Queensland takes axe to Natural Resources and Mines
The Queensland Government’s overhaul of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines will see the loss of 413 positions and around 360 retrenchments.
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the restructure minimises the impact on rural and regional Queensland and maintains investment in mine safety.
“I am satisfied that, in consultation with senior Departmental managers, our savings program will protect the frontline services this Department offers to all Queenslanders, and that we have minimised job losses in the bush.”
He said the majority of the job losses are in south-east Queensland.
“I’d also like to make it very clear there will be absolutely no loss of frontline mine safety and health officers from my Department, to ensure Queenslanders working in the resources sector remain protected by one of the world’s best mine safety systems.
“Instead we have identified savings in areas of the Department that had, under Labor, become fixated on over-regulating landholders in areas such as vegetation management and been drowning resource companies in red tape, rather than supporting sustainable economic growth.”