2017 Queensland Economic Development Forum


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2017 Queensland Economic Development Forum

Jul 13

CEDA's annual Queensland Economic Development Forum presents leading ideas for whole of state growth, focusing on the development of regional Queensland and strong policy for the future.


Peter Crone, Chief Economist, Coles Group
The Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham, Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
Laurie Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)
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 Public event
 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank, Brisbane, QLD

 Half Day (10.00am to 2.00pm)

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Event overview

In 2017 the Queensland Economic Development Forum examines the changing structure of regional economies and provides a forecast for economic growth across key sectors and key regions.  Leading speakers will:

  • Discuss the investment, policy and reform required to maximise potential across the State;
  • Analyse domestic and global factors and trends with implications for the Queensland economy; and
  • Identify those industries and opportunities we must look to next if we are to have prosperous and connected regions.

Gather your colleagues and join leaders from business, government, academia, community and industry from across the state in Brisbane for CEDA’s 2017 Queensland Economic Development Forum.

The Queensland Economic Development Forum runs from 10am to 2pm. Morning speakers will be followed by Minister Lynham’s keynote address, lunch and a moderated panel discussion with questions.

Meet the speakers and panellists

Cr. Paul Antonio, Mayor
Toowoomba Regional Council

With current and projected investments estimated at over $11 billion, Mayor Antonio leads council at a time of significant growth within the Toowoomba region.  He is the founding Chair of the Darling Downs South West Queensland Council of Mayors and Deputy Chair of the Council of Mayors South East Queensland.



Peter Crone
Chief Economist, Coles Group

As Coles Group’s first ever Chief Economist Peter accesses and manages data that provides forensic detail on the economies of our regions.  Peter analyses and maps consumer spending, trends and behaviour across the country to inform investment, growth and planning decisions of the major retailer.



Andrew Harding
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Aurizon

Appointed in December 2016, Andrew will lead Aurizon’s next phase of its transformation program.  He has previously managed the world’s largest integrated portfolio of iron or assets and held leadership roles with Rio Tinto including as Chief Executive Iron Ore.



Wendy King
President Australia East, ConocoPhillips

As a petroleum engineer and in senior executive exploration and production roles, Wendy led large scale regional project workforces in the United States, United Kingdom and Africa. In 2011, Wendy was seconded to Australia Pacific LNG as Vice President, Commercial.



Peter Lock
Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Bank

As the leader of Australia’s largest mutual bank with significant regional clients, investment interests, and operations Peter has real time insights into the economies of regional Queensland.  Now based in Toowoomba he previously held senior roles in national banks, in insurance and corporate advisory.



The Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham
Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines

Major projects across the state, government investment in key sectors including manufacturing and defence and targeted regional infrastructure programs are being delivered through the portfolios of Minister Lynham to facilitate economic development and improve the liveability of regional communities.



Chris Mills
Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Airports Limited

Chris Mills manages investment, operations and workforces in our regions.  He leads QAL’s work to better connect regional Queensland nationally and globally and brings experience in tourism, leisure, finance and property to his role.



Laurie Walker
Chief Executive Officer, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

Laurie Walker is responsible for the investment of the NAIF’s $5billion – funding that can tilt further investment and development opportunities in Northern Queensland.  She has previously transformed lending processes and systems and worked on the privatisation of Sydney airport.


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