The Queensland Government has established a team of industry ambassadors to promote Queensland mining and exploration investment opportunities to the world.
Mines and Energy Minister Stephen Robertson has announced the 13 mining industry leaders who have accepted the Government’s invitation to become Queensland Resource Industry Ambassadors.
“Because of the global financial downturn and its impact on mining and exploration in Queensland, it is important we take every opportunity to promote our industries, to be on the front-foot for the economic upturn when it comes,” Robertson said.
“The primary focus of the ambassadors will be to champion exploration and investment throughout our state by highlighting the benefits of investing in our exploration, mining and resource industries.
“Total mineral and petroleum exploration expenditure by the private sector in Queensland has grown steadily in recent years; from $270 million in 2004-05 to $563.3 million in 2007-08.”
The ambassador team will be made up of 13 high profile private sector industry leaders, supported by a Queensland Mines and Energy secretariat within the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.
The ambassadors will not be paid for their roles and will promote the Queensland mining and energy industry at every opportunity, including national and international industry events and conferences.
The ambassadors are:
Dr Julie Beeby General Manager, Strategic Planning and Projects, Peabody Energy Australia Pty Limited
Chris Brown Senior Analyst, ABN Amro Morgans
Alice Clark Principal, CdeK Geological & Mining Services
Steve de Kruijff Chief Operating Officer, Xstrata Copper North Queensland
Andrew Gillies Managing Director, Metallica Minerals Ltd
Doug Kirwin Executive Vice President Exploration, Ivanhoe Mines
Ken MacDonald Consultant, Allens Arthur Robinson
Emeritus Professor Don McKee Formerly Head of the Department of Mining, Minerals and Materials Engineering, University of Queensland (retired 2007)
Zimi Meka Chief Executive Officer, Ausenco Limited
Terry O’Shane Chairman, North Queensland Land Council
John Pegler Chairman and a Director of the Australian Coal Association Ltd
Michael Roche Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council
Nick Stump Chairman, Groundprobe Pty Ltd and Chairman of the Sustainable Minerals Institute