Monday, May 20, 2024

Holden to lead new Queensland minerals office

The Queensland Government has today announced senior public servant, Paul Holden, will head up the state’s new Critical Minerals Queensland (CMQ) office, set up to help grow Queensland’s burgeoning critical minerals sector.

Mr Holden (pictured) has previously been a director at Townsville Enterprise and held senior roles with the Office of the Coordinator-General and the Department of State Development.

Based in Townsville, CMQ is a dedicated office to identify opportunities in the industry and foster discussions with proponents, investors, community members, and researchers.

“The Miles Government has a big ambition for Queensland to be a global leader, supplier and manufacturer of critical minerals and renewable energy technologies,” said Resources and Critical Minerals Minister, Scott Stewart.

“Our $245 million Queensland Critical Minerals Strategy is the starting point to making this vision happen and at the forefront will be Critical Minerals Queensland, an office dedicated to bringing investors, proponents, government and community together.

“I’m excited to have someone of Paul Holden’s calibre leading the office and helping Queensland’s critical minerals sector go from strength to strength.”

Mr Holden said Queensland had “a golden opportunity” to capitalise on its critical minerals resources and know-how to help the world transition to a decarbonised economy.

“Critical Minerals Queensland will be a key facilitator bringing together investors, industry and government together to grow this new sector that will bring new jobs and boost local economies throughout the state,” he said.

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