Bowen Basin mining and support companies and businesses will collaborate to find solutions to challenges facing the industry as a new program is launched in Mackay today.
State Development Minister Anthony Lynham says the pilot METS Ignited Bowen Basin Cluster Program is aimed at encouraging companies to collaborate to develop and commercialize solutions identified by Bowen Basin mining companies.
He says this is one of the key actions of the Queensland METS ((mining equipment, technology and services) 10-year Roadmap and Action Plan.
The program is a joint initiative between the Queensland Government and METS Ignited.
METS Ignited is an industry-led, government-funded, Growth Centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.
“The program offers an opportunity for companies that have complementary skills and expertise to collaborate to solve real business problems, to deliver more long-term jobs and business opportunities for regional Queenslanders.”
Challenges, which collaboration between the industries have previously tackled, include accelerating the timeline of rehabilitation and remediation on operational mine sites and installing environmental monitoring systems in underground operations to improve health and safety of miners.
Local miners will identify their challenges, and local mining technology companies will collaborate on innovative solutions to bolster the North Queensland economy.
Queensland’s mining, equipment and technology sector contributes $7 billion to the economy each year and employs almost 20,000 people and has huge potential for further domestic growth and even greater expansion overseas.
Applications for the program through www.metsignited.organd close on 30 October 2017.