Jul 27, 2017

Rail and energy action list

Rail and energy action list

A rail and energy forum in Brisbane has generated a set of resolutions to be presented to the State Government in a bid to increase the competitiveness of the North West Mineral Province’s resources sector.

Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter said Incitec Pivot, Glencore, MMG, CuDeco, Capricorn Copper and South32 were represented at the July 26 meeting as well as Townsville Enterprise and MITEZ.

“It was pleasing that you had eight interests there having almost 100 per cent alignment on what we felt the major issues were and how to address them,” he said.

The meeting followed the release of the State’s North West Minerals Province Blueprint this month, which included more than $30 million worth of measures including large-scale geological surveys to identify new commercial deposits, a four-year program to support exploration in greenfield and high-risk areas, and red-tape reduction for explorers.

The blueprint includes commitments to assess the current use of infrastructure including rail, water and energy.

But Mr Katter said he placed little value on that gesture and he suspected others in the room at the forum felt the same.

He said parties at the rail and energy forum felt the operating environment the government  managed was not sustainable and certainly not conducive to new investment in the region’s mining industry.

“A number of resolutions were discussed and agreed upon and they are going to be finessed and there will be some strategy around those,” he said.

“We will be calling on the government to chat to this group and provide some answers because we need some action on them or life as we know it will not continue.”

The submission is expected to be ready to be made public within three to four weeks.


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