Global competitiveness, working within communities and exploration: three themes identified as key priorities as a joint government and resources sector initiative starts taking shape.
In a first for this state, the Queensland Government and the resources industry are working together to deliver a 30-year vision and action plan that will make Queensland a resources destination of choice.
ResourcesQ is a flagship initiative of the Newman Government that will shape government and industry action to ensure that Queensland has a strong, competitive, and diverse resources sector both now and into the future. This strong commitment between industry and government demonstrates the importance of the resources sector as an economic pillar that we promised at the election to grow, which is worth $37.9 billion—contributing one in every four dollars of the state’s economy and supporting one in every five jobs .
Understanding the opportunities and challenges that will confront the sector into the future is critical to creating a robust vision. The centrepiece for discussions is a foresight study conducted by the CSIRO and the University of Queensland that will focus on key trends that will impact over 30 years.
ResourcesQ is taking a whole-of-supply chain approach to the resource sector – examining the issues and trends from the pit to the port, from the drill rig to the transmission line, from the permit application to the smelter.
The initiative also incorporates a comprehensive industry and stakeholder engagement program. This engagement commenced in February with the highly successful ResourcesQ industry leaders’ workshop which was attended by more than 80 industry leaders and senior government officials.
This workshop is complemented by a supply chain industry leaders’ workshop in early April and regional workshops in Mt Isa, Cairns, Gladstone, Roma and Emerald. The regional workshops will be crucial to providing an onthe- ground perspective from stakeholders in regional areas.
The Queensland Government and resources sector peak bodies are committed to working collaboratively to deliver outcomes for the resources sector. This commitment will be affirmed with the signing of a partnership agreement by the Premier, the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and the Association of Australian Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). This agreement will be pivotal in shaping the future of the sector in Queensland.
I look forward to continued collaboration with the sector to secure Queensland’s resources future – a key pillar of our economy.
Hon Andrew Cripps MP
MINISTER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES & MINES
Industry & government commitment to secure Queensland’s resources future
The opportunity to input into the vision for the future of the resources sector in Queensland is one that does not come around very often, and I am enthusiastic about the prospect of engaging with government around challenging policy issues that we will tackle through ResourcesQ.
ResourcesQ is taking an innovative approach to engagement with industry on the preferred 30 year vision and action plan through the establishment of the ResourcesQ partnership group. This mechanism will provide important, grounded resources industry advice and recommendations directly to the government. This group of highly respected, experienced and very well-credentialed industry players will ensure ResourcesQ is grounded and informed by the commercial realities facing the sector by people with practical experience working in the industry.
As chair of the ResourcesQ Partnership Group, I will be working alongside a team of diverse and highly respected membership who bring a wealth of practical industry experience to the table. Other members of the group include Dr Laurie Hammond, Chair of CRC Mining; Mr Theo Psaros, former Chief Operating Officer of MetroCoal Limited; Mr Brendan Ostwald, Chief Executive Officer Ostwald Bros Pty Ltd; Mr Gavin Becker, former CEO of Metallica Minerals Ltd; and Dr Julie Beeby, former Chief Executive Officer of WestSide Corporation Limited.
Through ResourcesQ unique approach, I am sure industry and government will develop a platform for the continued growth and prosperity of Queensland’s resources sector are hallmarks of the next three decades.
Steve de Kruijff
CHAIR, RESOURCESQ PARTNERSHIP GROUP
Former Chief Operating Officer of Xstrata’s North Queensland Copper Division and former Queensland Resources Council President
ResourcesQ provides the opportunity to build on Queensland’s competitive strengths and ensure the state continues to be a lead global resource destination through collective action. It involves an innovative partnership approach and significant stakeholder engagement process; including a number of Brisbane and regionally-based workshops aimed at eliciting key stakeholder input. This active participation and commitment by stakeholders will lead to a robust vision and action plan; backed up by a firm commitment to its implementation.
The ResourcesQ initiative will culminate in the delivery of a partnership report, 30-year vision and action plan in September 2014. For more information about ResourcesQ visit www.dnrm.gov.au/resourcesq.