Still a role for industry board to play: former CEO

THE Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board achieved a lot during its 10-year tenure, according to its second-to-last CEO Garry Scanlon.

"It was a one-stop shop for industries," he said.

Former chief of the board Garry Scanlon
Former chief of the board Garry Scanlon

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"I had a number of really frustrated industry representatives come to me because they were getting fobbed off by the various levels of government they needed to approach when working on proposals."

The main aim was to attract big industry to the state development area, and Mr Scanlon said the organisation was able to help a number of possible industries, although not many of those saw the light of day.

One industry that did, however, was the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal, which is now operational. "The organisation certainly did have a role to play - these days there is no one-stop shop and people are again being sent from one government organisation to another. I believe it still has a role to play. We were able to prevent the run-around by getting all agencies together to work on potential projects."

The board was closed down in 2012 by the Newman Government and then-CEO Dr Ken King moved to take up a similar position in Western Australia.


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