North Queensland will entice South East Queenslanders to make the move at the inaugural Regional Queensland Showcase from 12-13 June.
The Department of State Development Director-General David Edwards said the event would bring Queensland’s seven regional areas together to show Brisbane residents and businesses the many opportunities that exist in the regions.
“The two-day program will give attendees the opportunity to engage with regional representatives and exhibitors, while learning first-hand how regional Queensland is a great place to live, work, learn and invest,” Mr Edwards says.
“The Regional Queensland Showcase puts our regions at the forefront in our effort to deliver jobs, drive economic development and build strong and resilient communities.”
Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill says the showcase was an ideal forum to market the region’s attractions, potential for investment, and lifestyle in North Queensland.
“Few areas of Australia can offer the mix of economic opportunity and lifestyle as the Townsville region and we want to send a strong message to potential investors that we’re open for business,” Cr Hill says.
“The regional showcase is a great way for us to join with our neighbouring councils to market our region first hand with influential organisations and companies from around Australia.
“As well as highlighting the significant opportunities for business and industry, we want to showcase how great it is to live, work and enjoy community life in our city.
“We are at the forefront of education, research, health and industry in the North, we have the largest port outside of any capital city and that presents a lot of opportunities to investors.”
Charters Towers Mayor Cr Frank Beveridge says regional Queensland is still a well-kept secret to some city dwellers.
“We know that the Regional Queensland Showcase will give us an opportunity to sell our regions and allow some Queenslanders to upgrade their lifestyle,” says Cr Beveridge.
“We commend the government on supporting this worthwhile initiative.”
Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham will launch the event at the Building Our Regions Lunch with Australia Pacific LNG’s CEO Page Maxson, Regional Australia Institute’s CEO Su McCluskey and JESI Co-Founder and Director Joe Hoolahan on 12 June.
Following the lunch, a program of investment themed seminars will be delivered by regional Queenslanders with vast knowledge of their area and opportunities within it.
Free to the public, Saturday 13 June David Edwards says exhibitors are pulling out all stops to showcase the best of what each region has to offer.
“With less than three weeks to go, all seven regional exhibitors have been sharing innovative plans for displays allowing them to showcase the best of their region,” Mr Edwards says.
“A team of North Queensland representatives will also be at the available at the exhibit to offer region specific information and answer questions.”
There will be musical performances by Rockhampton-based duo Busby Marou, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Alastair McLeod, special appearances by rugby league legends Shane Webcke and Darren Lockyer and poetry, written exclusively for the Showcase by Queenslander Rupert McCall.
The Showcase itself will feature large displays dedicated to each of Queensland’s regions, two large entertainment stages, exhibitor booths for private businesses and a full program of activities.
A collaboration between the Queensland Government, regional councils, economic development organisations and the private sector, this event is set to be a highlight of the state’s calendar.
For more information regarding the Regional Queensland Showcase visit www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/showcase