NORTH West Queensland continues to miss out on millions of dollars in new investment and hundreds of jobs as the state’s ban on uranium mining remians in place.
Uranium mining advocate Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady said he was frustrated at the lack of justification for the ban.
“Every other state and territory in Australia is involved with uranium and we are the odd ones out,” he said.
“I believe uranium to be safe, green, and it will create jobs.”
Cr McGrady believed the state was missing out on a market which the rest of the world was embracing.
He warned that without state government support, investors would turn to other state and countries allowing uranium mining.
A spokeswoman for Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the Newman Government was aware of a range of strong opinions in the resources sector and across the community regarding uranium.
“The reality is that uranium mining has not been the subject of a serious public discussion in Queensland for many years but the issue has recently been raised by some members of the community,” she said.
“There is also a generation of Queenslanders who have never experienced or contributed to this debate.
“The government is keen to hear all views.”
Exploration manager of Perth-based Summit Resources John Jory has been involved in a $40 million local exploration for uranium.
“It’s not a matter for us to decide when and if this mining goes ahead,” he said.
“It needs to be thrown out there for public discussion and the issue needs some major support.”
Mr Jory said if the ban was lifted, they will go ahead with plans to develop an economic process to recover the uranium, followed by attempts to secure multiple environmental permits and funding from major banks or external investors.
Mr Jory said it would take more than three years to start recovering uranium, but eventually it would offer hundreds of jobs in the region.
Summit Energy’s major shareholder Paladin Energy recently said it was now targeting a uranium project in Canada ahead of its prospects near Mount Isa.
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