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    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    Minister meets miners and suppliers in Mackay

    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Minister meets miners and suppliers in Mackay

    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, has committed to review legislation and regulation for junior miners as part of the Newman Government’s six month plan.

    Speaking at a central Queensland mining conference in Mackay, Mr Cripps today said he was committed to lowering application costs and streamlining applications to encourage investment in the junior mining sector.

    “Exploration today helps discover the mineral and petroleum resources that deliver the mines and jobs of tomorrow,” Mr Cripps said.

    “The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows Queensland attracted a record $1.434 billion in exploration expenditure during the 12 months to 31 March 2012.

    “Coal and petroleum exploration in Queensland dominated; attracting $1.184 billion of the total. $1.434 billion invested.

    “This ongoing strong performance means Queensland accounted for approximately 21 per cent of all exploration activity in Australia over the 12 months to March.”

    Mr Cripps said his commitment to junior miners was just one of the Newman Government’s clear delivery targets over the next six months.

    Some of the six months targets that will interest the resources sector include:

    • Review legislation and regulation for junior miners to lower application costs.
    • Deliver legislation to support the Gasfields Commissioner.
    • Publish new guidelines to support our royalties for regions program, and receive and assess applications under royalties for regions.
    • Finalise a revised coal seam gas water management policy.
    • Complete Galilee and Surat Basin infrastructure plans and progress the Surat Basin Rail Project.
    • Progress a port strategy as part of a strategic assessment for the Great Barrier Reef.

    “It has been a busy first 100 Days in Government. I believe the Newman LNP Government has achieved a great deal,” Mr Cripps said.

    “We have taken some strong steps forward, but our term is three years and I am determined to take every opportunity between now and then to deliver a great deal more positive change for Queenslanders.”

    [ENDS] 24 July 2012

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