North West Queensland Road Trip

Townsville Enterprise embarked on a 1,000-kilometre road trip on 22 June 2020, highlighting to its extensive national stakeholder base the importance of the North West to the future of Queensland.

Travelling from Townsville to Mount Isa, the North West Queensland road trip demonstrated how unlocking the value of the North West Minerals Province will drive new jobs and assist Queensland’s recovery post COVID-19.

Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O’Callaghan and Director of Policy and Investment Wayde Chiesa met with leaders from major mining operations including Ravenswood Gold, South32 Cannington mine, Incitec Pivot, MMG Dugald River and Glencore Mount Isa as well as local government representatives, regional chambers of commerce and community representatives along the corridor.

The decision to ‘hit the road’ came after a recent Townsville Enterprise mining and resources round table where member feedback highlighted the need for Government policy and regulation reviews to free up red tape and fully develop the economic opportunities in the north west.

North West Queensland Road Trip Itinerary

Day 1: 22 June
  • Ravenswood Gold
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
Day 2: 23 June
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
Day 3: 24 June
  • Phosphate Hill
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
Day 4: 25 June
  • MMG Dugald River
  • IPL Acid Plant
  • Glencore Mount Isa Mines
  • Mount Isa Regional Council
  • MITEZ
  • Commerce North West

Friday 19 June: Townsville Enterprise Hits the Road
  • Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan and Director of Policy and Investment Wayde Chiesa to embark on 1,000-kilometre journey from Monday 22 June 2020
  • Aimed a highlighting the value of the North West Mineral Province: Townsville - Mount Isa
    • North and North West Queensland mining sector employs over 20,000 people
    • Billions of dollars in mineral commodities handled through the Port of Townsville annually
  • Meeting with leaders from major mining operations including Ravenswood Gold, South32 Cannington, Incitec Pivot, MMG Dugald River and Glencore Mount Isa
  • Meeting will also be with local government representatives, regional chambers of commerce and community representatives along the corridor

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Monday 22 June: DAY 1

Click the video above for an overview of the first day of the North West Queensland road trip for Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan and Director - Policy & Investment Wayde Chiesa, which included:

  • Ravenswood Gold mine and operations overview and tour, $600M expansion update, and update on Ravenswood community and developments
  • Charters Towers Regional Council meeting with Mayor and Councillors
  • Flinders Shire Council meeting with Mayor and Councillors and overview of Recreational Lake Precinct

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Tuesday 23 June: DAY 2

Click the video above for an overview of the second day of the North West Queensland road trip for Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan and Director - Policy & Investment Wayde Chiesa, which included:

  • Windlab Kennedy Energy Park operations overview and tour of Southern Hemisphere's only combined wind, solar, and battery power park
  • Richmond Shire Council meeting with Mayor and CEO
  • McKinlay Shire Council meeting with CEO

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Wednesday 24 June: DAY 3


Click the video above for an overview of the second day of the North West Queensland road trip for Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan and Director - Policy & Investment Wayde Chiesa, which included:

  • Incitec Pivot Fertilisers Phosphate Hill manufacturing plant tour and operations discussion
  • Cloncurry Shire Council meeting with Mayor and Councillors

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Thursday 25 June: DAY 4

Click the video above for an overview of the fourth day of the North West Queensland road trip for Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan and Director - Policy & Investment Wayde Chiesa, which included:

  • MMG Dugald River mine operations 
  • Chumvale sub station - CopperString connection junction
  • Mount Isa City Council meeting with Mayor
  • MITEZ, Commerce North West, and State Development meeting

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Friday 26 June: DAY 5

Click the video above for an overview of the fifth and final day of the North West Queensland road trip for Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan and Director - Policy & Investment Wayde Chiesa, which included:

  • Incitec Pivot Fertilsisers' Mount Isa Acid Plant tour and operational overview
  • Meeting with Glencore Mount Isa
  • Meeting with Member for Traeger, Robbier Katter MP

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