Rockhampton Regional Council has launched an online survey as part of its “Gear Up Rocky” initiative to position local businesses to win work with Adani’s Carmichael coal project.
Mayor Margaret Strelow said the initiative was about identifying what support or training local businesses needed to get the work and create jobs.
“We are only six months from the date Adani expect to have the project fully funded so this week’s announcement is our cue as a regional community to get prepared during this short window of opportunity,” Cr Strelow said.
“The Gear up Rocky initiative will begin with an online survey that lets us understand where businesses are at now so we can determine how we can help them be noticed and sell themselves to Adani.
“We’ve been in touch with training providers and government agencies on rolling out courses, assisting businesses to build their profile and work together to bid for larger work. We have been told from the industry itself that while we have already got the goods, our businesses are not selling themselves well, particularly on the internet.”
Businesses wishing to join the survey should visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/adanicarmichaelmine or www.rrc.qld.gov.au > For Business > Gear up Rocky
Mackay is ready, says Mayor
Further north, the Mackay Regional Council has been working with key industry stakeholders to ensure the region is ready to tap into the $16.5 billion project.
Mackay is Australia’s premier Mining, Engineering and Technical Services (METS) hub and ready for the arrival of the Adani Carmichael coal project, says Mayor Greg Williamson.
Cr Williamson said Adani had already announced the Mackay region as a maintenance hub for its mine.
“We have over 1300 mining, engineering and manufacturing businesses in the region and all are mine-ready to deliver their expertise,” he said.
Cr Williamson said the council and Resource Industry Network had forged a strong partnership to identify and develop opportunities.
RIN has held several Supply Chain Panel sessions and developed a Capability and Procurement Portal, while the council has had ongoing discussions with Adani’s local content specialists and recently hosted the 3rd National Energy and Resources Services Forum – the first regional centre to host the forum.
“This is a project we want for our community and our region is ready and has the capability and capacity to fully take advantage of the work that the Carmichael Mine project will bring to the region.” Cr Williamson said.