A much-needed boost for Christmas is how member for the area, Robbie Katter is describing the State Government’s multi-million-dollar announcement to stimulate jobs and the economy in North Queensland.
Mr Katter says Mount Isa Mines is the foundation for many other businesses in the North – outlined by being named in 2009, to have made the most significant contribution to the State’s economy since 1859.
“This is the result of many months of high level discussions with the Government and Mike Westerman from MIM and I see it as the first step in a program to significantly add to the mine life and at the very least ensures the copper smelter stays open until 2022 in Mount Isa.”
Mr Katter says the benefits of the assistance for the mining industry would be wide-ranging.
“It also assists with keeping the copper refinery in Townsville open, with Mount Isa Mines starting to smelt concentrate from other mines in the region it will have a positive flow-on effect as well.”
“It’s also key to ensuring we can keep high volumes of product on the rail line.”