RAPID Power Grid: VisIR Pty Ltd.

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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.


RAPAD Power Grid is a unique community-led energy infrastructure development project through a collaboration agreement between RAPAD (Remote Area Planning and Development Board), Barcaldine Regional Council, and Queensland-owned VisIR Pty Ltd. RAPAD (Remote Area Planning and Development Board) represents seven local government areas that span almost 25% of Queensland including the Barcaldine region which is home to the emerging Barcaldine Renewable Energy Zone (BREZ).

The RAPAD Power Grid region is strategically located between the industrial and energy hub of Gladstone and the critical mineral and renewable energy corridor between Townsville and the North West Minerals Province (NWMP) and utilises this strategic arc from Hughenden to Barcaldine and on to Gladstone. The RAPAD Power Grid is focused on supporting the transition of Queensland to a green industrial superpower.

The RAPAD Power Grid project comprises of HVDC transmission network (5.2 GW capacity) with the potential for solar generation (4.2 GW), wind generation (estimated at 2.5 GW) and common user battery storage. The Hughenden, Barcaldine, Gladstone loop improves geographic diversity of generation, grid flexibility and reduced biodiversity impacts. The HVDC network provides significantly improved grid stability, and the project dramatically reduces the risk of not achieving decarbonisation targets.

VisIR’s 18-year track record is unique; it sits at the intersection of the political economy and electricity infrastructure development and is built on creating industry-leading advisory firms, strategic investments and projects. The company provides flexible and creative thinking, coupled with a broad and valuable relationship ecosystem from community and political leaders to industrial businesses, electricity industry businesses and capital providers.

VisIR was the owner of the $5 billion CopperString transmission network project until March 2023 when the Queensland Government committed to construct the transmission network and VisIR transferred the project to State ownership. The team of technical, regulatory and financial professionals is led by founders, John and Joseph O’Brien, prominent energy industry experts who have been contributing to the Queensland and national energy industry for over 40 years.


John O’Brien

VisIR Executive Director

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You're Invited to Pre-Event Networking Drinks

Connecting Industry invites attendees of the Connecting Industry Luncheon with RAPID Power Grid and VisIR to pre-networking drinks the night before the event at Ward’s Brewery on June 18. 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 conference"

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 FOSROC

our mission

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

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To be the recognised leaders in connecting the resource and construction sector with business and work opportunities.

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