Central Regional Forum (Gladstone)

Start time: 8.30am AEST. This annual event will deliver the theme of ‘Manufacturing for the Region’ with guest speakers from a variety of disciplines.
Central Regional Forum (Gladstone)


The 2021 Central Regional Forum is an annual event combining our regional groups from Gladstone, Bundaberg and Rockhampton regional areas.

This event will deliver the theme of ‘Manufacturing for the Region’ with guest speakers from a variety of disciplines.

The final of the regional forums for 2021, the Central Regional Forum will cover a number of timely topics relevant to the happenings in Central Queensland. Engineers, as well as business executives, public servants and engineering students, are invited to attend.

For any enquiries, please contact the CPD Events and Group Engagement team ([email protected]) to enquire about late registration.

Thank you to our Principal Partner
Department of Transport and Main Roads

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Why attend

  •  Learn from experts and keep up-to-date about the current Central Region challenges
  •  Improve your regional business knowledge
  • Over 7 hours of CPD
  • Expected audience of more than 80 people
  • Network with business owners, managers, consultants, public servants, students and executives across all local industries

Official Forum Opening

Cr Matt Burnett - Mayor of Gladstone
Mayor Burnett will welcome guests to the event and provide an overview of the region.


Forum Program





Guest Arrival and Registration



Welcome & Introduction

EA Gladstone Chair


Welcome to Country

Uncle Richart (EA to confirm)


Opening address re Manufacturing in the Region

Mayor Matt Burnett



Workshop with CQU future skill need for engineers

Ashfaque Chowdhury, MIEAust





Manufacturing Update

Minister Glenn Butcher
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water


Morning Tea & Networking

Student Poster competition from CQU





Rapid Reverse Software and advanced manufacturing

Sam Eborn
Senior Mechanical Engineer
MECHA Mechanical Engineering Solutions



The role of robotics in minimising human intervention at major hazardous facilities

Christopher Jansen
Worley Advisian
Presenting Virtually


Lunch and Networking



Student presentations



Qld Government investment in regional manufacturing

Mick Allen
Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water (Qld Govt)


Advanced Keyhole TIG Welding

Bill Kelly
Director of Market Development


Afternoon tea



Building a Hydrogen Pathway

Steve Quilter, BEng(Mech), MBA
Executive General Manager
Stanwell Corporation Limited


Closing Message and QLD Overview 

Suzanne Burow, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
2021 QLD Division President or EAQ Board member


Forum close


4.15pm - 6.00pm

Networking event


Forum Networking Event

Join us from 4:00pm for drinks and canapes with your colleagues old and new.


Forum Speakers

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Hon Glenn Butcher
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water

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Mick Allen
Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water (Qld Govt)

Mick has a diverse background from policing, urban and regional planning, underground mining, technical and field involvement in civil and environmental engineering, leading to a current career in the Queensland Government, Mick has always had a strong connection to the communities he has served and appreciates that all fields of engineering have a key role in the sustainability and vibrancy of regional Australia.

Presentation: Qld Government investment in regional manufacturing
Development of Regional Manufacturing Hubs in Qld; Highlights since inception in 2019; links to WEF; linking business systems and Industry 4.0; showcasing regional manufacturing capability; what's next for regional Qld manufacturing

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Chris Jansen (presenting virtually)
Senior Advisor – Automation, Worley

Chris Jansen is a Senior Advisor in Worley’s Digital business, where he leads their global robotics program and provides advisory services as Worley’s robotics SME. He is co-inventor of Worley’s award-winning product, CAROL, the world’s first commercial robot for removing catalyst from refinery and petrochemical reactors. Chris has hands-on experience with design, prototyping and delivery of robotics in the ECR industry. He first developed his domain knowledge and project delivery experience as a process engineer at BP. Chris graduated with first class honours from the University of Sydney with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Commerce (Finance).

Presentation: The role of robotics in minimising human intervention at major hazardous facilities
The Energy, Chemicals and Resources industries face intense pressure to reduce costs, reduce the risk to its people, attract new talent, and work in more sustainable ways. Autonomous operations are key to future success. Robotics and drones reduce the dependency on people to work in remote and hazardous environments and they offer a more efficient and sustainable way of working across all phases of an asset’s life. This presentation provides a current and futurist view of extracting maximum value from robotic solutions in operations and maintenance and what we should be considering during the design phase or projects.


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Steve Quilter, BEng(Mech), MBA
Executive General Manager
Stanwell Corporation Limited
Executive General Manager Commercial Strategy and Energy Futures

Mr Quilter was appointed Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy at Stanwell in July 2016. He joined Stanwell in February 2012 as Swanbank Power Station Manager and was appointed General Manager of Stanwell’s gas and hydro generation portfolio in May 2013.

In a career spanning more than 20 years in the energy industry both in Queensland and New South Wales, Mr Quilter has worked in various operational roles including senior engineering and management positions. In this role, he is responsible for the trading of Stanwell’s generation in the National Electricity Market. He also oversees the development of commercial strategies targeted at diversifying revenue streams and creating value from Stanwell’s various fuel resources.

Presentation: Building a Hydrogen Pathway
The challenges of building a renewable hydrogen pathway are not that the technology is new or doesn’t exist yet, but rather that we’ve never tried to join them together at this scale before. Building a renewable hydrogen pathway requires collaboration of corporations and governments initially to stimulate markets, take calculated risks, drive down costs and prove the concept at scale. The first plants will literally be the stepping stones on the pathway to commercialisation of decarbonisation via renewable hydrogen.


Bill Kelly
Director of Market Development

With over 20 years’ experience in the fabrication and welding industry, Bill joined K-TIG in 2016 and is now Director of Market Development. His previous roles include Supervisor, Coordinator, Manager for various Fabrication/Welding companies in Adelaide.

Bill has exceptional knowledge of the K-TIG process, combined with in-field commissioning and installation experience. As such, he is able to identify customer needs and provide valuable, real-world advice. He believes it is important to take clients through an open and honest exploration of their applications and provide constructive feedback, in order to build long-term, value-adding relationships—rather than make a quick sale.

Presentation: Advanced Keyhole TIG Welding
K-TIG is the developer and manufacturer of a patented, high quality, high productivity and repeatable welding technology known as Keyhole TIG. K-TIG is an advanced GTAW technology that reduces multi-hour welds to just minutes whilst retaining the sort after high quality of conventional TIG processes. In addition to speed advantages the K-TIG technology significantly reduces power, gas consumption and labour costs. K-TIG meets the most demanding requirements of the nuclear, aerospace & defence industries.


About the Regional Engineering Forums

The Engineers Australia Queensland Regional Engineering Forums are annual events held in three regional clusters across the state - Southern, Northern and Central.

For more information on the 2021 Regional Forums, please see below.

  Southern Regional Forum 

  Nortern Regional Forum 

  Central Regional Forum  

  Post COVID Disruption

  Wednesday 28 April 2021
  Host location: Sunshine Coast 


  Resilience and Infrastructure 

  Monday 26 July 2021
  Host location: Townsville


  Manufacturing for the Region 

  Friday 22 October 2021
  Host location: Gladstone


22 / 10 / 2021 - 08:30 am to 06:00 pm
Registration Closes
21 / 10 / 2021 12:00 pm
Rydges Gladstone
100 Goondoon Street
Event Registration
  • Member Rate: $150.00 ($136.36 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $120.00 ($109.09 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $180.00 ($163.64 excl. GST)
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
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