State Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has called for urgent action after Glencore threatened to wind up its copper operations in Mount Isa, which could cost 2000 local jobs.
“If Glencore can’t commit to Mount Isa, they need to stand aside and let someone else build a business out of this incredible resource, which has at least another 30 to 40 years of operation in it,” Robbie said.
“The community and I have worked very hard to support Glencore to make sure they have had every opportunity to create a long-term, profitable future in Mount Isa,” Robbie said.
“We want Glencore to stay in Mount Isa. Local Glencore management understands the important relationship between the mine and the community. We hope that message is being sent up the chain and understood by global management.”
Robbie is calling on the Government to urgently meet with Glencore to make sure the Queensland State Government is doing everything it can to secure these critical jobs in Mount Isa.
“As the Member for Mount Isa representing thousands of people who this affects, I believe it’s important I play a strong role in those discussions and make sure my constituents are being looked after,” he said.
“There is a world class resource which Glencore currently has rights to, and if they don’t want to use it, they should get out of the way and let someone else in who will,” Robbie said.
“After all the community support Mount Isa has shown Glencore, this is a real spit in the face,” Robbie said.
Robbie said Glencore’s announcement it could wind up its copper operations was symptomatic of an environment terrible for investment.
“We need stronger energy and infrastructure policies that give businesses the confidence they can invest here for the long term. We also need to hold our own, and hold businesses to account to meet their obligations to the community.”