Queensland’s government is creating new roles and taskforces to promote mining and resources in the state.
It has announced the creation of its first Resources Investment Commissioner in a bid to boost investment.
State development and mining minister Dr. Anthony Lynham said the new commissioner would be focused on winning investment capital for the state’s miners, explorers, and mining technology companies.
“This will be Queensland’s first dedicated Resources Investment Commissioner, focused on identifying and driving opportunities for our resources sector,” Lynham said.
“On my recent trip to the United States, investors were telling me they wanted to put their capital into Queensland resources projects.
“Our Resources Investment Commissioner’s job will be to make this happen, and to promote Queensland’s resource potential within Australia and overseas to generate more and better opportunities.”
The state government is also teaming up with industry to support growth in the North West region.
It has created a North West Minerals Province Taskforce, which premier Annastacia Palaszczuk demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting the region through the current mining slump.
“My Government is keenly aware that the ongoing resource commodity price lows are making times tough for families and local businesses in resource communities, such as Mount Isa, and across the North West,” she said.
“Last week’s news about the North East Gas Interconnector pipeline coming to Queensland showed what a focused government could achieve in winning jobs and infrastructure.
“The taskforce will continue the focus, drawing together stakeholders across the North West to identify how we can all work together to plan a strategic way forward.”
She went on to state the state government is ready to “implement any policies that lead to the betterment of the North West and in particular the mining sector”.