community Relations Manager – Major Projects, Jemena

11:40 am

The Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) Project

John Downie, Managing Director, Queensland Pacific Metals

12:10 pm

The Copper String 2.0 project in North Queensland - integrating the NW Minerals Province into the NEM

John O’Brien, Managing Director, Australian CleanTech & Sino CleanTech

12:40 pm

Networking lunch

1:30 pm

Infrastructure development and behind the meter solutions

Victor Young, GM Commercial and Industrial Energy Services, Yurika

2:00 pm

Employment and job opportunities for the Region

Speaker to be advised,

2:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

2:40 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2195$1895+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
  • Early bird rate expires 30 September 2019


Cr Jenny Hill

Mayor of Townsville

Ian Macfarlane

Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council

Amanda Copping

Executive Director, NAIF

Shane Goodwin

Corporate Affairs, New Century Resources

John Downie

Managing Director, Queensland Pacific Metals

Kim Gebers

GM Infrastructure, Port of Townsville

Paul Wiggers de Vries

Senior Analyst, Base Metals, CRU International Ltd (Australia) Pty Ltd

John O’Brien

Founder and Chairman, CopperString 2.0 Project

Gina Wilson

Community Relations Manager – Major Projects, Jemena

Simon Slesarewich

CEO, Centrex Metals

Matthew Kelly

Principal Economist, AEC

Simon Kidston

Executive Director, Genex Power

Hamish Collins

Managing Director, Aeon Metals

Matt Morgan

Managing Director, Ausmex Mining Group Limited

Dr Helen Degeling

Director Minerals Geoscience, Geological Survey of Queensland, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Darren Walker

Deputy Chairman, Queensland Exploration Council

Victor Young

GM Commercial and Industrial Energy Services, Yurika

Peter Schofield

GM Energy Infrastructure & Utility Services, Yurika

Lucy Ball

Port and Operation Services Manager, South32

when & where

06 - 07 Nov 2019

The Ville Resort-Casino
Sir Leslie Thiess Dr Townsville City QLD 4810
+61 7 47 222 333

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Conference Manager
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