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New phosphate mine gets green light

The Queensland Government has granted mining leases to a major phosphate mine, which is expected to create 445 jobs.

The Queensland Government has granted mining leases to a major phosphate mine, which is expected to create 445 jobs.

North West Phosphate’s Paradise South complex is located 130 kilometres northwest of Mount Isa.

Phosphorous is predominantly used in the production of fertiliser for agriculture, but is also an important ingredient in batteries and other technologies needed as the world moves towards a decarbonised economy.

Resources and Critical Minerals Minister Scott Stewart said the North West Mineral Province will continue to be a key driver in Queensland’s economy.

“Phosphorous is an important product not only in the agriculture sector but is also needed for the technologies the world will adopt as it moves to a net zero economy,” Stewart said.

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“That is why the Commonwealth Government has added phosphorous to its new Strategic Materials list.

“We are backing the development of projects like this and the North West Minerals Province through support like our Collaborative Exploration Initiative program and our $5 billion investment in Copperstring.”

North West Phosphate intends to use local services which will provide a boost to the northwest Queensland economy.

North West Phosphate executive chairman John Cotter said the company has worked closely with the State Government in bringing the complex project to fruition in the North West.

“A big thank you to the Queensland Government for the support they have provided us to date and for their ongoing commitment to the North West Region – keeping and growing jobs in the North West is a priority for all of us,” Cotter said.

“We know that the Mt Isa community is relying on us to deliver local jobs and local opportunities and we will continue to work with the Queensland Government to get this project off the ground as soon as possible.

“As many in the North West region would know, this project was first talked about decades ago, but it is the cutting edge project design underpinned by world class technology that has been put together by the North West Phosphate project team that will make sure this project becomes a reality.”

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