Qld Premier Campbell Newman.
Qld Premier Campbell Newman. Brenda Strong

Government approves 1400 exploration permits in a week

IN JUST seven days, the Queensland Government has approved 1400 exploration permits in an effort to grow the state's mining industry.

Mines Minister Andrew Cripps told a Brisbane convention the swift action on applications makes mining "simpler and more profitable".

"It has only been a week since this government announced reforms to expedite the granting of exploration permits," Mr Cripps said.

"To have 1400 exploration permits granted in that time is great news for the industry."