New resource partnership for Mackay region
The QRC signed the agreement with the Greater Whitsunday Council of Mayors.
It will include working together to push for royalties earnt from the Greater Whitsunday region to be reinvested within the region in support of local industry and communities.
“This MoU with the mayors of Mackay, Isaac and the Whitsundays regional councils recognises that the Mackay region will continue to be one of the most important contributors to the resources sector,” QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said.
“We want to maximise our partnerships with regional Queensland to ensure they benefit from the wealth they generate through primary industries such as mining.”
He said the resources sector had spent $3.4 billion over the last 12 months with 1,810 local businesses and 261 community organisations who are represented by these three mayors.
Whitsunday Regional Mayor Andrew Willcox said it was important that a fair share of royalties earned from the regions were reinvested locally.
“A recent study undertaken on behalf of GWCoMs shows that $10 billion in payroll tax and royalties are being earned by the State over a 20-year period,” he said.
“It is important that we stand united as community leaders and secure increased investment from those royalties for regional areas.”
Mackay Region Mayor Greg Williamson said partnering with industry was key.
“Together, councils representing local communities and QRC representing key industry, can achieve great things,’’ he said.
“It is important that we are all on the same page and working together on agreed outcomes which will benefit everyone, particularly local communities.”
The Greater Whitsunday produces 71 per cent of Queensland’s metallurgical coal and 31 per cent of Queensland’s thermal coal.
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