Re­sources sec­tor con­sid­er­ing lo­cals

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

MEM­BERS of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment heard from the Re­gional Aus­tralia Net­work yes­ter­day, as part of the In­dus­try, In­no­va­tion, Science and Re­sources Com­mit­tee’s search for ways to en­cour­age min­ing in­vest­ment into lo­cal busi­nesses and peo­ple. Com­mit­tee chair Barn­aby Joyce said the com­mit­tee was look­ing for ideas on how to keep min­ing wealth in ru­ral ar­eas.

“Min­ing com­pa­nies spend a lot of money en­gag­ing con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers,” Mr Joyce said.

“If there’s a lo­cal com­pany that can do that work, they need to get a look in.

“We want to make sure the wealth gen­er­ated by min­ing isn’t just leav­ing on the trains out of town, and never seen again.”

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