THE North West Queensland Mineral Province will be included in a study reviewing the Northern Territory’s energy security, if the Coalition is elected in the upcoming federal election.
In a statement released last week, the Coalition announced plans to fund a $1 million Northern Territory Gas Study, which would identify gas supply issues across the Northern Territory, including a pipeline between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa.
Shadow minister for energy and resources Ian Macfarlane said energy security in Australia’s north was crucial in supporting economic growth.
“While energy security is an issue for Australians, it’s of particular concern in the north-west of Queensland, where future growth, investment and jobs require a secure, reliable and affordable energy supply,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“If we want a growing economy and boosted productivity, it’s essential that we put the expansion of the energy and resources sector on the right footing.”
The planned study coincides with the Coalition’s plan to scrap the carbon and mining taxes, reduce red tape on new projects and raise exports in northern Australian from $96 billion to $150bn.