Resource Minister Senator Matt Canavan and the Minerals Council of Australia expected to spark industry controversy in Gladstone

Despite 77 mine lease applications and $2.3 Billion in approved projects ready to go in Central and Western Queensland, Resource Minister Senator Matt Canavan and the Minerals Council of Australia will deliver what other major projects are in the pipeline at GEA’s industry briefing on Friday.

Appearing at a Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) Industry Update on March 16, Senator Canavan is a strong supporter of the Adani Carmichael Mine and passionate about water security in Central Queensland. 

Senator Canavan will inform attendees about the ‘current state of the resources sector’ in Central and Western Queensland as well as what projects Gladstone’s resource industry should invest in including updates on the Adani Carmichael mine and the construction of Rockwood Weir.

The Minerals Council of Australia will inform attendees about the decline in mining investment in Australia and why governments across all tiers should invest in the industry as well as why Australia should support the Trans Pacific Partnership to stimulate mining and minerals investment.

GEA Chief Executive Officer Carli Homann said the GEA exists to strengthen Gladstone business and industry to enable continued sustainable economic growth in the Gladstone region and Senator Matt Canavan is an advocate of major infrastructure projects that could further develop the region.

“Senator Canavan is passionate that the Senate should strive to represent regional areas and has a strong view of how regional Queensland should develop into the future including water security,” Ms Homann said.

“His strong advocacy regarding the Rookwood Weir has pushed the project forward in terms of political support across the national and state stage; however, Senator Canavan also believes there are strong political factors at play which could send the Queensland resource sector spiralling into a downward slope.”

Ms Homann said presenting alongside Senator Matt Canavan will be the Minerals Council of Australia Director of Economics and Industry Policy Dr Matthew Steen.               

“MCA represents Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, nationally and internationally,” Ms Homann said.

“MCA have come under scrutiny within the resource sector recently in regard to their climate change policy and like Senator Canavan, MCA will discuss what the current 'state of affairs' within the resource sector looks like and the future of mineral exploration in Central and Western Queensland.”

The GEA Industry Update will be held at the Yaralla Sports Club on March 16 from 11.30am to 1.30pm – lunch included.  To book please go to and go to events.

Picture: Senator Matt Canavan.

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