QRC throws support behind cross border commission

The Queensland Resources Council is putting its weight behind cross-border cooperation with the Northern Territory.

QRC’s policy director for economics and infrastructure Andrew Barger was in town for the Mount Isa Tennant Creek Border Commission meeting this week where he presented some of the resource opportunities of the region between Mount Isa and Tennant Creek.

“The gas pipeline coming across (from the Northern Territory) will bring a new supply of energy for the region,” Mr Barger said.

“There is also a feasibility study for the rail link and again that opens up another logistics opportunity to bring materials in and out of the region.”

Mr Barger said the progression of these project would remove important barriers for existing businesses any new operations.

“Any explorer in the region that finds some good resources knowing that you have a good opportunity to get energy and get materials in and out makes your business case much more compelling”.

Any explorer in the region that finds some good resources knowing that you have a good opportunity to get energy and get materials in and out makes your business case much more compelling

Andrew Barger

Mr Barger said the QRC’s role was to be the voice of the industry.

“We want to take back what we are hearing from local companies and take that to George St to ensure the Queensland government understand the opportunities don’t necessarily stop at the border,” he said.

“The geology runs right through to Tennant Creek and the business opportunities do as well.”

Mr Barger said the North West Mineral Province Strategic Blueprint was an important part of the puzzle as the Queensland government perspective.

“They are providing grants to innovative companies to explore under cover and that’s a really important part of the growth of the region,” he said.