The Orana Region’s first Mining and Resources Conference

Thursday 13 June 2019 | Lazy River Estate Dubbo

A first for regional NSW, the Orana MET Industry Forum will be a one stop shop of opportunities to take a piece of the $7.9 billion project pipeline for your business.


Mining Updates

Hear the latest project updates from mine operators as well as opportunities available for subcontracting, supply chain, labour workforce and FIFO

Future Energy Projects

Hear the latest updates from businesses operating in the renewable energy sector and/ or planning future projects in the region

Transport Industry

Both the State and Federal Governments have approved a wealth of Transport projects in the region over the next 5 years including Inland Rail, the Dubbo Rail Maintenance Facility, and the XPT Fleet replacement and maintenance

Upcoming Opportunities

Take advantage of upcoming projects, trends and opportunities in the region

Business Support Session

Learn from Austmine the leading industry body for the Australian Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector.

Discover how MET Ignited an industry-led, government-funded, Growth Centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector can help you improve competitiveness and productivity for the Australian METS sector.

Hear from EFIC, Australia’s export credit agency and provider to Australian exporters with a range of specialist finance solutions to help you take on the world.

Uncover how the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub is supporting strong links between industry, research organisations and government to drive innovation and growth for Australia’s energy and resources sector.

Orana Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)

Finally RDA Orana Director Megan Dixon with the Department of Home Affairs will be discussing the NEW Orana DAMA, the first of its kind in NSW.


Steve Archinal- General Manager MOOLARBEN COAL

The Moolarben Coal Complex located approximately 40km north of Mudgee in the Western Coalfields of NSW, currently operating 24 hours a day, the complex comprises of four approved open cut mining areas, three approved underground mining areas and other mining related infrastructure.

Michael Sutherland- General Manager NSW- ALKANE RESOURCES LTD

Mike is employed by Alkane Resources Ltd as General Manager NSW- working primarily on the Dubbo Rare Earth Metal project but also across Alkane’s other projects from Crookwell to Tomingley and Wellington.

Mike has lived and worked in the Orana most of his life though he started his professional career working as a geologist in South Africa. He has spent 17 years as a farmer and 26 years in the mining industry (six years overlapping).

Mike will be providing a project update on the Dubbo Rare Metal Project.

Peter Katz- Infrastructure Director MOMENTUM TRAINS 

Momentum Trains is an international consortium awarded the contract to deliver the Regional Rail Fleet Project by the NSW Government in 2018.

The contract includes project financing, designing, building and maintaining the new Regional Rail Fleet as well as designing, building, maintaining and operating the new purpose built fleet maintenance facility in Dubbo.

Mark Glover- Director & CEO- RENEWED CARBON

Renewed Carbon is a specialist developer of projects and facilities that convert sustainably sourced biomass into quality assured products and by-products including Charcoals (industry) and biochars (agriculture), fermentation and digestion products, syngas, heat, power for bioenergy and semi-processed products.

During the past decade, Renewed Carbon and its founder and CEO, Mark has been researching and developing a detailed business model to build and operate a national network of BioHubs including the Orana BioHub in Cobar.

Ross Carter- Business Advisor, Entrepreneurs’ Programme AUSTMINE

Ross has operated within the industry for over 30 years. While now a mining services specialist, solid operational experience in drill & blast, principle mining engineering and project managing pre-strip mining contracts has given Ross a sound understanding of the real needs and expectations of the Australian mining Industry.

Austmine is the leading industry body for the Australian Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. They exist to develop the METS sector and provide growth opportunities and value to their members so they can achieve greater success. Now with over 560 members, including a diversity of METS companies, from major OEMs, contractors and EPCMs, through to SME software, equipment manufacturers, consultancies, technology and support services.

Azaria Dobson- Manager of Special Activation Precincts for NSW PREMIER & CABINET & Murray Wood- Regional NSW Investment Coordinator- OFFICE OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Azaria has over 15 years experience in regional strategic planning and led the team delivering Regional Plans for Central West and Orana, Far West and Riverina Murray Regions. Azaria will be discussing the Special Activation Precincts which are dedicated areas in regional NSW that have been identified by the NSW Government as places where businesses in many sectors can thrive.

Murray’s key role is actively growing business investment in regional NSW. Murray has called NSW’s Central West and Orana home for the past 15 years and is passionate about promoting the benefits and huge range of opportunities to live, work and invest in the regions.

Michael Reznikov- Associate Director, Business Development, NSW & ACT- EFIC

Michael has over 15 years experience in corporate banking particularly in cross boarder and regional banking, working capital solutions, M&A, trade and property finance.

Now working for EFIC (Finance for Australian Exporters) Michael will be discussing how EFIC can help your business as the Australia Government’s export credit agency. Providing Australian businesses with export finance solutions to take on the rest of the world for over 60 years, EFIC has helped hundreds of Australian businesses small, medium and large, take on global opportunities.

Ashley Bland- Managing Director – CONSTRUCTIVE ENERGY

Ashley is Managing Director of Constructive Energy, a company he founded to help meet the demand for expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy, particularly in Regional Australia. As a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Ashley is passionate about ensuring the energy revolution currently underway results in positive socio-economic and environmental change in the regions.

Ashley will be discussing how Australia’s energy mix is changing in spite of the absence of government direction and most people are unaware of the scale and pace of change currently underway. The nature of this market-led transition has resulted in particular threats and opportunities for the regions. Ashley will discuss these and present a model for maximising the benefit of the energy revolution to businesses and individuals in the Orana through the vehicle of local government.


David Hoffmann is a project manager with over a decade of experience in energy and sustainability sectors. As a member of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Sustainability Program Branch, David works with industry and businesses to promote smarter energy solutions, and to drive positive change through strategic innovation and strong relationships. David has a background in program design and implementation, training and business management across a wide range of industries, and has worked on programs in both the USA and Australia. David will be presenting on the basics of Energy Management System for business, and providing insight around the ways that organisations can implement smarter solutions for managing energy in a competitive global environment.


A flagship Institute of the University of Newcastle, NIER is a national leader in industry-engaged research delivering sustainable solutions to real world problems in the energy and resources sector through a platform of multidisciplinary collaborations and partnerships.

Former Chief Executive of leading resource sector company Ampcontrol, Professor Broadfoot also currently leads a number of other initiatives including the University’s commercial arm, Newcastle Innovation, Global Impact Cluster for Energy, Resources, Food & Water, and NIER-hosted NSW Energy & Resources Knowledge Hub. He is a member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, which advises government on policies and strategies for innovation-led economic development that supports business and education and stimulates productivity.

Clare Sykes- General Manager International Markets- METS IGNITED

Clare is a mining industry professional with more than 20 years experience in operational and management roles across the public and private sectors. Clare’s career has encompassed the areas of industry development, strategy and planning, supply chain optimisation, research and analysis, technical engineering and project management across varied domestic and international industry segments.

METS Ignited is an industry-led, government-funded, Growth Centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector. METS Ignited works with Australian suppliers to the Mining Industry, Global Miners, Research Organisations and Capital providers to improve the competitiveness and productivity of the Australian METS sector.

Megan Dixon- RDA Orana Director & the Department of Home Affairs- Orana Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)


We are pleased to announce that we will be closing the day with a session and presentation by Home Affairs on the Orana DAMA Agreement.

This will be the first release of information about our DAMA agreement since April 2019 when the Federal Government granted RDA Orana with the agreement to assist with tackling our workforce shortage.

The DAMA will provide a new pathway for employers to access both skilled and semi-skilled migrants, cutting retraining costs associated for employers using working holiday visas, decreasing processing times from 2 years to just a few months and will provide a new pathway to permanency for migrants seeking to settle in the region long term.



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