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'One window' plan to develop mining projects

THE Queensland Government has unveiled a new 30-year plan for the resources industry that will ultimately make it easier for mining projects to be developed.

ResourcesQ is a joint plan where the Queensland Government and Queensland Resources Council will each contribute $1 million.

Premier Campbell Newman revealed the plan at QRC's annual State of the Sector forum on Friday.

He said the plan included creating "one window" for State Government departments to provide a coordinated service for developing resource projects.

There also will be a single point of contact for potential investors, an investment summit and a State of the Industry report, which will report on the industry's progress every two years.

On a much wider scale, Australian business leaders pitched "a global infrastructure hub" to G20 leaders to get more projects in the pipeline.

The B20 business panel said the hub would share best-practice information and facilitate initiatives to "more properly assess what has been commonly called investment ready investments or projects".

Mr Newman also announced a new school under the plan which would be focused on science, technology and engineering and would work with the industry and alongside the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy.

"Our shared vision is for Queensland to be a global resources leader," Mr Newman said.

"We will be leaders in innovation, technology and services. We will have a strong sense of shared values and engagement with our communities and we will be educating and skilling for a bright resources future."

Mr Newman said more needed to be done to educate Queenslanders.

"It's critical that Queenslanders understand and be armed with knowledge of resources operations; an understanding of the true value, the true contribution of the sector and how this is benefiting and translating to them in their daily lives."

Lock the Gate Alliance president Drew Hutton was not surprised the Queensland Government created a plan to help the mining industry.

"This sounds like a continuation of the Newman Government's plan to demolish all of the protections that have previously existed against mining's impact on the environment and the community," he said.

"Hopefully the people of Queensland will see this government has an intent on removing all rights that they have possessed over development in the state."

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