Transitioning Gladstone Investor Experience 2024 

6 - 9 May, 2024 | Gladstone, Central Queensland

The systems and industries that underpin Australia’s regional economies are facing significant change and disruption due to efforts to decarbonise the Nation’s economy and limit global warming.  These pressures necessitate the development of new industries and technologies as well as innovative models of business, governance and welfare.  All this work needs investment!

Deloitte Access Economics estimates that over $400 billion of private and public investment is required to transform Australia’s emission-intensive economy into a productive and competitive net-zero economy by 2050.  

The Transitioning Gladstone Investor Experience offers investors and philanthropists a unique opportunity to learn firsthand from local leaders and international experts about what it will take to ensure that Australia’s transition is well-resourced.

The 3-day program, based in Central Queensland’s Gladstone region, will showcase a range of industry and community projects that are contributing to a climate-resilient, decarbonised and socially just future, with participants having the opportunity to meet with business and community leaders and Traditional Owners in an industrial region at the forefront of the transition. 

Participants will also have the chance to learn from and connect with leading International and Australian transition experts to explore what it will take to unlock lasting investment opportunities, to enable a truly just transition at the pace needed to meet Australia’s net zero ambitions.

Featured speakers

Portrait of Heidi Binko

Heidi Binko

Executive Director & Co-founder

Just Transition Fund (USA)

Eytan Lenko


Boundless Earth

Trevor Gauld

National Assistant Secretary

Electrical Trades Union of Australia

Dr Amanda Cahill

Amanda Cahill


The Next Economy

Erwin Jackson

Managing Director

Policy Investor Group on Climate Change


Monday 6 May
6pm – Experience commences
Program launch event
Panel presentations and dinner
The Gladstone transition in context
Launch of the program with special international Just Transition experts and overview of the region.
Tuesday 7 May
8:30am start
Gladstone industrial precincts tour and industry site visit
The changing face of Gladstone
Tour Gladstone's established and new industrial precincts and meet senior leaders at an innovative production facility.
Workshops and discussions
Energy, emerging industries and workforce development
Visit research and innovation hubs and listen to informed perspectives from business and community leaders at the forefront of the energy transition. Topics include:
  • Opportunities and trends in the clean energy transition
  • The emerging hydrogen industry
  • Skills, training and future plans.
Evening event
Panel presentations and dinner
Getting to net zero - from policy to investment
National leaders discuss the current state of the energy transition in Australia and the role of government and industry in accelerating the transition to net zero.
Wednesday 8 May
8:30am start
Site visit and workshop
Building the foundation for a Just Transition
Hear from community representatives and First Nations Leaders on what is needed to ensure that the transition is just and sustained, to ensure the foundations on which an economy can thrive.
Presentation and workshop
Exploring the role of finance. What will it take to support regions like Gladstone to transition to net zero?
Explore the different roles private, public and philanthropic funding can play in supporting different kinds of transition initiatives.
Site visit and harbour tour
Working with industry, nature and communities
Head out onto the harbour to learn about research with coastal industries and communities.
Evening event
Networking and dinner
Participants will connect and network with local Gladstone leaders over dinner.
Thursday 9 May
8:30am start
Mobilising the enabling investment ecosystem
Identify and explore opportunities to accelerate and enable resources into regions most impacted by major industry changes and decarbonisation.
12 noon – Experience closes

What you can expect

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The Transitioning Gladstone Investor Experience has been curated to shine a spotlight on the transition in the Gladstone region.  Over three days, participants will connect around the key issues and opportunities that exist in the transformation of the local economy, through a range of site visits, roundtable discussions, guest presentations, workshops and networking activities.

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Business and community initiatives

Local leaders will showcase initiatives that are key to supporting an accelerated and just transition to net zero.

Initiatives span a range of areas including energy security, hydrogen industry, workforce development, social infrastructure, environmental protection and First Nations leadership.

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Expert speakers and hosts

Insights from international, national and local experts, along with some of Australia’s influential political and financial figures, will provide an informed perspective on growth sectors, economic development opportunities and current transition trends.

Throughout the Experience, participants will also be joined by representatives from First Nations groups, industry, business, community sectors and universities who are working to decarbonise their sectors and accelerate the transition to a net zero economy.

Roundtable discussions

Participants will explore the context and complexity of transition through facilitated conversations and a focus on real life examples. They will brainstorm ideas and solutions to unlocking lasting investment opportunities across all regional sectors. These discussions aim to foster new insights and relationships between key stakeholders with direct experience and ongoing interest in these issues.

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Networking and connections

The Experience includes time and space for building connections and two-way knowledge sharing between participants and Gladstone stakeholders. Our goal is that participants will be able to explore the potential for new collaborations and ways to improve funding support to accelerate economic diversification and decarbonisation.

Who this is for

We have designed a multi-stakeholder experience through which senior leaders from philanthropy, institutional investors, government, and regional communities will come together to discuss ways to solve regional just transition funding barriers and facilitate timely resourcing to where it is needed most. This is a bespoke, invite-only event. Numbers are limited to 25 participants to ensure effective participation and connection.

Investment leaders

Impact investors, ESG managers, private equity firms, venture capitalists, fund managers, super funds, investment firms and angel investors.


Australian philanthropic organisations.

Government & policy makers

Local, state and federal government agencies shaping bold climate policies and transition pathways.

Delivery partners

Frequently asked questions and details

The investment for this Experience is $2,500 + GST. Places are secured upon full payment.


  • Access to international and national experts and the opportunity to network with leading investors and philanthropists supporting Australia to transition to net zero.
  • On-ground daily transport and site visits
  • All meals (excluding breakfast)
  • Transitioning Gladstone Investor Experience Report (for participants only)


  • Accommodation is excluded from the program cost to allow participants to choose a level and type of accommodation that suits their requirements. We will start each day of the Experience at the Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel in the heart of the city and recommend choosing accommodation at or within walking distance. The Next Economy can organise participant accommodation on request.
  • Flights from your origin to Gladstone and airport transfers.
  • Travel and/or medical insurance
  • Incidental personal costs
  • Alcoholic drinks beyond those provided at the evening reception activities.

The Experience has been curated to bring together discussions and explorations on key themes over a three days. It is expected that participants attend the entire Experience to gain the most out of the activities, enable continuity of discussions and minimise disruption to the program. If you have limited capacity and time to participate in the three-day program, please contact The Next Economy to discuss your options.

No more than 25 participants, with 2-3 facilitators from The Next Economy.

The experience will be hosted in Gladstone, Central Queensland.

Gladstone is the land of the Bailai, the Gurang, the Gooreng Gooreng and the Taribelang Bunda People as the traditional custodians of the land and waters on which this experience will take place.

Situated at the frontline of climate transition, Gladstone is both facing significant economic reform and new opportunities in a decarbonised, industrial world.

Participants should notify us of a cancellation by email:

  • Balance received will be refunded (minus AUD$150 cancellation fee) if you decide to withdraw from the Experience up to 4 weeks prior.
  • Within four weeks of the trip (unless an approved replacement is provided/found) no refund will be provided.

The Next Economy strives to ensure all of our programs and activities are inclusive and accessible. Participants are invited to note on the registration form and/or discuss with The Next Economy, any requirements that will support more effective participation in the Experience.

Participants are expected to behave in an appropriate, respectful and professional manner, and conduct themselves in accordance with the law.

The Next Economy may terminate participation in the Experience if a participant fails to maintain what The Next Economy considers to be an acceptable standard of public and private conduct during the program and/or behaves in a manner that compromises The Next Economy’s reputation.

Participants indemnify The Next Economy from and against any liability, loss, harm, damage, cost or expense (including legal fees) that The Next Economy may suffer, incur or sustain as a result of participant conduct during the Experience, except to the extent that such liability, loss, harm, damage, cost or expense arises from the negligent or unlawful act or omission of The Next Economy.

The Next Economy will capture content on the Experience to share with our community.  Participants grant The Next Economy a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license without charge to use, reproduce, publish and display photos and written feedback/testimonies in any media or distribution methods (whether now known or later developed), including publication on The Next Economy website or any internet applications.

We work with communities, governments and industry to build regional economies that are climate safe, regenerative and socially just.