QRC calls for "full consultation" on ports

QUEENSLAND'S top mining lobby group wants the State Government to pledge to work closely with industry before it decides if or how it will sell ports in Gladstone and Townsville.

The government indicated those two ports would be likely targets for sale, although has stressed a decision is yet to be made.

Selling ports is one recommendation from the Commission of Audit report, but its full 1000 pages are yet to be released publicly.

Queensland Resources Council boss Michael Roche said the group was yet to take a position but called for "full consultation".

The QRC counts more than 250 mining industry firms as members.

"We would want to work through the lessons learned from the sale of the 99-year lease over the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal by the Beattie Government in 2001," Mr Roche said.

"We will also want to understand planned protections against price grouging by a new owner and appropriate protections for assets at these ports funded by industry."



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