Mining 'hub' to help Qld Govt work closely with companies

A COAL mining "assessment hub" has been created in Central Queensland as part of a Queensland Government effort to work closely with resource companies.

The Rockhampton office will be one of three, with its petroleum and gas counterpart located in Brisbane and its "mineral" equivalent in Townsville.

Staff manning these offices would traditionally have worked with mining companies when they lodged applications, but with the process now being shifted online, the government has opted to give corporations a little extra help.

Mines Minister Andrew Cripps told a Brisbane event this would make the process "much quicker for both industry and government".

The offices would now focus on land-access and community matters facing the mine companies.

How successful they are will depend on whether they can cut down how long it takes for projects to be approved, and how much time they are able to dispatch offices into the field.

Rockhampton already had a coal assessment team in place and its location in Central Queensland, a government spokeswoman said it was logical to base it there.



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