Support for the Mount Isa community is on its way following ongoing discussions between KAP Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter and the Premier.
Following Mr Katter’s advocacy in Queensland Parliament the Premier today committed to working with the member to “unlock new economic development opportunities”.
“The outlook for meaningful solutions seems good, we hope to launch into immediate discussions about state charges and other initiatives to stabilise employment and stimulate mining in the region,” Mr Katter said.
“Right now, the difficulties that are being experienced in the Mount Isa economy are a result of the downturn in the mining industry, and a lot of that downturn is occurring and flowing through to the whole north-west.
“I think the loss of those Glencore jobs is a wake-up call for Queensland,” he said.
Working with the Premier, Mr Katter hopes there will be an announcement for practical solutions in the immediate future.
“Queensland wants a signal from the government – regardless of what the deficit or debt is, they want to see affirmative action from the government and involving itself to create opportunities for jobs and industry.”
“Securing essential infrastructure initiatives like the Western Roads Upgrade Program is my priority.
“Programs like these ensure jobs remain in the electorate,” he said.
Mr Katter warned similar scenarios to last week’s job losses in Glencore’s zinc operations will soon be felt throughout the state if a focus isn’t placed on industry burdens such as rail fees and royalties.
“The majority of the jobs throughout the north-west of Queensland in the mining industry are held by fly-in fly-out workers which means the losses affect far more than Mount Isa,” Mr Katter said.
“These losses should be a shot of reality for the government.”