Michael Roche.
Michael Roche. Contributed

How do we save 60,000 resource jobs?

QUEENSLAND Resources Council president Michael Roche is seeking an "urgent" meeting with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to make a plan to protect 60,000 resource jobs.

"The Queensland resources sector is facing some of the toughest conditions in decades, with more than 20,000 jobs lost over the past two years as a result of the downturn," Mr Roche said.

"Today I have written to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk seeking an urgent meeting with the government's cabinet jobs committee to discuss a plan that will help to protect the current 60,000 resource sector jobs and the tens of thousands of jobs across the 24,000 businesses that support the industry.

"The Queensland Resources Council is not looking for bailouts or subsidies but our entire sector needs certainty and support in the shape of commitments to reduce red tape and unjustified government-imposed costs. The sector is also seeking a long-term commitment to royalty stability beyond the life of this parliament.

"Even in these most difficult of times there are companies prepared to invest in new job-generating projects because of the strong growth in demand for resource commodities in India and South East Asia. However those projects are locked up in interminable court appeals by green activists. We need government action to get those projects out of the courts, instead creating thousands of construction jobs and thousands more permanent jobs.

"While the sector may be in a downturn, there will inevitably be an upturn and we must have a plan in place to be ready to take advantage of the upswing."