December 2006

RBA Australia OfficeMinister for State Development John Mickel will today officially open the new Australian headquarters for London company Rudall Blanchard Associates (RBA) at Wynnum.

RBA, environmental health and safety consultants for the oil, gas and petroleum industries has taken up residence in the historic Wynnum Central Old Post Office Building. The company also has offices in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Houston in the USA.

“The fact that RBA has based its Australian operations in Brisbane reflects Queensland’s position as the leading business and lifestyle destination in Australia,” Mr Mickel said.

“Queensland is in the middle of its most sustained period of growth and prosperity ever recorded in our State’s history.

“Last week’s release of the Australian National Accounts revealed that our growth rate is still well ahead of the national average and our Government actively promotes Queensland’s superiority as an investment location.”

Mr Mickel said that RBA’s presence builds on the services sector that supports the oil, gas and renewable energy industries. It also provides those industries with the option of using local expertise rather than seeking it interstate or overseas.

“RBA sees Queensland has a key location for growth for its services to the oil and gas industries because of Coal Seam Gas growth in Western Queensland and in the Asia Pacific region,” Mr Mickel said.

“Wynnum appealed because of its proximity to the city, the airport and local refineries.”

As well as providing health, safety and environmental management services to the oil, gas and petroleum industries, RBA consults on issues of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

“Queensland’s oil and petroleum industries are experiencing strong growth. In 2004-2005, 170 coal seam gas and 45 conventional wells were drilled across the state,” Mr Mickel said.

“The Department of State Development and Trade has a number of initiatives in place to drive the growth of renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, primarily through the $7.3 million Ethanol Industry Action Plan.

“We are leaders in the promotion, adoption and manufacture of renewable fuels.”
Today’s opening of the RBA office will be attended by Dr James Blanchard, CEO of RBA, who has flown in from London, and Catherine Brosnan, the Australian General Manager of RBA.


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