May 28, 2020

QRC adds its weight to industry recovery alliance

QRC adds its weight to industry recovery alliance

The Queensland Resources Council will join the Premier’s Queensland Industry Recovery Alliance today to work with the government on the State’s COVID-19 fightback.

It will be pushing for a streamlined approval process for new mining projects to help boost resource sector contributions.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the peak body had already been in talks with the Government about the recovery and he looked forward to joining the Premier on the Alliance today.

“Already, we have secured some interim relief for exploration companies that are the key to the new coal, metal, gas and oil discoveries,” he said.

“We have finalised an agreement to inject a jointly funded $100 million into resource communities. Keeping us working keeps Queensland earning.

“Before COVID-19, we were injecting more than $200 million into the Queensland economy every day. Queensland needs as much of that money in our economy as we can.”

As well as advocating a more streamlined project approval process from the State and Federal governments, the QRC is pushing for more land releases for exploration and incentives for those companies who will be the key to the new mineral discoveries.