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Brisbane Economic Series

The Brisbane Economic Series is a quarterly publication providing vital insights into Brisbane’s business climate, identifying opportunities for investment and forces for growth. Each issue features articles which bring you all the latest investment news and analysis about the city’s economy.

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Brisbane Economic Series - Issue 10

Brisbane Economic Series issue 10

Brisbane is entering an exciting era of grand-scale infrastructure development and this edition takes a look at some of the projects either underway or in the planning stages. While attention is often concentrated on the more obvious infrastructure projects in the CBD, there is widespread activity happening in the suburbs and across this great city.

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Brisbane Economic Series - Issue 9

Brisbane Economic Series issue 9

This edition explores Brisbane’s research and development (R&D) sector as a driver of innovation and growth in the local economy. Home to a string of world-class R&D facilities, Brisbane continues to build its reputation as a centre of excellence in commercialising home-grown research.

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Brisbane Economic Series- Issue 8

Brisbane Economic Series issue 8

This edition explores the future of Queensland's resources and hotel sectors and takes a look at the new Digital Brisbane strategy. It also previews the G20 World Leaders Summit in 2014 and provides an update on the expansion of the Choose Brisbane campaign.

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Brisbane Economic Series issue 7: Brisbane in 2031

Brisbane’s future as a leader for cutting edge innovation and economic advancements is the focus of the seventh edition of the Brisbane Economic Series. Leaders at the forefront of Brisbane industry: Blue Sky Alternative Investments Managing Director Mark Sowerby, Reload Media Managing Director Llew Jury, University of Queensland Senior Lecturer Dr Tim Kastelle, Rio Tinto Head of Innovation John McGagh, Minter Ellison Senior Partner David Thomas, are in agreement that the city is a hub for cutting-edge talent and innovation, and in this edition they share their insights.

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Brisbane Economic Series issue 6: innovative manufacturing

In this edition Bruce Grey, Advanced Manufacturing CRC, David Perkins, Cardno, Russell Smith, Port of Brisbane, Michael Kilgariff, Australian Logistics Council and David Foote, Australian Country Choice explore the many facets of the innovative manufacturing industry including its evolution, and how Brisbane continues to be a competitive and ideal investment destination in this area.

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Brisbane Economic Series issue 5: energy and resources

Australia’s growing energy and resources sector is the focus of this edition. Dr Geoff Dickie, Queensland Exploration Council, Mark Ingham and Ben Hensman, Deloitte Access Economics, Keira Brennan, Clayton Utz and Ben Willis, Fragomen discuss topics including international skills sourcing, the past and future of minerals exploration, the emergence of Queensland’s world-leading LNG sector, and the delivery of common user infrastructure. 

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Brisbane Economic Series issue 4: the economy

The focus of this edition is the state of the Australian economy and factors driving future growth, particularly in Brisbane. Professor the Hon Stephen Martin, CEDA, Dennis Lin and Cameron MacMillan, BDO, Ian Wainwright, ANZ and Dr Mishka Foster, Brisbane City Council explore current and emerging economic issues, particularly in the resources sector and the opportunity of increased investment from Asia.

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Brisbane Economic Series issue 3: property - the green building issue

In this edition, key industry leaders Paul Day, Savills Australia, Brian Noble, Clayton Utz Brisbane, Richard Fairhead, Arup, Romilly Madew, Green Building Council of Australia and David Baggs, Ecospecifer discuss the commercial impact of green buildings, and the importance of research and development to ensure Australia maintains its status as an innovator in green building and construction.

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Brisbane Economic Series issue 2: infrastructure

Three respected industry leaders Mark Birrell, Chairman Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Martin Stewart-Weeks, Senior Director (Public Sector), IBSG Cisco and Lance Hockridge, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, QR National, discuss the region’s burgeoning infrastructure program including the impact of the mining resources boom, innovative funding models and the future of digital infrastructure. 

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Brisbane Economic Series issue 1: knowledge, labour, talent

Three industry experts Prof. Peter Coaldrake, vice chancellor at QUT, Ben Willis, special counsel at Fragomen, and Jason Economidis, director expansion projects Australia at Vale, discuss how knowledge, labour and talent are key factors in Brisbane’s economic performance. 

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