Eco Innovator November 2011
From Mining Boom to Booming
The Queensland Government would
like to use its mining boom to grow its capability in areas of high skilled
global demand like engineering and clean energy.
"We can become an Asia
Pacific hub for energy, gas, biofuels and renewable sources," said
premier Anna Bligh. "We can develop intellectual property in these
industries that the world will need just as much as our physical resources.
We can become an engineering centre and international hub of excellence
and Queenslanders can be known worldwide as builders, scientists and innovators."
The premier put forward three
guiding principles for handling of the coming resources boom: make sure
it works for all Queenslanders, not just a privileged few; transfer wealth
from mines to minds - build the best educated, highly skilled workforce
in the world; and grow a critical mass of capability in areas like engineering
and clean energy.
"Being ahead of this giant
wave of opportunity, being ready for it, knowing how to catch it and surf
it - that's the single biggest challenge for Queensland in the decade
before us," she said.