New resources boom to create thousands of good jobs in regional Queensland
With minerals below the ground and renewable energy above the ground, Queensland is a resource superpower, positioned to lead the clean energy revolution.
The energy transition is driving massive demand for the raw materials needed to decarbonise our economy. If the world is to reach net zero sustainably, Queensland’s critical minerals must be mined.
North Queensland has the largest renewable energy zone on the east coast of Australia, with world-leading solar and wind resources alongside mineral resources.
In the Bowen Basin, new renewable projects are being developed to produce green hydrogen, supported by the infrastructure built for our mining industry.
The Queensland Critical Minerals Strategy oversees $245 million of investment to unlock significant critical minerals resources to accelerate growth in the sector.
The Queensland Government wants to go beyond just digging and shipping raw materials to processing and refining critical minerals on-shore and manufacturing high value products like batteries and solar panels.
Planning has begun on the $75 million Queensland Resources Common User Facility in Townsville that will allow critical mineral developers to prove their product’s quality and their project’s credentials to the market.
The strategy will future proof the next generation of jobs in Queensland, diversifying and decarbonising our economy, and ensuring Queensland’s future sustainable economic prosperity.