The Premier has told parliament in Brisbane the North-West Minerals Province was critical not only to the Mount Isa region but to Queensland's economy.
Speaking on Wednesday, Annastacia Palaszczuk said this was why she took the cabinet to Mount Isa for a North-West Minerals Province summit last week where they met mayors and companies actively operating in the region.
"My government is committed to ensuring the North West Minerals Province is front and centre of meeting the growing demand for the minerals that we need for the future," the Premier said.
"As the world moves to low emission and renewable energy products such as solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and electric cars, minerals such as copper, lead, zinc, silver, gold, cobalt and rare earths have never been more important.
The Premier said much of the North West Minerals Province summit was devoted to an open forum, allowing an opportunity to identify issues important to mining companies, local governments and the regions.
"It was good to have all of those companies that came in to Mount Isa to have that meeting. The discussion was positive and constructive," she said..
"The North West Minerals Province strategy implementation plan, which my government released in Mount Isa, is underpinned by new funding.
This included $5 million for agricultural production, tourism and community strategies to support local economic development; $14.5 million for the drone test trial evaluation facility at Cloncurry and $13.8 million for the new economy minerals package to increase understanding of the geology of the region and to partner with companies in exploration work.
"This funding is in addition to the $110 million funded through the 2019-20 state budget to support mining in the North West Minerals Province," she said,
"We will continue to work with everybody in Mount Isa, and I thank the members of the Mount Isa community for allowing us to come into Mount Isa and for talking to us about the issues that matter to them."
The Premier also thanked member for Traeger Robbie Katter and former member for Mount Isa Tony McGrady for attending the summit.
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