Queensland Economic Development Forum

Queensland Economic Development Forum

Jul 10
This event was a success and well received by the audience.


The Hon. Jeff Seeney MP, Deputy Premier of Queensland and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
Brian Haratsis, Chairman and Managing Director, MacroPlan Dimasi
Su McCluskey, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Australia Institute
Cr. Gail Sellers, Mayor, Gladstone Regional Council

Event overview

CEDA's annual Queensland Economic Development Forum (QEDF) provides insights from the State's key sectors.

Leading speakers from business, government and industry will consider:

  • The current economic position and forecasts for Queensland;
  • The contribution of strong regions to the State's economy;
  • Our productivity and competitiveness across sectors and regions;
  • Emerging industries contributing to Queensland's future wealth; and
  • Factors critical to driving growth in Queensland, across our regions.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning the Hon. Jeff Seeney MP will provide the 2014 QEDF keynote lunch address.

QEDF morning session speakers present their expertise and their views before, as a cross sector panel, considering new approaches and taking your questions

Supported by CEDA members major sponsors Aurizon and Queensland Airports Limited and supporting sponsors Bank of Queensland, CBP Lawyers and Santos GLNG Project.

Meet the speakers

The Hon. Jeff Seeney MP
Deputy Premier of Queensland and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning

Jeff Seeney has been a Member of Parliament since 1998. He is committed to decentralisation and ensuring regional Queensland shares in the state's economic growth.  Prior to his appointment as Deputy Premier Jeff had held Shadow Minister portfolios in Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Police and Corrective Services, Treasury, State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, and Reconstruction.

Brian Haratsis
Chairman and Managing Director, MacroPlan Dimasi

Brian is an economist and future strategist with over 30 years' experience as an advisor to governments and major corporate clients throughout Australia. Brian's focus is economic forecasting, private sector property involvement, understanding communities, tourism and social trends.

Su McCluskey
Chief Executive Officer, Regional Australia Institute

With expertise in rural policy development, best practice regulation and governance, Su's past positions include: Council of Rural Research and Development Corporation CEO; Consultant Specialist Advisor to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources; and senior roles with the Business Council of Australia, the National Farmers' Federation and the ATO.

Cr. Gail Sellers
Mayor, Gladstone Regional Council

Gail Sellers was first elected to Council in 1988 and has served as Mayor since 2010. With major gas projects and expanding agribusiness and tourism sectors, Gladstone is one of the State's strong growth regions. As Mayor, Gail sees social impacts, infrastructure and service demands and further potential for regional economic development.

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