Working together for our region

Sharon Bailey Phil Henry at a meeting of the Central Queensland Industry Collaborative.

By Peter Lynch

From the inception of Industry Today, our purpose has been to showcase the capacity and capabilities of what we have to offer regarding our regional industries. This has resulted in the creation of the Central Queensland Industry Collaborative.

In this week’s edition we look back on the history of growth of the group so far.

September 2021

There was an unsettled industry business community regarding missing out on contracts of a huge billion-dollar Federal Government project in our region.

Industry Today took on the role of mediator and put plans in place not only to showcase our capacity but also to address what we see in front of us and what we can do better as a community.

Industry Today gathered all involved.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addressed the group by Skype, regarding the Federal Government’s intended improvement of the Tier 1 Tier 2 contractor structure to benefit the local smaller businesses.

There was still emotion in the room but was soon put to bed by Industry Today’s new concept.

Within the group we also created a scene of unity and discussed the importance of mature, constructive, less emotional dialogue.

The group was looking at how now we could all work together better.

Basically, the intent was to take the sting out of the tail of the emotion and take on board the situation with local contractors to calmly gather our thoughts to progress into the future with a more positive approach.

November 2021

Industry Today invited Jordan Geddes and Marcus Lang to facilitate a session to where we now have a focus on what we were looking to accomplish and how we put that together.

Marcus is currently managing director and co-founder of Asset Management Australia (AMA)

Having spent over 20 years in senior professional and executive roles for some the largest government, private and publicly listed companies in the world, Marcus has been interested in giving back to the next generation and advises to the mining, manufacturing, power, rail, transport and logistics based industries nationally and internationally.

Marcus holds an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Co-op), a Diploma in Maintenance Management and a Masters in Business Administration. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the UK Chapter of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM), the Project Management Institute (PMI) and an underground monitor for the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP).

Jordan is a joint Director and co-founder of BRAWD & Co.

Having previously worked in a variety of commercial roles within BHP, Shell (QGC), and Queensland Government, Jordan is an accomplished resource industry professional with trade and procurement expertise in mining, energy, international agriculture, and indigenous procurement.

Jordan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Diploma in Export Management, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Marcus mentioned the lack of Federal Government funded projects into the future.

Identifying this issue alone allowed us to focus on how to then address this situation, whether it be by lobbying the government and or assisting our regional industry to consolidate and investigate their business structure to give them more opportunity into the future.

The two gentlemen brought it to the attention of the group that the purpose for a long-term positive result we all needed to agree on what the room thought was the five main points of issues that need addressing.

The room identified five issues important to them and listed them after quite a deal of discussion.

Top five Issues in no particular order were:

– Skill Shortage & Labour Turnover

– Shorter payment terms to better manage cash flow

– Requirement to leave a positive post-project legacy

– Scopes that suit capabilities and capacity (SHMS and QA ISO 9001 Capability Funding) improving those capabilities for not only regional but beyond.

– Ensuring Tier 1 project proponents understand capability and capacity early in project planning (Forum of Capabilities)

The purpose was then to meet with our political leaders and other peak bodies to explain where the group is at.

Jordan and Marcus then met with Michelle Landry and Brittany Lauga with Barry O’Rourke and Russell Robertson advised of the intended process to be completed.

February 2022

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga had spoken with Mick De Brenni the Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement.

The Minister had asked Brittany if she might be able to organise a meeting with the CQIC group.

This eventuated as a breakfast meeting.

A big thank you to the Minister and Sharon Bailey (State Deputy Director General of Procurement) for taking the time out and speaking with some of the attendees after the breakfast.

I know it was a short sharp gathering, but I thought it brought out the fact to the Minister that the Central Queensland Industry Collaborative (CQIC) is seriously genuine in its approach to improving the conditions of processes put in place by Tier 1 and Tier 2 contractors.

The conversation also recognised the point that some of these organisations need to work on their own business to be in a position to where they have the capacity and capability to tender for future projects.

I know that a few of the points brought up have the Minister’s office already wanting to act on them and even to go through the five issues to suggest solutions for these issues is a great start.

All round it was a positive session.

March 2022

The progression session was conducted on 11 March to discuss the five issues with attendees bringing to the room suggested solutions on how we address the issues and then how do we action those solutions.

This again was conducted in a workshop type method.

The information has now been collated and will be sent out to the appropriate people who may be able to assist with the focused outcome.

The results will be announced to all who have taken part in the future.