Isaac Regional Council has accepted an invitation to join the Australian Mining Cities Alliance (AMCA), adding its voice to the communities of Mount Isa, Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The AMCA was founded in late 2017 as an advocacy group representing the interests of mining regions.
Its objectives are: to progress the economic and social development of mining cities across Australia; share experiences and know-how among members of the Alliance; and improve State, Territory and Federal policy settings relating to mining cities.
Isaac Mayor Anne Baker said joining the collective of mining communities was a good fit for the Isaac region.
“Together our regions contribute greatly to Australia’s wealth and prosperity, and we want to ensure our communities share in the benefits this yields,” she said.
“As resource regions we share a high degree of commonality in terms of the opportunities and challenges we face in our communities.
“We are very much looking forward to working in partnership with the councils of Mount Isa, Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie-Boulder to ensure the voices of the nation’s resources regions are heard.”
Cr Baker said the Isaac region was home to 26 active coal mines, with more in development, and produced more than half of Queensland’s saleable coal.
She said more than 500sq km of land in the Bowen and Galilee basins had recently been released for exploration, which reflected growing demand and the long-term capacity of the region to supply raw materials.
“What we are seeing at present is that a number of resources companies are moving to secure holdings in the Isaac as part of their long-term strategic planning, particularly in terms of unexploited resources,” she said.