The LNP has committed to appointing a new Deputy Coordinator-General dedicated to unlocking the development of the North West Minerals Province if it wins government.
The Townsville-based Deputy Coordinator-General would have sweeping powers to fast-track and bring government departments together to resolve bureaucratic hold-ups and coordinate approvals.
“The LNP’s Deputy Coordinator-General will charged with unleashing the minerals province to supercharge the economy and create thousands of jobs,” LNP leader Deb Frecklington said.
“They will have sweeping powers to plan, deliver and coordinate large-scale projects.
“This is another demonstration of the LNP’s commitment to put senior public servants in regional Queensland and it follows our announcement of the Queensland Dam Company, which will be based in Townsville.”
The Queensland Resources Council welcomed the LNP commitment, saying it mirrored a request in the joint QRC and Association of Mining and Exploration Companies’ Resources Industry Recovery Agenda.
“Queensland has globally-significant reserves of copper, nickel, zinc, graphite, and molybdenum and major deposits of cobalt, rhenium, scandium, tantalum, niobium, lithium, rare earths and vanadium,” QRC cheif executive Ian Macfarlane said.
“The development of the North West Minerals Province will put Queensland ahead in terms of providing the critical minerals for battery and renewable technologies and advanced manufacturing.
“The North West Minerals Province will not only deliver for Townsville and the North, but for Australia with the insatiable global demand for these minerals.”
* See the joint QRC-AMEC Resources Industry Recovery Agenda HERE.