Touring the region are (from left) Steve Sullivan, Nuse Lack-Ersoz, Dr Stefan Lampel, Dr Veronika Jablonowski, Dr Nagaraj Gopisetty, James Joyce, Prof Bernadette McCabe and Durell Hammond.
Touring the region are (from left) Steve Sullivan, Nuse Lack-Ersoz, Dr Stefan Lampel, Dr Veronika Jablonowski, Dr Nagaraj Gopisetty, James Joyce, Prof Bernadette McCabe and Durell Hammond.

Industry leaders tour Toowoomba for sector insights

KEY industry stakeholders have toured the Toowoomba region with a view of enhancing collaborative opportunities in bioenergy projects.

Delegates, hosted by Life Sciences Queensland, toured Pyrocal CCT Gasification System and Oakey Beef Exports on Monday as part of Bio Innovation Week.

LSQ deputy CEO Nagaraj Gopisetty said Toowoomba’s diverse economy and the region’s businesses’ uptake in innovative clean energy production and systems put it in a unique position to promote collaboration, both nationally and internationally.

“Toowoomba is becoming an emerging regional exporter hub in the state, and it’s partly because of the initiatives over a number of years, from the state, the council and also primary industry stakeholders – its small and medium enterprises – who have been instrumental in putting Toowoomba’s economic growth in front,” Dr Gopisetty said.

“Out of that, particularly sectors (such as) the advanced manufacturing sector, the agricultural sector, the food manufacturing sector and the mining sector, is the emerging knowledge base which is pretty strong.

“Every region is trying to become stronger and are diversifying their strengths but Toowoomba is much more advanced and integrated.”

The group this week toured Oakey Beef Exports with a focus on its biogas project onsite which recycles captured methane and by-product gases.

Dr Gopisetty said there was an increasing number of businesses across all sectors that were adopting cleaner, greener practices with a view of becoming more cost effective and environmentally friendly.

“I think more industries are becoming aware of that and are taking the initiative,” he said.

He said the visit to Toowoomba provided a platform for change-makers from across the globe to share strategic advice, and rally for vital developments and innovation opportunities within the fast-growing region.

“With a growing agriculture insutry worth more than $650 million in 2015-16, Toowoomba has transformed its agricultural base into a strong and diverse economy, providing numerous opportunities to explore how biotechnology can play a part in ensuring its ecological sustainability,” Dr Gopisetty said.

The tour also promoted and sought to recognise initiatives by different companies in the region while seeking out new opportunities to collaborate and share best practice methods.

“There’s a lot of success stories but the businesses just get on with the work,” Dr Gopisetty said.

He urged anyone interested in finding out more information should see lsq.com.au.



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