CMEWA focused on productivity in pre-budget submission

 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of West Australian has highlighted increased productivity as the central theme in its pre-budget submission.

CME head Reg Howard-Smith stated that while Western Australia’s mining industry was booming, investment in infrastructure is crucial if it is to continue expanding.

"The lack of a strategic infrastructure plan as the biggest constraint to growth," Howard-Smith said. 

"In its submission, CME offers recommendations to the State Government on core policy areas that will allow the WA resources sector to grow and increase its efficiency.

"These measures span a wide range of areas from taxation, land access, industrial relations, infrastructure, local industry participation and the environment, to people and skills, occupational health and safety and aboriginal heritage."

He went on to state that “the current portfolio by portfolio approach to infrastructure planning and investment is not sustainable for the kind of growth the State is experiencing.

Howard-Smith called on the government in implement a State Infrastructure Plan, which he believes would address these issues.

"The strong performance and prospects of the resources sector should not be taken for granted," Howard-Smith said.

The Queensland Resources Council has also released its 2012 state election policy agenda.

According to QRC chief Michael Roche, it sets out a comprehensive agenda for the $40 billion industry.

"A key emphasis for the next government is to clearly and publicly articulate a long-term vision for minerals and energy sector growth in Queensland as one of the key pillars of a successful economic growth strategy," Roche said.


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