A resources company investing in Wide Bay’s burgeoning minerals sector has lent a helping hand in the battle against COVID-19 by donating more than 1,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to the local community.

Australian company High Titanium Resources and Technology Limited (HTL) has been approved to develop the Wateranga deposit about 80km south-west of Bundaberg.

Already looking to its role as a local corporate citizen, HTL responded to the COVID-19 crisis by sourcing 1,080 bottles of hand sanitiser and donating them to Mundubbera-based North Burnett Community Services last month.

The agency then distributed the sanitiser to local shops and to citrus exporters and others in need across 6 towns in the North Burnett region.

HTL Chairman David Li said the company was very pleased to contribute to the local community during a challenging time.

‘HTL is committed to a long-term role in the Wide Bay region,’ he said.

‘We believe very strongly in the concept of contributing to the community, whether that’s through growing the local economy or lending a helping hand in other ways.

‘We saw a practical way we could help to fight the pandemic, and we were very pleased to work with government authorities and community organisations to get the sanitiser out to groups that could really use it.’

Principal Trade and Investment Officer Brett Tucker from TIQ Wide Bay Burnett said the TIQ team and colleague Richard Crook from the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation (DSDTI) had worked together to help ensure the sanitiser went where it would have most impact.

‘HTL, the community sector, TIQ and DSDTI all played their part to take a practical step for community benefit,’ he said.

‘I firmly believe this is an important part of our work as Queensland Government representatives in a regional community – helping to build bridges and develop long-term relationships.’

Mr Tucker said simple actions like these could have big benefits.

‘Much of the sanitiser has gone to small businesses and to local citrus farms that employ hundreds of pickers during the harvest,’ he said.

‘Helping them keep their workforce safe has major spinoff benefits in terms of the local community’s health.

‘Central Burnett citrus farms are large export clients and employers for Queensland, so we are pleased to see every support to those that are on the frontline managing COVID-19 risks.’

TIQ has been working with HTL to help attract international investment partners to its Wateranga project. The Wateranga deposit contains ilmenite, feldspar, apatite, muscovite, phlogopite, zircon, corundum and scandium. Potential uses for such minerals are in pigments, specialty metals and fertilisers.

HTL is also a member of the Wide Bay Burnett Resources Group – a body established to help coordinate and foster mining projects across the region.

Mineral resources are identified as one of Queensland’s major export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.