As the resources boom comes down from its peak, the Queensland government has been looking at other ways of boosting growth throughout the Sunshine State. This has come to fruition in the form of the State Infrastructure Plan, which was announced on March 13.
It contains a wide range of measures to facilitate growth, both within and without the quarrying and mining industries. It may open up many new pathways for businesses to build on and expand their resource and construction-based work.
Detailing the plan
"$500 million has been committed by the Queensland government to ongoing construction."
All in all, $500 million has been committed by the Queensland government to ongoing construction and growth. The bulk of this is going to roads developments, reaching from central Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast through to some of the northernmost communities in the state.
It is, relatively speaking, a short term plan, but one that could boost connectivity and growth for many parts of the quarrying industry. In fact, Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia (CCAA) specified as much when it submitted on this plan in late 2015.
In the December 4 submission, CCAA outlined the ways in which the infrastructure plan could benefit the quarrying industry. This included extending planning time frames to allow for the length of time it takes to plan and establish a quarry – nearly 10 years in certain cases.
Additionally, CCAA hoped for a reduction in red tape and approval periods, so that this planning process could in fact be made much faster. It estimates that, at the current rate of population growth, quarry materials will need to increase by 50 per cent in the next 20 years. But how does the infrastructure plan facilitate this?
By the numbers
CCAA notes the following breakdown of data regarding materials that the industry produces:
- 14,000 tonnes of material are required for every kilometre of highway
- Multi-unit high rise buildings can require as much as 1,000 kilograms of concrete per floor
- About 50 million tonnes of materials were produced by quarries in 2014
So clearly, helping to facilitate investment in the quarrying industry with good infrastructure will in turn help provide materials for future developments.
Quarrying companies play a crucial role in the ongoing development of Queensland, and will continue to do so even as the resources boom fades somewhat. Businesses need the right screening media, quarrying products and investment to continue growing. The government may help with the large-scale facilitation, but when it comes to using the right products, Locker Group is more than useful.