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RIN urges prompt action on mine approval

Resource Industry Network (RIN) says swift action is required now that the State Government has heard the resonating voice of regional Queensland.

Resource Industry Network (RIN) says swift action is required now that the State Government has heard the resonating voice of regional Queensland.

In response to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s visit to Mackay today, Resource Industry Network has called for words to be turned into swift actions on the Carmichael Mine so regional Queensland can get on with doing what they do best.

RIN director Mick Crowe said it was fantastic to see the Premier in Mackay today focusing on coal and Queenslanders because that was exactly what was required to attract investment.

However, Mr Crowe cautiously added: “Let’s be very clear about this. The timeframe for these approvals should be short, days not months. We’ve had a statement from the Premier, now we need to see action and we need jobs now.”

“There is gear sitting out in the Galilee Basin ready to roll. There is an opportunity for a boost for this region, how investors see Queensland, and how the world views us as a reliable supplier of quality coal.

“We are very good at mining up here. We can work with the black-throated finch and we are not going to destroy the Great Artesian Basin. We already operate 26 world-class coal mines in Queensland and the finch and the water table have been looked after.

“If this was a State of Origin match, our Central Queensland community is lined up on the sideline, the crowd is in the stadium, and we are just waiting for the Government to blow the whistle.

“Blow that whistle and we’ll get on that paddock and we’ll do everything right. We’ll look after the environment, jobs, and the long-term future for Queensland,” Mr Crowe added.

RIN general manager Adrienne Rourke also urged the State Government to think hard before implementing any changes to mining royalty tax rates.

“We don’t want to see a brake put on mining. But if royalty rates increase, we fear this is exactly what will happen. We want the Premier to know what the Central and North Queensland regions can contribute to the economic prosperity of the State while continuing to provide solutions for the industry into the future,” Ms Rourke said.

 

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For further information, please contact:

RIN Communications Officer

Jodie Thompson

P: 07 4952 4184

M: 0408 638 968

Email: comms@resourceindustrynetwork.org.au

 

 

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