by Tara Miko
THE region's chief industry group will bring Indian mining giant Adani to Toowoomba next month in an effort to cash in on the expected resources boom.
Throwing open the invitation to business leaders, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise will host Adani's regional content manager Ben Hughes and media relations manager Ron Watson who, it is understood, will explain possible opportunities in the $16.5 billion mega mine.
Adani's Carmichael Coal Mine will be the first in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland and has been shrouded in controversy as environmental groups protest plans for what is expected to be Australia's largest mine, and one of the largest in the world.
TSBE has previously led a delegation with regional businesses seeking to tap into the venture which is forging ahead with plans to build the mine, and a dedicated rail line feeding to the Abbott Point coal terminal near Bowen.
Protesters are reportedly gearing up to rally against machinery movements near the terminal in Bowen and mine site later this week.
Adani has received the official go-ahead for its coal mine after years of state and federal assessments and challenges from environmental and conservation groups
AECOM was awarded the contract to design the rail line, while borehole drilling and air quality monitoring contracts were this morning announced as being among the seven new tenders opening tomorrow.
Next month, regional businesses will hear how the Adani regional content strategy could apply to Toowoomba and the Surat Basin areas.
"We know that the business community in our region has an unparalleled capability as a result of the gas industry," TSBE executive chairman Shane Charles said.
"We know that we will be a key strategic region for Adani and will provide a number of services and employees to this mega project."
Adani has established its head office in Townsville to which Toowoomba has direct flights through AirNorth via Wellcamp airport.
It is that connectivity TSBE Surat Basin supply chain general manager Reagan Parle in February said put the region in a position to tap into the coal mine project.
The TSBE enterprise evening, at the Armitage Centre next month, will give an insight into what business partnerships could arise with the rail, port and coal mine development.
Tickets start at $55 for TSBE members, and $95 for non-members.