The North Queensland mining industry is set to benefit from a new committee aimed at improving infrastructure, planning and development in the region.
The first meeting of the North Queensland Resource Supply Chain Steering Committee will be held in Townsville on October 8 and aims to help prioritise projects and investments.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development and Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney, announced the members of the committee today and pointed to the knowledge and expertise they brought to the table as well as their dedication in the advancement of the region.
“Chaired by Xstrata Copper’s Steve DeKruijff, this strategic oversight committee of industry and government representatives will oversee future work on infrastructure planning for the north Queensland resource supply chain,” Seeney said.
“Industry representatives play an important role as they are the owners and users of the infrastructure.
“It is these industries which will be crucial to future investment in improving infrastructure and coordinating the way it is used.
“Mayor John Wharton will represent the seven north-west Mayors who are interested in developing the wealth of their communities. Consultation with all Mayors will occur as part of the work program.
“The broader MITEZ (Mount Isa Townsville Economic Zone) group will be represented by MITEZ Executive Officer Glen Graham.
“This government wants to support development and investment in resource regions and ensure communities are benefitting from the development of the resource industry.”
$1.66 million worth of funding has been secured from Infrastructure Australia to help support the north west Queensland supply chain corridor between Mount Isa and Townsville.
“This government wants to see greater utilisation of existing infrastructure,” Mr Seeney said.
“This will drive economic growth which is a key priority of the Government.
“Greater use of infrastructure is dependent upon bringing forward mining projects, another priority for this government.
“We will continue to work with all players along the infrastructure corridor as it is an important supply chain, with exports from the corridor worth billions to the Queensland economy each year.”