Queensland lifts restrictions on resource-rich area

MORE land will be opened up to mining after the Queensland Government lifted restrctions on 2364sqkms of land about 500km south of Mt Isa, near the Queensland-Northern Territory border.

These plots were restricted from mining, despite being top resource areas, as a way for successive Queensland governments to progressively release them to the industry.

For Mines Minster Andrew Cripps, the time is right.

Mineral explorers will now make applications to further analyse the possibilities of the land, through a competitive process

Three blocks, known as Restricted Area 351, 353 and 354, will all be released.

According to documents released by the government, these areas are likely to be rich in "world-standard copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver and phosphate resources".

"We are committed to encouraging exploration in (new) sites to support a strong and robust Queensland resources industry and the jobs and economic benefits it delivers," Mr Cripps said.

Would-be mineral explorers can start lodging their applications from July 8.



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