The Queensland Government has showcased the state’s North West Minerals Province in an engagement session with the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers to highlight the region’s supply of critical minerals for electric vehicles (EVs).
The engagement session was hosted by Queensland Resources Minister Scott Stewart’s department and focussed on the state’s minerals supply and investment opportunities.
This included an overview of Queensland’s industry, governance and credentials and its potential to supply new economy minerals.
The engagement session is part of a broader program across Europe, with the state government previously showcasing Queensland’s minerals sector to France and Germany, with London planned as the next stop.
According to Stewart, Europe represents a new market for the state’s minerals sector.
“Like many parts of the world, Europe is going through a large shift towards lowering emissions and clean energy,” he said.
“This is driving demand for minerals, such as those used in electric vehicles.
“You can’t have a renewable energy industry without a strong mining industry and Queensland is well-placed to take advantage of these changes in Europe.
“Queensland has an abundance of these minerals including copper, rare-earth elements, cobalt, nickel, vanadium and more.”
According to Stewart, the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers is the largest employers’ organisation in the Netherlands with 160 branch associations as members.
“Being able to showcase the North West Minerals Province to the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers is important in promoting the potential of Queensland’s resources sector,” he said.
“The group is the largest employers’ organisation in the Netherlands, with a membership of more than 160 branch associations representing more than 185,000 enterprises.”
Queensland’s North West Minerals Province is focussed around the Mount Isa and Cloncurry regions.
“This engagement will help create new, high-value and long-term markets, and establish new supply chains and value-adding infrastructure,” Stewart said.