ROBBIE Katter will continue the push for maximum local involvement as one of the world’s biggest zinc mines moves towards production.
The State Member for Mount Isa visited MMG’s Dugald River mine near Cloncurry recently, for the first time since construction of the project has commenced.
Mr Katter toured the site and engaged with senior mine representatives about how locals must benefit from the project.
Joined by Cloncurry Mayor Greg Campbell, the pair highlighted the need for local workers and contractors.
“There was constructive discussion about the role locals must play as the mine ramps up towards production,” he said.
“There’s a 24-year mine life and it’s a priority that the North West advantages during that period.”
Mr Katter has discussed the best way to enhance local procurement with Cr Campbell at Dugald River and any other mining projects in the region.
“Cloncurry Mayor Greg Campbell is very focussed on ensuring that the most is made out of Dugald River for the betterment of the community,” he said.
“There are a number of mining projects in the region which we must continue pushing for maximum local involvement.”
“There is also an opportunity for the skilled workforce of Mount Isa-based workers and contractors to be involved in future mining projects.”
Mr Katter said State Government assistance for the project should translate into stimulating the local economy and jobs market.
“Given the Minister has granted prescribed project status for Dugald River, we would expect some checks into how the local communities are benefiting,” he said.
“I fully welcome any assistance the Government can give to boost mining projects but the bottom line is that it must be of benefit to locals.”
“We know that the region needs a shot in the arm for jobs and training opportunities and look forward to this occurring as Dugald River works towards production.”