THE Surat Basin region’s energy and resource sector is getting its own awards, in a bid to highlight the industry’s contributions.

Nominations for the 2020 Surat Basin Energy Awards opened on January 21, 2020.

These inaugural awards will showcase the economic contribution and the positive impact the gas and energy sector has made to the Surat Basin region. The awards will be recognising and rewarding the contribution that the producers of energy provide to our regional economy, as well as to recognise and reward the leaders across a range of award categories.

Businesses are encouraged to nominate organisations and individuals for this major award event, with the event designed to enhance collaboration of industry, benchmark best practice for the region and honour all nominees in a professional but social environment.

There are 13 categories that can be entered, including Export, Innovation, Leadership, Community, Safety, STEM, Co-Existence, Environmental, Health & Wellness, Apprenticeship & Training, Local Content, Indigenous Achievement and the Industry Legacy Award.

The award ceremony will on be April 30 at the Dalby Events Centre with over 400 business leaders expected to attend on the evening.

Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise CEO, Ali Davenport, said the Surat Basin is a hub for energy supply, with use in Australia continually changing.

“We are the energy capital of Queensland and we want to celebrate the achievements in this industry that has been powering our country.”

“As our region moves towards becoming the energy capital of Australia, TSBE will host the Surat Basin Energy Awards to celebrate the people, businesses and industries that have shaped the region.”

“Australians are using energy more productively as new technologies are being implemented and as our economy evolves.”

“The Surat Basin is the largest producer of Coal Seam Gas in Australia, and also has the largest pipeline of approved solar farms in Australia, as well as thermal coal production and now wind farms,” Ms Davenport said.

These awards are hosted by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise in conjunction with our event partner the Western Downs Regional Council.

Mayor of Western Downs Regional Council, Paul McVeigh is looking forward to the awards being held in Dalby later this year.

“This event shows off the capacity and excitement around the resource sector and what it does for our community; it brings jobs and it underpins our economy,” said Mayor McVeigh.

A wide variety of businesses that contribute to the gas and energy supply chain in the Surat Basin region are eligible to apply, ranging from fleet hire to machinery hire, technical based companies to engineering firms, hospitality based business and many more.

Nominations are open now until the April 7, 2020 please see www.tsbe.com.au for more information and online nominations.