- 14 June 2018
Queanbeyan Connect was held again last night, with about 30 people coming along to listen to a special guest speaker. Local businesses came out in force to hear from Dean Lynch, from Snowy Hydro, about how they can become involved in Snowy 2.0, the largest energy storage project in the southern hemisphere.
Dean initially provided a brief overview of the scheme, explaining that the plans for this next stage were developed back when Snowy Hydro was first planned in the 1950s. Dean emphasised their goal to use as much local labour as possible and encouraged businesses to register their interest on their new online portal, due to be launched in the next few days. Dean also explained the use of large ‘camping sites’ to house the influx of workers.
During question time, one business expressed concern about local skills shortages and asked how Snowy Hydro were tackling the skills shortage present in the region, particularly in the engineering space. Dean acknowledged this issue, highlighting the importance of working with TAFE NSW and utilising skilled workers far and wide, including from overseas.
There was significant excitement in the room, with businesses looking forward to seeing the impact that Snowy 2.0 would have on local economies.
Following this discussion with Dean Lynch, businesses were encouraged to stay on for the networking part of the evening. A number of ‘pitches’ were also made from local businesses and local government representatives. Martin Darcy from Quenabeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) asked businesses to participate in two surveys that would feed into the region’s Retail Growth Strategy, whilst Heidi from Department of Premier & Cabinet spoke about her goal to create a borderless region with the ACT and Queanbeyan. Laura, from QPRC, encouraged businesses to “think outside the box” after Raymond, from Capital Document Storage, approached her with an innovative idea for Queanbeyan’s Multicultural Festival. Raymond provided over 200 cardboard boxes for children to paint and build the ultimate box fort; fun for the kids and great marketing for Raymond’s business.
Brent, from Riverbank Café, asked businesses to help promote Queanbeyan, especially during the busy ski season, and to take advantage of the reach and access of social media to do so.
Finally, Rick Reeks, from CBC Home Loans, provided some advice and tips for businesses as the financial year draws to a close, including the $20,000 asset write-off scheme.
The next Queanbeyan Connect will be held on the 11th July 2018 from 5.30pm at Riverbank Café.
Queanbeyan Connect is proudly supported by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, Regional Development Australia Southern Inland, AusIndustry, Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre and Department of Premier and Cabinet.