Forum to help local businesses tap into major contracts

BUSINESSES stand to benefit from receiving the latest information on future contract and supply opportunities for major projects at the inaugural Ipswich Regional Projects Forum.

Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning director-general David Edwards said tomorrow's forum would assist local businesses to gain the maximum benefit from major projects.

"The forum will be a chance for local businesses to hear about real opportunities for securing work contracts, meet major project proponents, and learn more about how to successfully bid for work," Mr Edwards said.

"The forum delivers on the government's promise to grow the economy and provide job opportunities for Queenslanders.

"Attendees will hear presentations from four local councils, as well as Commonwealth Games procurement, the RAAF Amberley Airbase, Springfield Health Precinct and the significant Ripley Valley project.

"The Ipswich, Lockyer, Scenic Rim and Somerset areas make up one of the fastest growing regions in Queensland with Ipswich alone projected to grow by 4.6% by 2036.

"To cater for the region's growing population, major residential developments already under way include Ripley Valley, Springfield Lakes and Springfield Town Centre, and Augustine Heights.

"The area is also fast becoming the next major transport and logistics hub in South-East Queensland, attracting the latest burst of interstate and overseas transport and logistics operators."

Mr Edwards said the forum was one of the ways his department was helping local business tap into the wealth of opportunities available in the area.

For information call 34322400.

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