The Mount Isa branch of the Australian Labor party has called for a campaign to promote Queensland's mining industry.
Branch president Lesley-Ann Peterson said at their August meeting members expressed concerns at attacks on the mining industry by a vocal minority.
"We have resolved to mount a campaign where we require ambassadors whose role would be to promote, encourage and when required defend this vital industry," Ms Peterson said.
The branch appointed former Queensland Mines Minister and Mayor of Mount Isa Tony McGrady and former Traeger ALP candidate Danielle Slade to lead a campaign to counter what they called "unjust attacks on this vital Industry which is a wealth creator and job provider".
"For far too long we have sat back and allowed the opponents of our industry to dictate the political agenda," Mr McGrady said.
"Mining is the job provider and wealth creator, it creates training and educational opportunities for so many people, its an excellent example of decentalisation and the royalties our state government receive from the industry helps to pay for services.
Danielle Slade said she was eager to become involved in this campaign.
"Its time to remind those people who are eager to get their pitch forks out and dominate the political agenda the royalties and tax dollars of the mining industry is keeping Queensland and Australia economically strong," Ms Slade said.
"We simply cannot afford to allow these opponents of our Industry to destroy it and the jobs and prosperity which it provides."
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