Opportunities for apprenticeships in Queensland could receive a boost, after the state government announced its plans to release land in the north-west region for the purpose of mineral explorations.
More than 2,000 square kilometres of land near Bedourie, located in the resource-rich North West Queensland Mineral Province, will be made available for surveying activities, minister for natural resources and mines Andrew Cripps said yesterday (February 28).
“We are committed to encouraging exploration in Greenfield sites to support a strong and robust Queensland resources industry and the jobs and economic benefits it delivers,” the minister remarked.
“Recent airborne geophysical and ground gravity survey data collected as part of the Queensland government’s $20 million Smart Exploration program has indicated the area is potentially rich in a range of minerals and rare earth elements.”
The land is currently located within a restricted area, which protects it from any exploration activities, however, the government’s decision means operators are now able to apply for permits to survey for minerals.
Mr Cripps said the strategic release of these restricted locations ensures that the successful applicants are selected through a rigid and fair assessment process.