Resources to benefit from landmark government partnership

QUEENSLAND'S resources sector will benefit from a landmark partnership agreement between the government and resource industry leaders.

Premier Campbell Newman said the agreement would set out key actions to help drive economic growth and to create jobs across the state's resources sector.

"This agreement builds on the ResourcesQ initiative which will create a 30-year vision and action plan for Queensland," he said.

"It will deliver a strong plan to ensure that Queensland's resources industry is supported for decades to come.

"Key elements of the agreement include a new Resources Skills Centre of Excellence and a government 'one-stop-shop' for the resource industry."

Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said the agreement identified a joint initiative between industry and government to make the state a global hub for skills and innovation in the resources sector.

"We need to develop and grow Queensland into a world-leading mining jurisdiction and we plan to do so by examining the options to develop a Resources Skills Centre of Excellence," he said.

"This centre will act as a global hub to co-ordinate, plan, facilitate, promote, lead and deliver resources sector skilling and innovation in partnership with quality education and training providers.

"We will also look at including resource industry skills in the school curriculum and the possibility of a flagship school in Brisbane that builds on the role of the existing Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy."

Association of Mining and Exploration Companies regional manager Bernie Hogan said he was pleased the government was committed to working with industry for the long-term benefit of the sector in Queensland.

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