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Resources leaders disappointed in lack of respect shown to METS SMEs by local candidates in lead up to Federal Election

With just over three weeks until the Federal Election, peak industry body Resource Industry Network along with the Resources Centre of Excellence say the mining supply chain has been left high and dry when it comes to support from local candidates.

RIN general manager Dean Kirkwood said the organisation, known for its effective representation of the mining equipment and technology services (METS) sector, was frustrated by the lack of commitments being put forward by local Federal Election candidates.

“METS businesses are the backbone of the resources industry, and we are disappointed in the lack of respect being shown to them given the fact that they are a significant contributor to resources and ultimately, the national economy.

“Resource Industry Network is not seeing any solid commitments from any candidates that support METS businesses and projects in this region that will help us maintain our global standing as a METS innovation hub.

“METS businesses are the reason that mining operations continued to operate during the pandemic, and they are also key to delivering solutions that address Net Zero carbon emissions targets and the platform to develop our critical minerals sector.

“We have a reputation for standing up and fighting for our region. Three years ago, we were willing to do just that. Our sector came out in force and reminded those vying for our votes that our sector and our region are voices to be reckoned with,” Mr Kirkwood said.

Resources Centre of Excellence (RCOE) CEO Steven Boxall agreed saying if we are to successfully navigate low carbon innovation for a cleaner future, METS businesses in the Mackay, Isaac, Whitsunday region are best positioned to drive the way forward.

“The RCOE has been a fantastic addition to further building METS capability but if we are to continue to develop this expertise and continue servicing a global market, we need solid commitments from all parties.

“The development of RCOE Stage 2, which focuses on low carbon innovation, is a natural step for our region and the METS sector stands to benefit as a result of their decades of business knowledge in mining innovation and technology,” Mr Boxall said.

Both RIN and the RCOE are looking for reinvestment into the local economy and believe it is justified given mining’s significant contributions in driving the nation in recent years.


For further information, or to discuss interview opportunities, please contact:
Jodie Thompson - RIN Communications Manager
P: 07 4952 4184    |   M: 0408 638 968

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