Economic growth the focus of workshops

STRENGTHENED supply chain systems and economic growth are the focus of a series of workshops planned for key resource regions of Gladstone, Roma and Emerald as well as other centres across the state.

The series of workshops form part of the State Government's 30-year ResourcesQ vision.

Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps, talking at a forum in Brisbane on Friday, said the future of Queensland's resources sector needs to be supported by a strong and responsive government with a solid plan.

"This is the first time a state-level strategic visioning and action plan process has been undertaken for the resources sector in Queensland," he said.

"Queensland's resources sector is worth $37.9 billion, contributes one in every four dollars to the state economy and supports one in five jobs, including across the resources industry supply chains.

"The flow-on impacts from the resources sector to other industries, generated through both supply chain purchases and household consumption, is almost equal to the sector at $37.8 billion."

Mr Cripps said it was important that everyone in the resources sector had a voice in setting the strategic direction for the next 30 years with additional workshops planned for Cairns, Mount Isa, Gladstone, Roma and Emerald.

"I am committed to seeing Queensland's resources industry continue as a world leader, so it is imperative we have broad consultation across the sector and ensure industry has the opportunity to voice its opinion," he said.

"These regional workshops will be crucial to gathering valuable on-the-ground attitudes from businesses and communities in key resource regions."



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