The Palaszczuk Government will look to partner with some of Queensland’s biggest mining companies to create a Resources Community Infrastructure Fund.
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the voluntary fund would be targeted at improving economic and social infrastructure across Queensland’s resources communities.
“The Palaszczuk Government backs the resources industry and we back the jobs and communities that industry is built on,” Ms Trad said.
“We acknowledge and are grateful for the investment resource companies already make in the communities in which they operate,” Ms Trad said.
“Now we want to supplement that investment through a partnership between government and industry to invest even more in regional communities, for the workers and their families who live there.
To get the Resources Community Infrastructure Fund rolling, we will invest $30 million, and we’re looking for contributions from mining companies on a voluntary basis.
“The Premier met some of our biggest metallurgical coal customers over the last two days on her trade mission to Japan, and today I met mining companies here in Brisbane.
We can do this because we have relationships with these mining companies that stretch back up to half a century, and because we are always looking for new and better ways to deliver better infrastructure to our resource communities.”
The Deputy Premier said her meeting with major mining companies had been very productive.
“Today’s discussions have been an important and positive step and I look forward to further discussions with the industry to make this Fund a reality.”
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Jackie Trad