Beattie to meet with resource leaders in NT and WA

Resources sector supplier envoy, Peter Beattie will meet with key players in the resources industry in the Northern Territory and Western Australia next week.

The former Queensland premier was appointed as Australia’s first resources sector supplier envoy in August this year.

Mr Beattie will hold consultations with resource industry leaders during visits to Darwin and Perth to discuss how the Federal Government’s Buy Australian at Home and Abroad initiative culd aid the nation’s ailing manufacturing sector.

The focus of the consultations will examine ways of building greater co-operation between Australian manufacturers and suppliers to maximise resource project opportunities.

“Maximising local participation in these major projects is an important issue in both states and, indeed, across Australia,” Mr Beattie said.

In Darwin, Mr Beattie will host a forum on identifying barriers to supplying to major projects. He will also meet with Northern Territory chief minister Paul Henderson and key industry stakeholders, and be briefed on the $25 billion Inpex Ichthys LNG project.

In Perth, Mr Beattie will address a local content conference, meet the CEOs of major resources companies and attend an industry briefing and consultation at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He will also meet the West Australian commerce minister, Simon O’Brien, and WA opposition leader Eric Ripper.

The information gathered from Mr Beattie’s Darwin and Perth consultations will inform the discussions of the first meeting of the Resources Sector Supplier Advisory Forum in Perth.  He will chair the Forum.

Mr Beattie is a panel member on a Mining Supply Chain Trade and Investment with Latin America roundtable hosted by Eagle Corporate Advisers in Brisbane which was organised to identify potential supply opportunities ahead of a trade mission Mr Beattie will lead to the region in April 2012.

The envoy is the first step in the federal government’s Buy Australia program aimed at encouraging Australian to buy local products. The role of the envoy is to help local manufacturers compete and gain new opportunities in the booming global resources market.

The federal government announced the appointment of a resources sector supplier envoy following the shock announcement by steel making giant BlueScope Steel that it will shut down its number six blast furnace at Port Kembla and its Western Port hot strip mill, which resulted in more than 1000 job cuts.

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