Townsville Enterprise are continuing their tour of important mining concerns in North West Queensland.
After two days in Mount Isa, Townsville Enterprise CEO Claude Brumme-Smith went to Cloncurry and then on to Ernest Henry Mine.
In her Day 3 video diary of the road trip Ms Brumme-Smith spoke to Traeger MP Robbie Katter in Mount Isa and resources minister Scott Stewart, who was also visiting Ernest Henry Mine.
Ms Brumme-Smith said Ernest Henry was the home of the processing plant for 28mt of copper ore before it went on to the smelter in Mount Isa and then the refinery in Townsville and onto the Port of Townsville for export.
"What I love about this facility is that it is common user infrastructure, here Glencore processes third party product " Ms Brumme-Smith said.
The video also features an interview with Traeger MP Robbie Katter talking about the challenges in growing Northern Australia.
"You need rail, electricity, links to the port and water, you can see the ground out here, not much grows without it," Mr Katter said.
"The water comes in one hit during the monsoonal season and if you don't store that then it's gone."
Mr Katter said if the costs of water, transport and energy were too high, "we're not in the game and people are going to go elsewhere in the world".
"The bulk of product should be on the rail and the fact you've got a million tonnes on the road shows there's a problem," he said.
Ms Brumme-Smith said they were catching up in Cloncurry on Tuesday evening with mayors along the Flinders Hwy corridor.
The following day they were driving via Julia Creek and Richmond to Hughenden to check out other projects in the region.
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