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Resource services sector reveals its federal election agenda

08-Jun-2016

As a result of the challenging times experienced by many of its members in recent years, Resource Industry Network has determined a series of priorities they believe would set industry and the region on a renewed path to growth, prosperity and jobs.  With the Federal Election just four weeks week away, RIN believes it is timely for political leaders and local candidates to be informed of those priorities.

Resource Industry Network believes harnessing the technical knowledge and skills from within the existing resources sector will be key to both building a sustainable engineering and heavy industry sector and ensuring the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region thrives into the future.

The RIN Board has said by building on the region’s competitive advantage in technical skills and knowledge, we can strengthen our engineering and heavy engineering sector to become a global centre for innovation and technology driven solutions, not just in our historical markets of resources, but across all sectors.

In order for regional Queensland to be seen by both Australian and international investors as ‘open for business’ it is essential that the Federal Government work to invest in jobs-creating infrastructure and clear hurdles that currently obstruct business success.

RIN believes our resources sector can coexist with the Great Barrier Reef and we want a government that can work with all parties to ensure a sustainable outcome by considering all the facts and the science, not just the loudest voice.

Resource Industry Network strongly urges all political parties to address the following priorities and state their commitment to these issues:

  •  Reform to ensure some sense is restored to our project approval processes, that duplication and red tape across state and federal jurisdictions is streamlined and that SMEs are recognised for their economic contribution and are supported to invest and grow.
  • Support for construction of new and expanded mines in the Galilee and Bowen Basins to bring significant infrastructure and jobs to the region.
  • Government investment in regional infrastructure such as the Bowen Basin Development Link and NQBP’s Port of Mackay to increase opportunities for inbound and outbound trade.
  • Incentives for businesses to relocate to regional Australia, to grow the regional skills base and further enhance economic activity.
  • Funding to support businesses to both understand and prepare for new opportunities, especially within a diversified engineering and heavy industry and defence industry sectors.
  • Support the funding of a Sports Precinct at CQUniversity to bring additional business opportunities to the region and further enhance the local campus’ offering.

The Resource Industry Network will be holding a forum with the Dawson candidates on Thursday 30th June at Ocean International from 5pm.  Members and guests are invited to attend and ask questions of the candidates present to hear what they are offering the resource services sector and region.  To register go to www.resourceindustrynetwork.org.au.

Media Contact: For an interview with a RIN Board Director contact Kelley Porter on 0411 113 703.