Decades of Queensland exploration data, now available to all explorers, is expected to encourage the resources sector to grow in the future.
Resources Minister Scott Stewart said data sharing will help drive positive investment across the state and in turn Queensland’s economy.
“Data and the sharing of that information is what will drive our world-class resources sector in the near future – it is the lifeblood of exploration,” Minister Stewart said.
“Almost 20,000 new industry exploration reports spanning the last 50 years will be made available to the resources industry, leading to greater transparency and bringing to light information relating to the exploration of Queensland’s coal and minerals.”
“This new wave of information, combined with 60,000 existing reports, will allow for informed investment and explorative decisions, and give more certainty for large and small explorers,” he said.
“For years these reports have been kept in confidence, but following regulatory changes made in 2020, coal and mineral exploration reports will now be made available after five years as opposed to being held for the life of tenure.”
“It’s all about making critical information more accessible and mapping out a roadmap for exploration for decades to come,” the Minister commented.
The reports can be found at the GSQ Open Data Portal: geoscience.data.qld.gov.au