Something old; something new: jobs flow as mine ‘recycled’
Jobs and a new export product are flowing as a $50 million New Century Resources project brings new life to a former north-west Queensland mine.
The project includes the mine site at Lawn Hill, where New Century re-processes zinc tailings, a 304 kilometre pipeline to transport zinc slurry, and a port facility at Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Major Irrigated Agricultural Development Project a big boost for NWQ
Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has declared Flinders Shire Council’s proposed 918-hectare irrigated agricultural development a coordinated project, to create jobs and drive sustainable economic activity in the region.
The proposed 15 Mile Irrigated Agricultural Development Project on the banks of the Flinders River near Hughenden has the potential to create an initial 60-hectares of irrigated land for table grapes and 60-hectares of citrus crops for market.
Federal election on the agenda as north west Queensland councils set course for the future
Leaders from the eight councils of North West Queensland will meet in Karumba on 7 – 8 August, renewing their drive to shape the future of the region ahead of the next federal election.
NWQROC Chair, and Mayor of Carpentaria Shire Council, Cr Jack Bawden said the meeting marked a pivotal point for NWQROC as the region’s importance on state and national agendas continued to grow. “Through NWQROC we’re putting locals in the driver’s seat to ensure that North West Queensland is in the best position to be heard and to take advantage of growing opportunities."
Almost 60% of Queensland has united to call on the Federal Government to increase overall funding for local government
Almost 60% of Queensland has united to call on the Federal Government to increase overall funding for local government and to put in place targeted funding programs for rural and remote councils.
The 21 councils ranging from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the New South Wales border, generate $9.35B of the State’s Gross Product from 1.3 per cent of the Queensland’s population.
This contribution, coming from the resources and agricultural sectors, is 2.2 times per capita above the Queensland average, demonstrating the value of the Western Queensland regions to the State and national economies.
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