About Resource Industry Network
Resource Industry Network represents businesses associated with the engineering and heavy industrial sector. We are located in Mackay, Queensland, the gateway to Australia’s Bowen & Galilee Basin mining regions.
Businesses in our sector assist the region’s 43 operating mines deliver a record production of over 215 million tons in 2015/16. Our diverse range of businesses provide services in project management; engineering and design; maintenance services; and manufacturing, and work with mining houses to deliver innovative cost effective and production efficient solutions. Resource Industry Network is able to introduce international mining operators to specific suppliers in our region.
At Resource Industry Network we:
● CONNECT with the right people with the right levels of influence in the resource sector as well as a valuable member network.
● DEVELOP practical pathways to making your business succeed and assist in developing regional capability.
● PROMOTE a region of excellence in the resource services sector and the innovation and capability of our members and industry.
Mackay’s strategic role as a key hub/logistics and export/support service centre for the significant resource deposits and projects operating across the Bowen and Galilee basins has a competitive edge due to excellent rail, road and port connectivity.
Key sectors (mining and agriculture) will always have cycles and be impacted from trade flows, but a stable and growing economic base will serve to reduce the impact of these fluctuations.
Mining and Resource Services
The mining sector and associated industries have greatly benefited from increased activity since the early 2000s. The large expansion of the sector through the development of many resource projects and associated infrastructure and facilities saw unprecedented levels of exploration and
development activity. Mackay is not a ‘mining town’; it is a service hub for the resource sector. While no mining is actually undertaken within the Mackay region, Mackay is home to one of the
world’s most advanced, skilled and innovative mining service sectors.
Mackay’s strategic role as a key hub/logistics and export/support service centre for the significant resource deposits and projects operating across the Bowen and Galilee basins,
has a competitive edge due to excellent rail, road and port connectivity. Mackay region recorded nearly twice the annual growth in GRP in the 2006–07 to 2012–2013 period (4.3%
growth per annum), compared to Queensland, as well as recording consistently lower unemployment rates. While the investment pipeline in the resources sector has moderated in recent years, the region’s extensive and leading industry business base, knowledge/skills, and specialisation will provide the foundation and lead the way for further growth and diversification across the mining and resource service sector.
There are also many opportunities to apply the skills and experience gained by Mackay LGA as a result of the mining sector, to other sectors and export markets including Papua New Guinea, South America, China, Brazil and Indonesia.
Mackay region has been forged by a well–established innovative and world–class agricultural sector. The Mackay region has valuable and strategic agricultural and grazing land, key labour specialisations, established supply chains, and well–regarded industry knowledge.
The region yields production from a broad range of raw and processed agricultural commodities (sugarcane, beef, horticulture, forestry, fibre and aquaculture), often through vertical integration of businesses and operations, but has a core strength and competency in sugarcane production and processing. These strengths, coupled with increasing local and global demand for agricultural commodities and lower labour costs (due to inter–industry movements of
labour between resources and agricultural sectors), are expected to provide impetus for future growth.
While exposed to exchange rate and climatic cycles, the future for agriculture across Australia is strong. Through increased efficiencies, innovative products and value–adding approaches (e.g. renewable electricity generation from agricultural by– products), the local agricultural industry is set to provide a continued significant contribution to the Mackay region’s growth in the future.
We aim to bring together the local industry sectors from around the region and facilitate networking and relationship building opportunities.
Through our capability and procurement portal we aim to promote the extensive capabilities and capacity that the region has to offer and connect local businesses and industry in order to develop a sustainable and diverse economy for our region.
The portal is open to any business wishing register its capabilities relevant to the region, to receive tender information directly and connect with other businesses. However, Resource Industry Network reserve the right to refuse the registration of a business should it be deemed not directly linked to the sector or the region.
For information on how to access the portal please click here