Queensland hydro: wednesday, April 17

VENUE: Club Gladstone (Gladstone Bowls Club) 6 Ferris St, Gladstone.

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Connecting Industry Conference

Connecting Industry facilitate events for the resource and construction industry delivered either in-person or via live virtual video streaming, including hybrid events, allowing delegates to connect, engage, and network with presenting speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and all attendees.

Connecting Industry Luncheons are designed to assist your business develop strategic relationships in every facet of your personal and professional success. Our events are attended by CEO’s, managing directors, and business executives from across Queensland and Australia. With approximately 120+ industry delegates at each luncheon, the nature of our events gives your business the opportunity to connect, engage, and network with all presenting company speakers, industry, attending delegates, and the local supply chain.

Networking at the Connecting Industry Luncheon starts at 10.30am in the main bar with proceedings beginning at 11.30am in the main function room. Lunch, desert, and drinks are provided at all Connecting Industry Luncheons in the main function room.


Why should you attend?

You get to connect with local resource industry companies and their management team including other attendees to build relationships and grow your business into the future.

Why should you present?

You get to present your company’s goals, initiatives, and any procurement opportunities to the resource and construction industry supply chain to find the right companies with the best capabilities and solutions.

Why should you sponsor?

You get to present your business brand to the resource and construction industry and the supply chain to generate leads, gain insights and opportunities to build relationships and grow your business.


Queensland Hydro is a publicly owned entity established by the Queensland Government to design, deliver, operate and maintain long duration pumped hydro energy storage assets that will be the cornerstone for the transformation of the state’s energy system. Queensland Hydro are playing a critical role in helping to meet the Queensland Government’s renewable energy targets and net zero emissions by 2050, supporting the shift in our economy to a decarbonised energy system.

The Borumba Pumped Hydro project is a 2,000 MW pumped hydro energy storage system at Lake Borumba, located near Imbil, west of the Sunshine Coast. The Project requires an expansion of the existing Lake Borumba with a new dam wall, and a second reservoir with six dams will be constructed at a higher altitude. An underground powerhouse will link the two reservoirs together. In June 2023, the Queensland Government committed $6 billion in funding to progress the project. Exploratory works are currently underway.

The Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project is a proposed 5,000 MW pumped hydro energy storage system located in the Pioneer Valley and adjacent ranges, 75km west of Mackay. In June 2022, the Queensland Government allocated $35 million to progress early investigations for the site. Queensland Hydro are currently undertaking a number of detailed analytics studies to refine knowledge of the proposed reservoirs.

The speaker including representatives of Queensland Hydro will be available at the Connecting Industry Luncheon to discuss your interest in supplying to the Borumba Pumped Hydro and the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Projects. 


$99 Inc GST per person. Table of 8: $700 Inc GST


Chris Evans

Queensland Hydro Executive General Manager, Development.

Chris Evans

Queensland Hydro Executive General Manager, Development.

Chris Evans is the Executive General Manager of Development at Queensland Hydro. His role focuses on the development readiness of Queensland Hydro’s proposed pumped hydro projects, assets that will be the cornerstone for Queensland’s transition to renewable energy.

Chris has more than 25 years’ experience across major water, energy, power and utilities projects. This includes leading pumped hydro developments at Powerlink Queensland, overseeing SunWater’s major project group, and delivery of dam and tunnel-based hydropower developments in New Zealand. Chris has also held several enegineering and consulting roles across both Australia and New Zealand.

Chris holds a Master of Science (with honours) in hydrogeology and an MBA (with distinction) from the University of Canterbury.

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$99 Inc GST per person. Table of 8: $700 Inc GST

You’re Invited to Pre-Event Networking Drinks

Connecting Industry invites attendees of the Connecting Industry Luncheon with Queensland Hydro to pre-networking drinks the night before the event at Ward’s Brewery on April 16. Starting from 5pm, this informal networking event’s aim is to create relationships between attendees both locally and for those coming to Gladstone before the luncheon. No registration is required – just turn up, have a locally brewed beer, wine, and even dinner and start connecting and building relationships with the local, state, and national supply chain. Ward’s Brewery is located at 131, Auckland Street, Gladstone Central. 

Connecting Industry Events Testimonials

“A stellar job and as a sponsor, I believe we achieved what we
set out to; brand recognition for attendees and businesses
looking to engage our services in the future”

Jeremy Fisher
Southpac Group

“The conference was really well done, informative, and I
made some valuable connections. A well-run online

Chris Birchall
MRC Global Australia

“I made some great connections and managed to network with
all of the projects and most of the attendees. A great way to
do business”

Clinton Huff
Shamrock Civil Engineering

“It was a pleasure presenting our project at the conference and
we expect to be working with some of the attendees in the future”

Stephen Growcott
Pure Minerals Limited

“We found the information contained allowed us to
collectively make new connections and business
strategies in-line with the projects represented”

Ray Cleary
Astus Solutions

“The event was fantastic and it went really very well with excellent presentations and as a sponsor we got great value out of the event”

Hamid Khan

our mission

To connect the resource and construction sector, create opportunities for all stakeholders, and embrace sustainability.

Our vision

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