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Memorandum milestone in the making

Two of the region’s most influential organisations, Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) and CQUniversity (CQU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in becoming world leaders in research and operations.


The memorandum was officially signed in June by Acting CEO Craig Walker and CQU’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Nick Klomp – strengthening a strong partnership for decades to come.


As part of the agreement, GPC and CQU will form a Research Advisory Committee to strengthen the understanding of a range of environmental, social and economic opportunities.


The collaboration between the Port and University, will enhance future thinking and lead research to underpin sustainable development.


GPC and CQU’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre will work closely on a range of research topics, publishing some findings for the benefit of the local community.


Acting CEO Craig Walker said the MoU will assist GPC’s mission to create a sustainable future underpinned by our 50-year master plan.


“The ability to collaborate and innovate together for the future is so important – it’s the key to success. We have such an important role to play and partnering with our local University provides our region with enviable opportunities for study and jobs,” Mr Walker said.


“Signing this MoU is proof that GPC is committed to creating success for our community, Queensland and Australia with valuable research that will position GPC to be leaders throughout Australia and the world, “Mr Walker said.


CQU’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Nick Klomp said the committee will develop and progress a research strategy, setting joint desired outcomes.


“This MoU is a fantastic partnership that builds on our existing, long-term relationship with GPC,” Prof Klomp said.


“Through this MoU, CQU will collaborate with GPC to undertake independent and industry-relevant research on current issues, with a future focus placed on emerging areas of need,” he said.

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