QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said the program was aimed at strengthening cooperation between the sector and regional organisations with a demonstrated interest in the sustainable development of minerals and energy resources in Queensland.
‘No-one fits the bill better than the Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce, noting the high level of support that the QRC has enjoyed from the chamber in seeking to promote resources sector opportunities to local businesses,’ Mr Roche said.
‘Today’s announcement acknowledges those existing linkages and lays the foundation for greater cooperation between the organisations and their respective members.’
MICC President Travis Crowther said the program was a natural development in the relationship between two successful representative groups.
‘Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce has a proud history of supporting the city’s development and in challenging times for the mining industry, information is hard currency,’ he said.
‘The state government’s recent overturning of the ban on uranium mining in Queensland is good news for the North West but the industry’s resumption hinges on having all the boxes ticked in the area of supply chain capability.
‘The North West and its people are up to the challenge, and this formal connection with the QRC is another confidence booster,’ he said.
The Queensland Resources Council represents the interests of major resources developers and explorers in the North West including Glencore Copper, Glencore Zinc, Altona Mining, Anglo American Exploration, Areva Resources Australia, BHP Billiton Cannington, CopperChem, Minerals and Metals Group (MMG), Paladin Energy, Rockland Resources and Summit Resources.