The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) looks forward to working constructively with the new Turnbull Government Ministry and Cabinet. The new Cabinet sees Queensland well represented with three champions of regional communities.
QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Council already had a strong working relationship with Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator Matt Canavan.
"Matt is a very vocal supporter of the resources sector in Queensland especially jobs in regional economies. I know many of our members appreciate his stance on issues which need a determined voice," Mr Macfarlane said.
"I congratulate Dr John McVeigh on his appointment as Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government. John is a true believer in the importance of the regions to the wider Australian economy.
"It’s no surprise that David Littleproud has been recognised for his abilities by the Prime Minister with Mr Littleproud appointed Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in his first term. The resources sector works side by side with farmers to the benefit of all and we look forward to working with Mr Littleproud.
"As always the QRC calls for all governments to stand-up for the resources sector and the high-skilled and well-paid jobs which lift the standard of living for everyone. Only yesterday the sector’s fiscal value in Queensland was demonstrated with coal royalties forecast to reach $414 million above the 2017-18 Queensland budget forecast or $3.16 billion forecast over the financial year. These revenues build the hospitals, schools and police stations across the state to the benefit of all Queenslanders"
Last financial year the sector generated $55.1 billion in economic prosperity for the state and achieved this contribution while using only 0.1 per cent of Queensland’s land mass.