6th Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources meeting communique - 1 September 2006

Publication date: Friday, 01st September 2006.

The 6th session of the Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources met in Brisbane on 1 September 2006. The meeting was chaired by the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Commonwealth Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources.

At the meeting, Ministers:

  • welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement of a $134 million energy security package and the $76.4 million of that package that would be used by Geoscience Australia to expand its "Big New Oil" program with a further $58.9 million to allow Geoscience Australia to pioneer innovative, integrated geoscientific research;
  • announced that the Strategic Framework for Water Management in the Minerals Industry would be launched by the Western Australian Minister for Resources, on behalf of the Council at the Minerals Council of Australia's Sustainable Development Conference in Perth on 23-27 October 2006; and
  • noted that the National Skills Shortage Strategy Mining Sub-Group was in the process of finalising a report that aimed to gain an appreciation of the Australian minerals sector labour force to 2015.