THE state government is unable to pin-point a time when uranium mining will commence after another company was granted tenements to begin exploration in the north west.
Energia Minerals was granted two tenements covering almost 600 square kilometres, adjacent to the Westmoreland uranium deposit, 400 kilometres north of Mount Isa.
However, it is unknown when uranium mining will be able to commence in the state after the ban was lifted in October.
Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter recently put a Question on Notice to Premier Campbell Newman, asking for a definitive timeframe for uranium production, for economic and industry certainty.
The Queensland Premier was unable to specify a time.
"The committee is to prepare a report, containing its recommendations, which will be delivered to the government by mid-March 2013," he said in response.
"Until the committee's report is received, I cannot pre-empt any recommendations that the committee may make on how to deliver this critical framework for economic investment, jobs and prosperity to the state."
The government's five-member uranium implementation committee, which will report to the government next March, will recommend a best practice policy framework for the recommencement of uranium mining and export in Queensland.