The former Woodside Petroleum adviser Gary Gray was appointed resources minister in a Gillard government cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Gray, a Labor member from resource-rich Western Australia, is a strong advocate for the resources industry.
This was forced by ministerial resignations after the Kevin Rudd party takeover failed to move Ms Gillard from her position as Prime Minister.
The mining employer group Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) said Gray was well known to the industry and should help attract investment to the sector.
Gray joined the Labor party in 1974. He quit the party in 2000 to work for conglomerate Wesfarmers and later as a public relations adviser for Woodside Petroleum, in order to help shape its defence in a takeover battle with Royal Dutch Shell.
Around A$400 billion ($418 billion) has been ploughed into Australian resources projects over the past ten years, with a further A$200 billion in liquefied natural gas projects in the pipeline. This is a positive sign at a time when investment in the sector is in need of support from the Australian government.
Reference: New Resources Minister Appointed
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the worldâ€™s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queenslandâ€™s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
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Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.