The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the appointment of Hon Keith Pitt MP as Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, following the resignation of Matt Canavan. The association will work closely with Mr Pitt and his ministerial colleagues in the Morrison Government to maintain the growth and success of Australia’s resources industry.
“Mr Pitt has been a strong advocate for the resources industry and the benefits it delivers regional communities like his. Representing regional Queensland as the Member for Hinkler, he’s lived and breathed our industry and is proud of it. He will bring passion and experience to this role,” said Tania Constable, MCA Chief Executive Officer.
Ms Constable noted that getting the policy settings right for the responsible and sustainable development of Australia’s mineral resources will create new jobs, strengthen regional communities and drive economic growth.
“The Australian minerals industry faces challenges including building the future minerals workforce through better delivery of training and education, reducing regulation and red tape for faster project approvals and more jobs and creating stronger regional communities through sustainable and responsible minerals development,” Ms Constable said.
“There are also immense opportunities from the growing global demand for steel, energy and critical minerals. Australia’s minerals industry can supply the resources to meet this demand with an unwavering commitment to sustainability, community engagement, rehabilitation and greenhouse gas reduction,” she said.