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The free-to-attend seminar series program has been released for the upcoming Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME), to be held in July 2024.

QME brings together thought leaders from across the sector to equip, energise and inform the industry on critical issues.

The sold-out 2024 event is shaping up to be a key moment for industry, made even more significant with the release of the speaking program.

The 2024 QME Seminar Series, sponsored by Komatsu, features keynotes and panel sessions addressing pressing topics and offering real-time solutions. The 2024 series looks at topics including the future of mining, diversification, critical minerals, smart mining technology, clean energy, occupational health and safety and an investment outlook.

Federal Minister for Resources and Minister for Northern Australia, Madeleine King, will be among the presenters at the conference. Ms King said that the Federal Government had put Queensland’s resources industry at the heart of its plans for a future made in Australia.

“Building the industries of the future will require more mining and this government is working to ensure industry is well placed to do just that.

“To get to net zero we will need more minerals to build renewable technologies to reduce emissions. The road to net zero runs through Queensland’s resources sector.”

Mineral Council of Australia Chief Economist, Dr Ross Lambie, will speak on reimagining the mining landscape to exploit new opportunities through transformation. Dr Lambie emphasises that the industry’s future as a global supplier requires Australia having a comparative advantage in mining and minerals processing.

“Productivity enhancing policies and public investment in multi-user infrastructure present a transformative potential for the sector as we now more than ever look to access untapped mineral deposits. The mines of the future won’t be the mines of the past – and moving along the value chain to processing and manufacturing requires a more sophisticated approach by industry and governments.”

The University of Queensland’s Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute, Professor Rick Valenta, said that he recognises that many attendees are coming from parts of the industry that are being put to the test by the rapid move to cleaner technology. With his industry experience, Professor Valenta will discuss igniting mining innovation to pave the way for future exploration.

“The raw materials that are needed for the transition to clean energy must be mined – but we have data-driven insights that can help us to be smarter about how we extract minerals. The geological data on hand today is incredibly rich, and ground-breaking research can help the sector move forward, from right here in Queensland to across the globe.”

Austmine’s CEO, Christine Gibbs Stewart, will focus her presentation specifically on the METS sector. Ms Stewart said that QME’s exhibition areas are a fantastic way for METS companies to gain exposure to the advanced technology available on the market. In her keynote, Ms Stewart will look at fostering innovation and skills in the mining and METs sector.

Other speakers at the Seminar Series include:

  • Queensland Minister for Resources and Critical Minerals, Scott Stewart
  • Queensland Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dale Last
  • Department of Resources’ Director-General, Warwick Agnew
  • Queensland Resources Council’s CEO, Janette Hewson
  • Whitehaven Coal’s Managing Director, Paul Flynn
  • Australian Resources and Energy’s Deputy Chief Executive, Tara Diamond
  • Allegro Energy’s CEO, Dr Thomas Nann
  • Akaysha Energy’s Managing Director, Development & Delivery, Tony Fullelove
  • North Star Energy’s CEO, Matt Cooper
  • Sentis’ CEO, Anthony Gibbs
  • Critical Minerals Group’s Managing Director and CEO, Scott Winter

Entry to the 2024 Seminar Series is included in the free registration for QME. These sessions would particularly benefit engineers, management at all levels and site personnel.

QME’s Exhibition and Seminar Series will be held from July 23 – 25 at Mackay Showgrounds. See the full seminar program and register to attend QME at

Mining Magazine is a media partner of the 2024 QME event.

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