A series of investment project opportunities were presented to delegates at the summit across infrastructure, tourism, resources, agriculture and research and innovation sectors.
Port of Townsville Expansion
Port of Townsville Limited is a Government Owned Corporation that owns and manages the ports of Townsville and Lucinda in North Queensland. Townsville Port trades with more than 240 ports in 40 countries, handling around 11 million tonnes of diverse products with an estimated worth of $11 billion each year.
The Port of Townsville expansion builds on the major trading hub in northern Australia’s largest city, servicing more than 70 per cent of northern Australia’s population. The port expansion is aimed at meeting future trading volumes from growth in the minerals, agricultural and general cargo. Ranee will discuss the scope and expected benefits of port expansion and outline investment and partnership opportunities.
Ms Ranee Crosby
Ranee has worked in the ports and shipping industry for almost 20 years and has been Chief Executive Officer of Port of Townsville Limited since March 2013. Prior to this, Ranee was the General Manager Commercial at the Port of Townsville and held various executive positions in property management, port planning and development and corporate governance.
Ranee has led commercial transactions for the delivery of a number of infrastructure projects including the $130 million Townsville Marine Precinct, the $85 million Berth 10 and Quayside Terminal and the $85 million Berth 8 Bulk Minerals facility at the Port of Townsville.
Ranee is Chair of the Townsville Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Board Member of Townsville Enterprise Limited, Deputy Chair of the Queensland Ports Association and Deputy Chair of the James Cook University Futures Committee.
She has a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub
The Whitsunday Regional Council is seeking to upgrade and extend the runway at the Whitsunday Coast Airport to enable mid and large-haul flights for direct international air access to the Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach and the Great Barrier Reef and export opportunities.
The project also proposes to integrate highway access with the North Coast Railway Line and the airport, creating a multimodal transport and logistics hub for the benefit of the region’s tourism, agriculture and resources sectors.
An upgraded precinct will open up opportunities for multiple airport related activities as well as non-airfield related use such as rental car storage, intermodal freight facilities, short stay hotel and motel, office space, warehousing and commercial and retail businesses.
Mr Scott Waters
Scott has been the Chief Executive Officer of Whitsunday Regional Council for the past three years. Scott is currently dedicating his effort to the delivery of catalytic infrastructure for the council via the Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub project.
Scott is a graduate of James Cook University’s School of Tourism majoring in Marketing and Human Resource Management and holds an Advanced Diploma in Airline Operations from University of New South Wales, as well as holding memberships with the Australian Institute of Company Directors andLocal Government Managers Association.
Scott currently also holds leadership roles in various economic development, advisory bodies and community organisations in the region.
Ella Bay Integrated Resort
The Ella Bay Integrated Resort Development is proposed to be a sustainable master planned community — located in the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, North Queensland, 88km south of Cairns and 9km north of Innisfail.
Proposed to be developed in five stages over 10 to 15 years, the development will be a new eco-resort location for Far North Queensland and includes five resorts, 540 residences, a village precinct, a championship 18-hole golf course and swimming lagoon.
Mr Rod Lamb
Rod has been Managing Director of the Ella Bay Resort development project for the past seven years, taking the project from an idea through to federal and state approvals.
Rod is a Chemical Engineer specialising in project implementation and management. As a founding Director, Rod was a major driver behind the growth and business development of Sedgman Limited, a listed global multi-discipline infrastructure and engineering company.
Rod has also been a founding Director of the technology startup companies Entecho and Breakaway Pty Ltd.
Mount Carbine Tungsten Project
Carbine Tungsten Limited plans to be a pre-eminent Australian tungsten producer, with the re-commencement of production at the historic Mount Carbine Tungsten Mine in North Queensland.
The company’s aim of becoming one of the leading western producers of tungsten concentrate commenced in 2012 with its Tailings Retreatment Operations and will continue via the following future phases of the Mount Carbine Tungsten Project being:
- the Low Grade Mineralised Stockpiles
- the re-awakening of the open-cut mine.
Carbine Tungsten Limited’s strategy is to focus on tungsten production at its Mount Carbine prospects.
Mr Andrew James (Jim) Morgan
Mr Morgan was appointed as CEO and Managing Director of Carbine Tungsten Limited in April 2012. He has more than30 years’ experience in Australian and international mining and construction industries, most recently as General Manager of Project Development for ASX-listed Paladin Energy Ltd at Paladin’s Langer Heinrich Uranium Project in Namibia.
MacMines Austasia-China Stone Coal Project
Meijin Energy Group purchased MacMines Austasia in 2007, taking over MacMines Galilee Basin coal tenements.
China Stone Coal Project based on two mining tenements in the Galilee Basin has a planned annual production of 40 million tonnes of saleable thermal coal. The proposal also includes a 1050 MW power station to provide the power needs of the project.
The China Stone Coal Project has been declared a coordinated project by the Queensland Coordinator-General and is currently undergoing an Environmental Impact Assessment.
Mr Junliang Yao
Mr Yao was born in October 1952 in Qingxu County, Shaxi Province. Mr Yao, one of China’s first generation of private entrepreneurs, is a graduate of the Tsinghua University with an Executive MBA.
He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Meijin Energy Group. He also holds the position of Vice President of China Private Economy Association and Vice President of Shanxi Federation of Industry and Economics.
Mr. Yao has led and developed the Shanxi Meijin Energy Group into a diversified corporation involved with energy, coal mining, coal chemical industry, municipal gas supply, urban infrastructure, construction material, electric power utilization and logistics. The company has become one of China’s largest coking coal enterprises and coking coal producers.
Over more than 30 years, Mr. Yao has witnessed China’s economic reform and opening-up process. He is now leading the Yao’s family business which has RMB¥ 52.8 billion in assets and the group company is listed on the Chinese top 500 companies.
Shenwu Environment and Energy Technology
Beijing Shenwu Environment and Energy Technology Corporation (Shenwu Group) is an energy conservation, resource utilization and environmental protection technology solution provider for the global fossil fuel and atmospheric haze control industries. Shenwu Group is an industry leader in China, specializing in efficient and clean utilization of fossil fuel, mineral resources and renewable energy resources and a leader in R&D and commercial application of new industrial technologies.
Dr Daohong Wu
Dr Daohong Wu was born in September 1966 in Xiantao City in Hubei Province. He holds a Doctor of Science Degree as well as a Post-Doctorate Certificate.
As an expert in new generation combustion science and an inventor of regenerative high temperature air combustion technology in China, Dr Wu has long dedicated his efforts in R&D and promotion of industrial energy-saving, emission-reduction technologies and comprehensive resources utilization. So far, Dr. Wu and his team at Shenwu Group have successfully commercialized more than 800 regenerative industrial boilers both at home and abroad, saving in excess of 15 million tonnes of coal for their clients.
Dr Wu and his team hold more than 100 patents in energy-saving and environment-protection technologies and industrial processes.
Dr Wu also undertakes a range of technical and advisory roles in his fields of expertise and is a visiting professor at the Beijing University of Science & Technology.
Finfish Group Investment Overview
Finfish Enterprise Pty Ltd (Finfish) operates the Northern Fisheries Centre (NFC), a tropical marine fin fish breeding facility in Cairns, Queensland with a focus on technology and innovation.
The facility commercially breeds three species of fish from the Grouper family; Giant, Gold Spot and Tiger grouper. Coral Trout is also being bred with ongoing R&D required to enhance survival rates and commercialise production.
The IP developed by Finfish Enterprise allows for year-round spawning of eggs and achieves high survival rates of tropical marine fin fish larvae by providing a controlled environment ensuring less impact from disease and poor water quality.
Finfish also operates a grow-out facility, the Ponderosa Farm, located in Yorkeys Knob. The 17 hectare pond farm is capable of producing 350 tonnes of product per annum.
Finfish is investing in expansion of its breeding facility and establishing grow-out capability. Finfish aspires to become a leading producer and supplier of tropical marine fin fish for the Australian and global markets.
Mr Alan Wigan
Alan is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience in mining and professional services sectors. Alan is currently CEO of the Finfish Group of private companies that are developing and operating world class aquaculture facilities in North Queensland, Australia.
Previously, Alan held the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary roles at Boardwalk Resources where he oversaw various project due diligences including the takeover by Whitehaven Coal, and then as Integration Manager for the merged Whitehaven Group. From 2005 to 2010, he managed the IPO of Sedgman Limited, and spent almost five years as the Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for the company’s finance, commercial, legal, company secretarial and investor relations functions.
His earlier career included time as an auditor with KPMG, senior finance roles with BHP Coal and four years with Linklaters in London, a law firm where he held roles in M&A, finance, restructuring and systems implementation.
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
The Digital Homestead
With the anticipated roll out of high-speed broadband services to remote northern Australia communities, the Digital Homestead project aims to demonstrate and evaluate application of modern information communication technologies, data analytics and web based rural connectivity to enable better decision making on farms, leading to improved productivity and profitability.
The Digital Homestead project has focused on the northern beef industry with more than 15,000 producers and 15 million herds of cattle. Using the Digital Homestead dashboard, farm managers can see real-time statistics of their property and livestock at a glance, they can know where cattle are, explore trends in cattle weight, see how much water is in tanks and browse climate variables from on-farm sensors.
Initial phases of commercialisation of the Digital Homestead will focus on:
- hardening of the software to commercial grade
- data collection and aggregation of on-farm sensor data
- incorporating external data sources (market, weather, etc.)
- integration of existing commercial sensors
- establishing an on-farm technology deployment model.
Professor Ian Atkinson
Professor Ian Atkinson’s PhD studies were in chemical physics, but nearly 20 years ago moved from experimental science into computational chemistry and high-performance computing. Over the past decade the rapid expansion of the nternet, mass data storage and computing has impacted every area of research and academic activity.
As Director of the JCU eResearch Centre, he has the privilege of working with researchers to apply new and ever-changing ICT tools and methods to their research and amplifying their impacts. He has a long-standing interest in eResearch methods, tools, scientific data management and user interfaces for HPC tools. He is also actively involved in researching how new systems and software connect the physical and virtual worlds, particularly focusing on environmental monitoring with sensor networks.
Dr Ed Charmley
Dr Ed Charmley is a research leader with CSIRO Agriculture based in Townsville. He comes from a farming background in the UK and worked as a research scientist in Canada before moving to northern Australia where he has focused on beef production in extensive, sub-tropical rangelands and savannahs.
His current research activities lie in the use of technology to record hard to measure animal and environmental variables in the field, and understanding livestock methane emissions from extensive grazing systems. New digital technologies are beginning to be employed to improve profitability and sustainability under these conditions. However, a lack of digital infrastructure and an aging producer base present real challenges to adoption. Ed’s work focusses on matching the technology to the needs of the industry through a participatory research approach.