QRC calls on resources communities to dig deep and get the jab

  • Posted 28 October, 2021
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28 October

Queensland’s peak mining body has called on resources communities to dig deep and get the jab this week-end.

Speaking in Rockhampton today, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said low vaccination rates in regional areas were extremely worrying.

“I know it’s not as easy to get vaccinated if you live in a remote area, and for many it might be a long drive, but the opening of Queensland’s border to vaccinated people from hot spots on December 17 means time is running out for people to protect themselves and their communities,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“People who aren’t vaccinated are at higher risk of contracting or passing on Covid-19, and it’s our most vulnerable who pay the heaviest price if they are exposed to the virus.”

Mr Macfarlane, who is in Rockhampton today to address Capricorn Enterprise’s Major Projects Forum, said the outlook for Central Queensland’s resources industry and mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector is very bright.

“Increasing global demand for Queensland commodities and raw materials, and our sector’s willingness to actively pursue and adopt new technologies to reduce our carbon emissions, means regions like Central Queensland will continue to be the engine room of the state economy for decades to come,” he said.

“Regional centres play a critical role in providing the innovation and expertise needed to keep our sector operating at a high level, and there are plenty of growth opportunities ahead.

“Our industry knows local suppliers are more likely to understand the high-tech needs of our sector, and that having reliable access to local goods and services can reduce supply chain risks, which has been especially important during the pandemic.

“Working with local suppliers also helps our companies reduce transport costs and fuel consumption, which is better for the environment and adds to the long-term sustainability of resources communities.”

Mr Macfarlane said a draft QRC report due for release next month shows Queensland resources companies are spending more money than ever before on locally supplied goods and services, and much less on international purchases.

“The data is showing QRC member companies spent $26.7 billion in 2019-20, which equates to four out of every five resources dollars being spent on businesses located in Queensland,” he said.

“That’s almost 20 percent more than the $22.4 billion our industry spent with businesses in Queensland in 2018-19.”

By comparison, the QRC’s latest data shows resources companies spent considerably less on internationally-sourced goods and services in 2019-20.

“It looks like our sector spent $600 million less on international goods and services in 2019-20 compared to the previous year, falling from $1.1 billion to $500 million,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“This is a strong improvement, and a clear sign Queensland’s resources supply chain is maturing, which comes as no surprise to our CEOs.

“Our sector’s focus is on building the capabilities of local supply chains to deliver greater opportunities for Queensland suppliers than ever before, with more growth to come,” he said.

“We want local suppliers to have a fair and reasonable opportunity to participate in our sector’s growth and prosperity, because that’s what’s best for our businesses, is best for resources communities and is best for Queensland.”