The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the appointment of Member for Townsville Scott Stewart as state Minister for Resources.
QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said Mr Stewart had been a strong and familiar voice for the resources sector who recognised that the value of mining and gas industries spread widely across Queensland.
“I had the opportunity to congratulate Scott on his elevation to Cabinet today and assure him of the QRC’s commitment to work closely with him and his Cabinet colleagues to strengthen the resources sector,” Mr Macfarlane said.
Mr Macfarlane met with Mr Stewart and expressed how much the QRC and its members looked forward to working with him and the government on the joint initiative for a Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan.
“This Plan will be a joint effort, between industry and the government, to chart future growth, future jobs and future opportunities in the resources sector,” Mr Macfarlane said.
Prior to entering State Parliament in 2015, Mr Stewart was principal of Pimlico State High School, which is one of 80 secondary schools involved in the industry-led and State Government-supported initiative, the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).
QMEA is Australia’s largest and most successful school-industry partnership initiative. The Academy’s programs and experiences broaden student and teacher knowledge of the resources sector and provide a talent pipeline of employees into VET and STEM-related careers, with a strong focus on female and indigenous students.