The fourth and final day of the Unlock the North delegation in Canberra today started with a meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison.
We sincerely appreciated the opportunity to directly engage with the Prime Minister on the key projects in our region and reiterate that while these projects may lie in our part of the country, they will not only be good for the North but good for the Nation. This was articulated in our recently submitted Federal Budget Submission, with the meeting carrying the consistent theme of the important role North Queensland has been playing in the nation’s COVID-19 economic recovery and can continue to on an even greater scale with targeted investment and policy support.
Broad areas discussed with the Prime Minister included energy supply and security; critical minerals and manufacturing; agriculture and water security; innovation and Defence. As a part of those discussions CopperString 2.0, hydrogen production and the Hells Gates Pumped hydro scheme were key projects covered during the meeting. There were encouraging signs from the PM in his enthusiasm towards these projects. In relation to CopperString, the PM believes it is one of the most transformational projects in what it has the potential to unlock.