4th Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources meeting communique - 29-30 July 2004

Publication date: Friday, 30th July 2004.

The 4th session of the Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources met in Alice Springs on 29-30 July 2004. The meeting was chaired by the Minister for Mineral Resources for New South Wales, the Hon Kerry Hickey MP.

At the meeting, Ministers:

  • participated in a dialogue on resource exploration issues in light of the release of the Resources Exploration Strategy by the Australian Government on 2 July 2004;
  • noted that one of its initiatives, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority, was close to fruition and that another, the National Mine Safety Framework was on the road to implementation; and
  • noted the experience of the Northern Territory in seeking to bring the resources sector and Indigenous people together through its Indigenous Mining Enterprise Program to identify opportunities for community development.