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Port privatisation could be good for region: resources chief

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche. Contributed

QUEENSLAND Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche says the privatisation of Gladstone's port could deliver a "good outcome" for the region.

But Mr Roche said the state needed to consult with industry before making a decision.

Visiting Gladstone on Wednesday, Mr Roche also advised locals not to jump the gun about the privatisation of ports and wait for a State Government announcement.

"As long as (the state government) talks to us...I think we can get a good outcome for the state and for Gladstone and a good outcome for the resources sector," Mr Roche said.

"We need to understand what our position will be in this important port."

Gladstone LNP member Ken O'Dowd refused to comment on whether he thought the port would be privatised in the near future.

"Give us proof that it's going to happen, if it's going to happen," Mr O'Dowd said.

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Gail Sellers voiced her concerns about the issue in the council meeting a month ago.

Cr Sellers said the Gladstone Ports Corporation was the most important piece of infrastructure in central Queensland, and a private provider would focus on profit and not maximise trade growth.

During his visit, Mr Roche also announced the findings of a state-wide opinion poll, which found more than 80% of people supported ongoing development in the minerals and energy sector.

The statistics come on top of a Newspoll released on Wednesday which found 96% of Australians supported the mining and construction industry.

"We are not taking Queenslanders support for granted," Mr Roche said.

How we view the mining industry:

  • 80% public support for ongoing development of the minerals and energy sector.
  • Four out of five people support the resources sector.
  • Two out of three people have a favourable or neutral view about the gas sector.
  • People are more positive about the coal and mining sector.

Topics:  gladstone ports corporation, gladstone regional council, queensland resources council



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