The Queensland Government has started a pilot programme in the Bowen Basin in an effort to create more than 3,000 mining technology jobs over the next decade.
Under the METS Ignited Bowen Basin cluster programme, companies in the region are collaborating to develop solutions to challenges for the mining industry. The programme was launched in Mackay and covers mining equipment, technology, and services.
Some of the challenges involve expediting the timeline of rehabilitation and remediation on operational mine sites, as well as installing environmental monitoring systems in underground operations in order to enhance health and safety of miners.
Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said: “Encouraging companies to collaborate to develop and commercialise solutions identified by Bowen Basin mining companies is one of the key actions of our Queensland METS ten-year roadmap and action plan.
“The programme 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.”
The roadmap and action plan are part of the state government’s A$420m ($325m) Advance Queensland initiative, aimed at generating jobs for local people supported by a A$7m ($5.43m) investment towards mining technology.
The programme is being jointly conducted by the Queensland Government and METS Ignited, which is an industry body.