The MIW METS Export Hub was established in 2019 as a result of funding from the Australian Government, Queensland Government, and the Local Buying Foundation, and is tasked with identifying, establishing and driving opportunities in the export space for businesses in the MIW region.



New Export Hub administrator appointed

The MIW SME METS Export Hub, as part of Resource Industry Network, has welcomed Leanis Yepes as the new part-time Export Hub administrator. Lea will be responsible for coordinating projects, identifying existing and potential export businesses, assisting in the development of international market analysis, coordinating export specific training and market intelligence, and helping promote the MIW METS brand as innovative, responsible and globally competitive.

Lea holds a Bachelor of International Business and has previously worked as an export coordinator for ALICO S.A. in Colombia, as well as Coltrans S.A.S. International Freight Forwarder.

Lea Yepes



Looking to improve your prospects in the export world? The MIW METS Export Hub is conducting an Export Ready Course for businesses in the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region. The course operates throughout the year at various times and is delivered in four ways.

1. Export Council of Australia’s Growing a Global Business On-Line Course: This course will cover everything you need to know in order to successfully take your business global.
2. Mentoring provided by experienced Export Council of Australia course presenter:  This experienced presenter will relate the online information back to local examples. In this case, Australian METS businesses exporting to the world. The presenter will also use this time with participants to build an export business plan. 
3. Export Council of Australia’s handbook: This is an invaluable tool for any business that is looking to export, or is currently exporting, and will be a good back-up tool for participants while completing the online course. 
4. Promoting your Business in the Digital Age workshop: A vital part of the face-to-face Export Ready Course is developing and delivering your business pitch.  The business landscape has changed dramatically in the past few months but businesses still have to find a way of creating awareness of their products and turning that into sales. We have engaged leading presenter Andrew Klein to deliver the workshops. 

COST: $220 including GST per participant (normally $2200)

(The course is limited to 10 participants so register your interest today)

This course is available thanks to funding assistance from the Local Buying Foundation. 

For more information, please contact MIW METS Export Hub Manager Dean Kirkwood at or by calling 0447 399 402.



International In Market Study Launch

Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at the Resources Centre of Excellence

Why now is the right time to consider export as a business diversification strategy

Are you currently on the export journey or thinking about exporting? Join us for the launch of the results of the International In Market Study on Thursday, May 6th and learn how it pertains to the overall MIW METS SME Export Hub Regional Export Marketing Strategy.


Sponsored by METS Ignited, we will be talking to participants about the strategy and how it will assist in getting businesses to a position where they are successfully exporting from the region.

The International In Market Study outlines the need to diversify your business and why now is the right time to consider export as a means to doing this. The study also:

  • Identified key markets that align with the regions strengths;
  • Surveyed key players from each of the markets to identify the types of products and services they require; and
  • ​Outlined the best entry strategies for these markets.

Guest speakers will include CRU Consulting Sydney Managing Consultant Alex Tonks and Senior Consultant Harry Fisher. They will provide an overview of the findings and how the region can build a thriving METS export sector with a worldwide reputation for excellence.

Please don't miss this opportunity to hear first hand about the export strategy and ask questions to help your business move forward in this space. 


What: International In Market Study Launch
When: Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Where: Resources Centre of Excellence
Address: 65 Crichtons Road, Paget, QLD, 4740
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cost: FREE

Coupled with the MIW METS Capability Analysis and Supply Chain Mapping report, we continue to build a Regional Export Marketing Strategy that will provide a roadmap for the future of METS export in the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region. For more information about the the MIW SME Export Hub, contact Dean Kirkwood HERE.

This event is sponsored by:


The MIW METS Export Hub, in conjunction with the Resource Industry Network, is conducting a comprehensive survey of all METS businesses in our region. The purpose of this survey is to understand the implications of the whole of the supply chain to support the development of an export hub for our industry sector.

Your input is fundamental to the success of this project and we ask that you complete this short survey to enable the collection of essential data to assist with this project.

The confidential survey will take less than 15 minutes of your time and will make a significant contribution to our industry development. For more information, please contact MIW METS Export Hub Manager Dean Kirkwood at or by calling 0447 399 402.








MIW METS Export Hub, in partnership with Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) and Mackay Regional Council (MRC), has engaged the Export Council of Australia to deliver the Export Ready Program for businesses within the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions.

Training will be provided on a range of topics and will be presented by a team of leading international trade specialists.

By the end of the program, businesses will have completed a Market Entry Plan, engaged with real-life case study businesses, gained access to on-line resources and consulted with experts within their field.

Who is the Export Ready Program for?

  • MIW SMEs wanting to export, are currently exporting, or successfully exporting and would like to enter a new market and/or build their export business.
  • Queensland-based businesses located within the Mackay, Isaac or Whitsunday local government areas are eligible to participate in the program.

What does the Export Ready Program include?

  • 4 x 4-hour workshops delivered over 4 consecutive weeks.
  • Each module includes 4 hours of content followed by half an hour of question time.
  • Each week there will be an expert presenter who is a specialist within their field.
  • The presenter, where possible, will be accompanied by a local business case study who can share real life experiences.

When will the Export Ready Program run?

  • 12:30pm to 5pm on a weekly basis.
  • From 17 February 2020 until the 9 March 2020.

How much will the Program cost?

  • This program usually costs $1834 per participant. TIQ and MRC are subsidising the training, resulting in a reduced price of $220 (inc GST) per person.
  • Each business can nominate two people to participate in the program, however, a position can be delegated to another staff member should a nominated person be unable to attend.

When do I have to register?                               

  • Places are limited to 15 people and registrations are required on or before Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

How do I to register?

Program Facilitator – Export Council of Australia (ECA).





The development of the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday Mining Equipment Technical Services (METS) Export Hub will move forward after securing $353k grant funding from the Australian Government for the establishment of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs.


The SME Export Hub funding from the Australian Government provided grants from $150,000 to $1.5 million to help establish and/or operate Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs in the six Australian Government Growth Centre sectors. The export hubs will work with the Australian Government Growth Centres to facilitate SME export opportunities.

The Local Buying Foundation and Queensland Government have also provided the matched funding of $353k funding with a total investment of $706,840 for a two-stage project development over the next three years.

The application for funding was lodged through the Resource Industry Network International Trade Committee, made up of Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3), Resources Industry Network (RIN), Regional Development Australia Mackay Issac Whitsunday (RDA MIW), Trade and Investment Queensland and Mackay Regional Council.

Stage 1 of the project is a regional export and international target market analysis. The analysis will incorporate SME participant identification and capability mapping. The analysis will inform the development of an export strategy for the MIW METS sector.

Stage 2 will be the engagement of a MIW METS Export Hub manager that will drive the implementation of the export strategy and provide professional support and direction to the METS Export Hub participants. A qualified consultant will then be engaged to undertake the market analysis and mapping as well as develop the export strategy. During this stage (6 to 9 months) recruitment for a MIW SME export manager will take place.

RIN General Manager Adrienne Rourke said the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Region has had an informal METS and advanced manufacturing export-focused consortia since 2003 through the Resource Industry Network International Trade Committee. The Committee intends to leverage the funding and establish a more formal export hub with a dedicated resource to drive the delivery of export focused opportunities.

“MIW METS Export Hub will be incorporated into the new MIW Resources Centre of Excellence that has secured funding from the Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council,” Ms Rourke said.

“The innovation, training and development facility is currently in the final detailed design process and looking to commence construction in 2019. The facility will be managed by Resource Industry Network and the SME Export Manager would be a critical function of the Resources Centre of Excellence.”

Member for Dawson George Christensen welcomed the investment into the region’s leading METS sector.

“This is a fantastic boost for our world-class Mining Equipment Technology and Services sector and it will not only increase our opportunities for export, it will create jobs into the future for our region,” Mr Christensen said.

“I congratulate all those involved in this export hub for their vision and hard work to put us on the map as leaders in this field.”

The export hub will be based in Mackay, but will service opportunities across the entire Bowen, Galilee and Surat Basin resources sectors.

The aims of establishing and MIW METS SME Export Hub include:

  • Development and implementation of a targeted export strategy for the MIW METS Sector
  • Dedicated resource to foster and drive export focused activities
  • Acceleration and commercialisation of export pathways
  • Identification of a wider ecosystem of potential participants
  • Greater access to export specific training, market intelligence and financial support
  • Establish the MIW METS brand as innovative, responsive and globally competitive
  • Current and future international market analysis
  • Better informed, educated and trained METS SME stakeholders in the export function and markets
  • Establish the MIW METS sector as a centre for world’s best practice in global resource supply chains


RIN has welcomed the newly-appointed Mackay Isaac Whitsunday (MIW) METS Export Hub Manager Dean Kirkwood. Dean has a strong background in the resources sector and is well known among the industry here in the Mackay region. The MIW METS Export Hub has been created as a result of Federal and State funding and will identify, establish and drive opportunities in the export space for businesses in this region. Dean is looking forward to carrying out the exciting new role and assisting the region’s METS sector businesses find success in the export sphere.