The Queensland Government has announced the membership of the Uranium Implementation Committee tasked with establishing the best-practice framework for the recommencement of uranium mining in the State.


“The State Government has established an Implementation Committee to look at the orderly development and operation of a recommenced uranium mining and export industry in Queensland,” Premier Campbell Newman said.


The Implementation Committee will be chaired by Central Highlands Councillor, Paul Bell AM, who has just retired after serving eight years as President of the Local Government Association of Queensland. 


“Cr Bell has spent decades representing the mining communities of Central Queensland and understands what it takes to build a successful resources industry which benefits everybody” Mr Newman said.


Other members of the Uranium Implementation Committee will be:

  • Noeline Ikin, CEO Northern Gulf Resource Management Group
  • Frances Hayter, Environment Director, Queensland Resources Council
  • Dr Geoff Garrett, Queensland Government Chief Scientist and
  • Dan Hunt, Acting Director- General, Department of Natural Resources and Mines
  • Indigenous leader, Warren Mundine, Director of the Australian Uranium Association and a former ALP National President (subject to final confirmation).


Andrew Cripps, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines said the Committee had been asked to establish a framework for how a uranium mining and export industry can develop and operate in Queensland.


This framework will ensure that uranium mining recommences in Queensland with world best-practice environmental and safety standards, and will also attract significant investment to Queensland. 


“During its investigations between now and mid-March next year, the Committee will examine and make recommendations on a range of issues,” Mr Cripps said.


The Government has also released the Terms of Reference for the Committee, which will be made available here