Qld moves to resume uranium mining
The Queensland Government is moving ahead with plans to restart uranium mining in the state, with a committee handing Cabinet a report that makes 40 recommendations on the matter.
Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps says an inter-departmental committee will be set up to consider the findings.
"This group will submit a draft report to the Resources Cabinet Committee outlining an implementation strategy for the recommendations, including identification of any budget implications and necessary legislative changes," he said.
"We will also establish a Uranium Mining Stakeholder Committee comprising representatives from local governments, Indigenous groups, industry, environment and natural resource management groups in accordance with the report's recommendations."
Mr Cripps would not specify a timeline for implementing the findings.
Uranium was last mined in Queensland in 1982 near Mount Isa in the state's north-west.
It was banned by a Labor state government seven years later.
View the Uranium Mining Implementation Committee's report here.
Committee chair Paul Bell says they have also recommended the development of environmental conditions specifically for uranium mining.
"There is a basic framework there in place now to provide a very safe and a very good place for people to not only work but certainly for communities to be ensured that safety in transport is now being able to be maintained in this industry," he said.
Mr Cripps says jobs will be a flow-on from the resumption of uranium mining.
"Particularly for regional and rural communities in Queensland, job opportunities and in particular to Indigenous communities in rural and remote areas of this state," he said.
The Queensland Resources Council says the community is on board with uranium mining because of the new investment and work it will create.