Government making exploration harder, Roche says

Queensland Resources Council chief Michael Roche has said investment into mining exploration in the State is “off kilter.

 Queensland Resources Council chief Michael Roche has said investment into mining exploration in the State is “off kilter.”

Speaking at a breakfast conference, Roche said there is a need to highlight the potential of the untapped minerals and energy in QLD.

He called for a greater investment into exploration, as QLD typically invests $16 per $1000 on exploration from mining output, as opposed to Western Australia, which spends $37.

According to the ABC, the Queensland Resources Council believes part of the reason behind this is the strictness of Government regulations.

Roche said "we’ve had a few policies rolled out in recent times that have made it more difficult as an explorer.

“Here in Queensland explorers have recently been thrown some curve balls in form of the new land access rules for explorers and proposals to lock the resource sector out of large tracts of so- called strategic cropping land and … the fact that it’s not possible to mine for uranium in Queensland" have all added to a lessened drive for exploration.

 

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