Managing Director of QNI calls on State Government to urgently clear way for refinery re-opening
The Managing Director of QNI Resources and QNI Metals, Nui Harris, has called on the Queensland Premier to help North Queensland by expediting the facilitation of approvals such as port, rail and plant infrastructure, enabling recommissioning of the refinery.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk must step up and help North Queensland by facilitating refinery approvals such as port, rail and plant infrastructure allowing for its recommissioning,’’ Mr Harris said.
“Clive Palmer has in good faith today confirmed he is now paying unpaid workers’ entitlements at Queensland Nickel, despite neither he nor his companies being responsible for dismissals at the plant.
“Labor has said Clive Palmer should pay these workers’ entitlements, which he has now said he will do.
“Now is the time for the Premier and her Government to do their part and get behind securing approvals so the refinery can be recommissioned and the good people of Townsville can have jobs,’’ Mr Harris said.
“The Premier stood before the people of North Queensland during the February floods and said Townsville needed help, so now is the time for the Government to act accordingly.”
Mr Harris said Townsville Mayor, Jenny Hill, also needed to get behind the project so jobs could be created immediately.