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    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Regional forum sees bright future in Queensland’s North West

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    Regional forum sees bright future in Queensland’s North West

    The state’s economic capabilities in the North West were on display today at a key regional forum in Mount Isa, with government and industry leaders mapping the next wave of resource development and new industry for the area.

    Speaking from the North West Futures Forum in Mount Isa, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick highlighted key State Government priorities including the Works for Queensland Program and its relationship to A Strategic Blueprint for Queensland’s North West Minerals Province.

    “We have already seen the Works for Queensland Program create 10,000 jobs in regional Queensland, including in the North West,” he said.

    “More than 307 Back to Work jobs have also been created in the North West region.

    “We are also supporting the north west region through the Remote Area Boards (RABs), unlocking job opportunities from the Gulf Savannah Development and the Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone.

    “We have boosted funding to RABs by $2.25 million to continue fostering long-term economic planning by identifying business opportunities and encouraging development and investment.”

    Mr Dick said the Palaszczuk Government’s four-year strategic blueprint for the North West Minerals Province is well into its second year.

    “Next year the Government will review the progress of implementation of the strategic blueprint. This review will provide an opportunity to fine-tune implementation to ensure it remains responsive to changing regional needs,” he said.

    “While the North West Minerals Province has been a resources powerhouse for the better part of the last century, it will always face pressure from the changing nature of global commodity prices.

    “The forum is a useful tool to discuss ways the North West Minerals Province can harness its regional strengths of resources, agriculture, tourism, business and industry sectors, as highlighted in the strategic blueprint.

    “There is growing interest in technology minerals and the reprocessing of mine tailings and we are looking at ways to further link up with the METS sector to identify new technologies to extract minerals from these tailings.

    “We are also investigating the potential for new aquaculture industries to capitalise on the region’s valuable fisheries and established supply chain, and we are looking at ways to boost the region’s tourism industry by tapping and building on the region’s digital capabilities to remind the world of the beauty of the Outback.”

    For more information on the blueprint visit: www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/nwmp

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