National mining industry advocacy is to be further strengthened through the integration of the Australian Uranium Association (AUA) and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

The decision to integrate the two organisations has been taken by member companies of both organisations.

The move will enhance the uranium sector’s advocacy, reinforce its position in the mining industry and build on what has already been achieved under the strong leadership of departing AUA Chief Executive Officer Michael Angwin.

AUA chairman Darryl Cuzzubbo said: “We have made significant progress over the last seven years building the industry’s reputation and establishing the uranium sector as a key component of Australia’s resources industry. With these gains in place, the industry has decided to integrate with the MCA to ensure the sector is well positioned for the future.

“The fact that we are in a position to integrate with the MCA is a tribute to the quality of Michael’s leadership, insight and energy; and we thank him for his significant contribution.”

MCA Chairman Andrew Michelmore said: “The integration will enhance the minerals industry’s representation and strengthen its voice in national policy debates on energy, low emissions technologies, regulatory reform and the economy”.

The AUA and MCA have worked collaboratively on many issues over the past seven years.

Uranium specific issues will be managed by Daniel Zavattiero as a new Executive Director within the MCA. Daniel – as a former senior executive with BHP Billiton’s uranium business - brings a wealth of industry experience to the position.

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