TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2021
New event shares robotics, automation and AI learnings
Welcome to this week's E-News bulletin! The way we do businesses has changed in recent times and we have all been forced to embrace the changes and move forward. AI, automation and robotics are no different. But the best part about adopting these new technologies is that there are dedicated organisations to help your business. One of those is ARM Hub, which brings together the best scientists, technical specialists, designers and engineers to identify commercial robotic solutions. Together with AusIndustry, Resource Industry Network is excited to be hosting the Robotics, AI and Automation Learning Event next week and we encourage our members and the wider METS community to attend and learn how to grow your business in this area. Until next week!
PLEASE NOTE: Our final e-News of 2021 will be distributed on December 13.
INSIDE TODAY'S E-NEWS:
- December Twilight Drinks
- Robotics, AI and automation event
- QRC economic data released
- Mackay Manufacturers Breakfast
- QLD Resources Industry Plan
- A word from NQBP
- RIN represents region & sector
- Hydrogen Industry Briefing overview
- Share the RIN membership flyer
- Important MSIC dates
- RIN Christmas food hampers
- Supply chain opportunities in defence
- 2022 RIN events calendar
OFFICE CLOSURE: Please note the RIN office will be closed this Friday, December 3rd
December Twilight Networking Drinks this Thursday!
Don't forget to bring your food/monetary donations for our Christmas hamper!
There's only a couple of days remaining to register for this Thursday's December Twilight Networking Drinks being held at the Resources Centre of Excellence. We invite you to join us for an evening of informal networking, which will feature a wrap up by departing chair David Hartigan, a delicious spread of hot and cold food, refreshing drinks, and in keeping with tradition, board director Tim Magoffin will be conducting his annual Stakeholder Report competition. We will also be drawing the final winner of the Southern Cross Austereo advertising voucher for 2021 and look forward to seeing new and old faces from the local business and METS community. Registrations closing tomorrow (1/12/21) at 5pm.
When: Thursday, December 2nd
Where: Resources Centre of Excellence
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Exclusive Member Tickets: Members $40pp
Non-members Tickets: $65pp
This event is proudly sponsored by North Queensland Bulk Ports.
NEW EVENT ALERT! Learn how robotics, AI & automation can grow your business
RIN partners with AusIndustry & ARM Hub for learning event
Resource Industry Network continues to provide opportunities to develop and grow the sector and our latest event is no exception. Join us for this exciting business transformation workshop and learn how robotics, AI and automation can grow your business through reimagined operations and technical capabilities. The free workshop is aimed at mature manufacturing firms who have the management capability and financial capacity to make changes to their business. It will be facilitated by the ARM Hub, which draws together the best scientists, technical specialists, designers and engineers to identify commercial robotic solutions. Participants will gain valuable insights into innovative ways to change business operations through robotics, AI and automation. It will include case studies from metal fabrication and agriculture sectors and will outline the challenge, technology, application/approach and outcomes. It will also include a summary of the technologies applied and a Q&A session.
When: Thursday, December 9th
Where: Resources Centre of Excellence
Time: 7am (for 7:30am start) - 9am
RIN has partnered with AusIndustry and ARM Hub to bring this free workshop to Mackay.
Mackay the resource sector's regional powerhouse
Region well-positioned to offer solutions to low emission economy
The METS and resources sectors are the key to unlocking solutions that address carbon emission targets and the latest economic data from the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) reinforces our position to positively contribute to a low emission economy, according to Resource Industry Network (RIN).
RIN general manager Dean Kirkwood says the data released by the QRC yesterday demonstrates the huge importance of the resources industry to the regional and state economies.
“The sheer size of the numbers represented in this data is proof that our sector is best positioned to lead the charge on reducing carbon footprints and rising to the challenge of climate change issues.
“As a major anchor to the resources industry, the METS sector is one of our best nurseries of new technologies, practices and innovations to address climate change. The breadth of technical and business knowledge in our sector is phenomenal and is highly sought after from international markets.
“Our METS businesses in particular have demonstrated their commitment to being part of the solution and you don’t have to look too far to find an innovative product or service that features low emission technology and production efficiencies,” Mr Kirkwood said.
The QRC economic contribution data shows that the resources sector supports the jobs of almost 82,500 people in the Mackay region. More than 17,300 of these are direct, full-time resources jobs, which is an increase of 10% on the last financial year.
Mackay Manufacturers Breakfast
Mackay Manufacturing Hub invites manufacturers to free event
The Mackay Manufacturing Hub is hosting a free breakfast for local manufacturing companies interested in providing input into the 2022 hub program, the opportunity to network with other manufacturers, and learning more about the Manufacturing Hub delivery model and grants program. Guest speaker will be Gil Harkness, project manager with the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water. Gil will deliver an overview of LEAN principals and concepts and also explore the importance of Industry 5.0 and its relationship to manufacturing. With more than 30 years’ experience as a qualified manufacturing engineering manager, Gil works with regional manufacturers to help them increase productivity and reduce their costs.
When: Tuesday, December 7th
Where: Resources Centre of Excellence
Time: 7am - 10am
Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan
Have your say on the draft plan today
A 30-year plan for Queensland’s resources industry proposes to fast-track new economy minerals production and processing, trigger new regional industries, and cut red tape to drive new projects and jobs. The State Government released the draft Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan last week outlining measures to transform the state’s resources sector by 2050. Resources Minister Scott Stewart said Queensland had the resources below the ground that the world needed to build clean energy systems, combined with the renewable energy above the ground. The draft plan proposes a suite of measures to drive new economy mineral development:
- development of a Queensland Battery Industry Strategy
- making abandoned mineral mines commercial operations again
- investigating potential rent deferral for new economy minerals projects
- more international marketing of potential new economy mineral projects to investors.
- continuing the government’s successful Collaborative Exploration Initiative to help explorers find more potential deposits.
The draft plan is open for consultation until February 2022 with the final plan due for release in mid-2022.
NQBP - your partner in sustainable trade
A word from our December Drinks event sponsors
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) is a government owned corporation responsible for the ports of Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point and Weipa.
Their role is to facilitate safe and efficient trade on behalf of the people of Queensland, while balancing the needs of iconic natural environment, communities, stakeholders and Port users.
NQBP's main trades of steel-making coal, electricity-making coal, fuel, sugar, grain and bauxite support around 22,400 jobs in the mining, agriculture and transport sectors, and deliver an economic contribution valued at more than $23 billion.
In fulfilling its role and as a government-owned port authority, NQBP is proud to have done its part to help regional Queensland recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
NQBP brought forward job-creating infrastructure investments which saw $27.6 million in repairs, upgrades and maintenance across their four ports.
The Port of Mackay is one of the major servicing centres for the Central Queensland mining and agricultural industries. The port operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and extends more than 800 hectares of land and water. It’s importance as an essential gateway linking Central Queensland to the world only continues to grow.
One Industries was established in 2013 with the aim of being a market leader in the materials handling market. The company's focus is bringing high quality products to the market to meet and satisfy their customer's requirements. They aim to reduce costs by increasing service life and reductions in initial purchase price of material handling components. To achieve this, ONE Industries improves designs and engineers solutions to reduce the lifecycle costs and improve the performance of customer's material handling assets. Welcome to RIN!
Resource Industry Network waving the flag for Mackay & the sector last week
Resource Industry Network GM Dean Kirkwood attended last week's Queensland Resources Council
‘State of the Sector’ Forum and Annual Lunch in Brisbane along with board director and Mackay Regional Council Economic Development & Tourism Manager Teona Cousin, and Resources Centre of Excellence
GM Steven Boxall. The ‘State of the Sector’ forum brings together Queensland resources sector leaders for an interactive forum with this year's theme being ESG (environmental social governance) - why the resources sector is a leader and why it needs to speak up. Dean and Teona also had the opportunity to catch up with representatives from the Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) to discuss industry group pinch points, workforce skills, export hubs, and our collective ability to gain the attention of governments. A big thanks to Bruce McConnel and Justin Heaven from TSBE for their time and we look forward to connecting again soon.
Mackay businesses turn out in force for hydrogen industry information
Last week, we welcomed more than 70 delegates to RIN's Hydrogen Cluster Meeting featuring guest speaker Renata Berglas from Hydrogen Queensland, Stephen Cutting from Aurecon, and Kellie Charlesworth from ARUP. It was a fantastic turn out that included many Resource Industry Network member companies looking to learn more about this emerging industry. The briefing was an opportunity for our sector to learn about how hydrogen is manufactured and the energy required to do so, as well as the different types of hydrogen - GREEN (pure clean hydrogen) and BLUE (not clean). Delegates also took away an understanding of the skills and infrastructure required to develop the hydrogen industry, as well as where the opportunities may lie for our region. The capabilities of our sector have many synergies with the development of the hydrogen industry and we thank everyone for attending and their willingness to better understand this emerging industry. For more information, RIN members can contact our general manager Dean Kirkwood - email@example.com
Important information regarding Maritime Security Identification Cards
FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH THESE IMPORTANT DATES
Resource Industry Network will be closing for the Christmas period at 12pm on Friday, December 17, 2021 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. We will resume taking MSIC appointments from Tuesday, January 4 onwards. As we are an agent on behalf of the Port of Brisbane, from now until we close our offices close on December 17, we cannot guarantee MSICs will arrive due to the strict security checking process. However, we are still taking MSIC appointments right up until Thursday, December 16. As a reminder, please click HERE to access the full list of MSIC requirements, and call MSIC officer Steph today on (07) 4952 4184.
Please donate to our Christmas food drive and help local families who are doing it tough
Resource Industry Network is now collecting non perishable food and essential items to help needy families in our region this Christmas. We are calling on our members and other businesses to contribute items or make a monetary donation so we can purchase items to add to the hampers. We will also be accepting donations at our upcoming December Twilight Networking Drinks so please remember to bring an item/s with you if you plan on attending that event. During December, we will be delivering all donations to The Neighbourhood Hub in George Street who are coordinating a number of community agencies to help reach those in need this Christmas. We know our members are a generous bunch so next time you're in Paget, please drop out to 65 Crichtons Road and donate what you can. Donations will be accepted up until December 8.
SUGGESTED ITEMS INCLUDE: Christmas treats (kids snacks, lollies, fruit cake, long life custard), breakfast foods (long life milk, cereal, spreads, coffee, tea milo), tinned foods (tuna, corned beef, baked beans, spaghetti, soups, peas, corn, peaches), baked goods (cake mix, sugar, biscuits, flour), cooking goods (pasta, rice, pasta sauce, gravy), non-alcoholic drinks (juice, soft drink) Christmas decorations (bonbons, napkins, tinsel), and toiletry items (sanitary items, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap).
GRANTS, EVENTS, PROGRAMS & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Supply chain opportunities - Defence Projects
The Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning invites you to hear about supply chain opportunities on defence projects in regional Queensland. This event will provide you with information and updates on current projects and future defence sector tendering opportunities in regional Queensland. Presenters include:
• CPB Contractors
• Downer Defence
• Laing O’Rourke
The event will be held on December 1st at Harrup Park Country Club from 7-9am and will also provide a networking opportunity for attendees. Cost is $50pp and includes breakfast.
Industry Capability Network (ICN) is also delivering a FREE Defence Business 101 workshop in Mackay on December 1st (after the breakfast), which will assist local businesses gain an understanding of the defence landscape of how to access defence supply chain opportunities. Tickets limited to one per Queensland company.
How digital savvy is your business?
Is your business ready to thrive, succeed and go digital? The Australian Government has developed the first version of the Digital Readiness Assessment Tool to help you better understand how digitally prepared your business is. The Digital Readiness Assessment Tool was developed to help identify what your business is doing well and where your business can improve when it comes to digital maturity.
You can measure your digital maturity and readiness against the 7 key pillars of digital transformation:
- Customer – how you interact with your customers and the digital channels you use.
- Operations – what systems and administrative technology you use.
- Data and analytics – how you collect and use data for decision making.
- Technology – what hardware, software, devices and platforms you use.
- Risk, privacy and cybersecurity – how you keep data safe and what policies and procedures you have in place.
- Digital capability and culture – what digital skills you and your team have.
- Digital strategy and innovation – your planning, investment and involvement in technology.
Respect at Work legislative amendments
If you employ people, it’s important you understand the Respect at Work legislative amendments. On 10 September 2021, the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Act 2021 (Respect at Work amendments) took effect. The changes to the Fair Work Act aim to protect and empower workers to address sexual harassment in the workplace and include miscarriage as a reason to access compassionate leave. For a summary of the changes, click below.
Resource Industry Network
65 Crichtons Road, Paget, Mackay, QLD, 4740
Phone: 07 4952 4184
Resource Industry Network is a member-based industry association representing the companies actively engaged in the resource sector. We actively advocate on matters important to ensuring sustainability of the sector, and strive to connect, develop, and promote our members.
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