Day Two

Resources and Energy Tour, and Community Building

Participants will have the opportunity to visit key local businesses focusing on energy and resources in the region.


Session 1: Resources & Energy Tour

A round trip tour of the region starting at Tomingley Gold Operations to see the extension project and hear about their efforts in exploring renewable energy solutions to support power requirements, followed by a visit to the Parkes Special Activation Precinct, which focuses on the inland rail and national logistics hub.

The tour will continue to Wellington and visit Bodangora Wind Farm, a 113.2 MW wind farm featuring 33 turbines which power 49,000 homes annually, before returning to Dubbo to investigate innovative hydrogen energy storage systems at LAVO’s Blueridge site and the proposed Dubbo Firming Power Station, which will use waste water to create green hydrogen energy.

8:30 AM: Depart Dubbo Rhino Lodge

  • Q&A: The Dubbo Project and ASMs Metalisation Strategy (Dale Josephson, ASM, Acting Project Director, The Dubbo Project and Wayne Dicinoski, Process Manager)
  • Viewing Platform at Peak Hill: Tomingley Gold Extension Project, and then Ambient Noise Tomography (Alex Cherry, Alkane)
  • Parkes SAP Tour (Azaria Dobson, Director Activation Precincts and Partnerships, Department of Regional NSW)
  • Northern Molong Porphyry Project overview (Rodney Dean, Senior Exploration Geologist)
  • Bodangora Wind Farm (Michael Bullock, Senior Exploration Geologist)
  • LAVO site at Blueridge (Michael Sharpe, Industry Specialist)
  • The Dubbo Firming Power Station (Tim Vesey, Energy Transition Solutions)

2:45 PM:  Return to Dubbo Rhino Lodge

Session 2: Community Building

Skills of the Future:
Identifying and anticipating skills needed for the green and low-carbon economy will be the focus of an afternoon panel discussion. Learn about initiatives to address the skills and workforce challenges of the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone and investigate the regional industry education partnership program and how it can promote career pathways for the renewable energy zone by connecting workforce requirements to schools. The session will also highlight the impacts of renewable energy projects from a cultural perspective taking into consideration social license in an indigenous context and what it means for connection to Country.

Warwick Dawson
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Industry and Engagement, the University of Newcastle

Dr Mark Apthorpe
Electricity Infrastructure Jobs Advocate

Jacqui Masters
Senior Project Officer, Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) Program, Training Services NSW, NSW Department of Education

John Allison
Head of Economic Development, Squadron Energy

Housing Solutions:
Will this focus on sustainable housing development, LGA planning, social housing. The panel will discuss impacts of projects, solutions and policy needs to support the accelerated provision of housing and accommodation for communities.

Brad Cam
Chair, Housing Plus

Murray Wood
CEO, Dubbo Regional Council

Cameron Crowley
North West Precinct Community

Laura Shooter
Managing Director, SJ Shooter Real Estate