QLD swears in new resources safety minister

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane congratulates new Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Scott Stewart. (L-R) Image: Queensland Resources Council.

The Queensland Government has welcomed Scott Stewart as the new Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Stewart’s ministerial role includes overseeing the Resources Safety and Health Queensland as former minister Anthony Lynham announced his retirement from the role in October.

Stewart, who hails from a key mining city in north Queensland, Townsville, is eager have regional Queensland’s mining hotspots lead the post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

Stewart has lived and worked in Townsville for more than 15 years and is a former educator, having been the principal of several local schools.

“There’s plenty to be done and I can’t wait to get started,” Stewart said.

“The people of north Queensland are backing me to make sure we get our resources really working, particularly for north Queensland.

“We love our resources and we will work them hard because we know this is a pathway back to our economic recovery and it’s a major employer of people in my region.”

Shortly after being sworn in by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Stewart was welcomed to the role by Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane.

“I had the opportunity to congratulate Stewart on his elevation to cabinet … and assure him of the QRC’s commitment to work closely with him and his cabinet colleagues to strengthen the resources sector,” Macfarlane said.

“This plan will be a joint effort, between industry and the government to chart future growth, jobs and opportunities in the resources sector.”

The Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan is targeting industry growth, unlocking new resources, capitalising on clean energy opportunities, lowering power costs, continuation of the abandoned mines program, reviewing regulatory processes and facilitating access to Queensland ports, rail and electricity infrastructure.