‘Taking advantage of developing projects in the Wide Bay Burnett region’s mining sector will benefit not only the economy, but also the community.’

That was the message TIQ Global Investment Commissioner Ross Buchanan delivered during his presentation at the first regional meeting of the Wide Bay Burnett Resources Group (WBBRG) in October.

The meeting at the Bundaberg Multiplex Centre brought together resource sector leaders, local council members, government representatives, project advocates and industry groups.

Mr Buchanan attended the meeting to give a presentation on global partnerships and progressing foreign direct investments into local mining projects.

He said the meeting was a good first step towards bolstering support for mining operations in the region.

‘While the region is well known for its agriculture, there’s the potential to establish an even greater mining industry here as well,’ he said.

‘But to do that we need to support the smaller mines to create a “critical mass” in the region.

‘That will help not only help to attract spending on infrastructure, but also make it a more attractive proposition for providers of mining equipment, technology and services.

‘As North Burnett mayor Councillor Rachel Chambers has said, “Small mining projects are large regional opportunities”.’

The WBBRG, which normally meets in Brisbane, travelled to the region to help group members understand the region and the logistical issues faced by local mining companies.

Before meeting, they joined a site visits program coordinated by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP), supported by TIQ Bundaberg.

The tour took the visitors to a range of local projects, including the Evolution Mining and Sunstate Sands mines to hear about their experiences operating in the region firsthand.

After the meeting, the group visited the Port of Bundaberg, where Gladstone Ports Corporation manager Jason Pascoe updated them on infrastructure progress and site capacity for new mining projects, and tourism infrastructure projects.

The WBBRG was established in conjunction with DSDMIP to facilitate expansion of the mining sector in the Wide Bay Burnett region.

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