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Resources 2030 Taskforce concludes first meeting

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The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the appointment of Resource Industry Network (RIN) General Manager Adrienne Rourke to the Federal Government’s Resources 2030 Taskforce.

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Rourke from the Mackay-based RIN was a tireless advocate for the resources sector who had worked extensively with engineering and technology firms to supply the operations of the coal rich Bowen Basin.

“Mackay is one of Australia’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) hubs, and Adrienne will bring extensive knowledge in how the resources sector can improve safety and efficiencies through new technologies.

“The resources sector in the Mackay region contributed AUS$7.6 billion to the Queensland economy last financial year, supported over 47 000 full time employees and is a leading region in the sector’s commitment to buying locally.”

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan set up the taskforce to ensure Australia’s resources sector competed internationally and to build community support domestically.

The Resources 2030 Taskforce met for the first time on 16 April and the members are: Andrew Cripps, former Queensland Minister for Natural Resources (Chair); Paul Flynn, CEO and Managing Director, Whitehaven Coal; Mike Henry, President Operations, Minerals Australia, BHP Billiton; Prof. Marcia Langton, Foundation Chair, Australian Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne; Joyce McCulloch, Mayor, Mount Isa City Council; Dr Chris Pigram, Chair of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development; Will Robinson, Managing Director, Encounter Resources Limited; Adrienne Rourke, General Manager, Resource Industry Network; and Erica Smyth, Chair, NOPSEMA Advisory Board.

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