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Resources jobs powering the Queensland economy

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) congratulates Glencore after announcing the gradual restart of operations at the Lady Loretta mine in the state’s North West region. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Glencore’s decision would see 250 jobs created and is yet another sign of the company’s commitment to employ locally.


Government must protect regional jobs

On behalf of the QRC I congratulate the Premier and her government on being re-elected for a second term. The QRC is fully committed to working with the Labor Government to create jobs and drive economic growth to benefit all Queenslanders.


Milestone agreement to boost domestic gas

Domestic gas supply is set for a boost with Arrow Energy’s announcement of their sales agreement with Shell’s QCLNG for Queensland gas. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Arrow will unlock significant gas reserves in the Surat Basin which will increase supply into the domestic market.


QMEA ambassadors top of their class

It may be a little while before the result of the state election is known, but Queensland will soon have 20 new ambassadors. The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) ambassadors will be inducted by the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham on Friday at a gala breakfast.


Taps turn on QGC’s Charlie

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the decision by Shell’s $1.7 billion QGC project Charlie to inject up to 90 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas annually to Australian homes, businesses and LNG customers. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the announcement coincided with the opening of Charlie in the Surat Basin which includes gas wells, pipelines and a gas compression station.


Indigenous employment shines in resources

Growth in Indigenous employment in the Queensland resources sector has outstripped growth across the total resources sector workforce, doubling in ten years. According to the latest census data Indigenous workers in the sector stood at 908 in 2006 and rose to 2,007 in 2016.


QRC partners with Qld Mining Awards

The third Queensland Mining Awards have officially launched today at the Bowen Basin Mining Club’s November luncheon, following a key partnership announcement with the QRC earlier this week. The 2018 Awards will take a step up in prestige, with the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) to co-host the event with the Bowen Basin Mining Club during next year’s Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME).


Resources sector lionises legend’s lifetime of contributions

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) conferred its highest honour on Dr Geoff Dickie, PSM, awarding him the QRC Medal at the QRC’s annual lunch. The QRC Medal is awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Queensland resources sector.


Employment grows as resources deliver half a trillion dollars in eight years

Queensland’s resources sector continues to drive jobs and investment with a $55.1 billion contribution to the state’s economy in 2016-17, which supported the equivalent of 282,633 full-time jobs. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane will today launch the eighth annual economic contribution report at the QRC’s Annual Lunch in Brisbane with Senator Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.


Industry groups unite on roadmap to drive Qld’s economic growth

Five Queensland peak industry groups have united to release a joint roadmap outlining how the next State Government can create jobs, drive growth and build confidence across key sectors of the economy. The ‘Driving Queensland’s Economic Growth’ State Election platform was developed and agreed upon by the peak representative bodies for broadacre primary producers, tourism businesses, the property industry, the resources sector and the timber industry.


Indigenous students mix it with tradies

Students from an indigenous high school took their first steps to becoming work-ready for future employment with help from the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and local mining company Wesfarmers Resources. Wadja Wadja High School students had a rare opportunity to be a tradie for a day with the QMEA conducting a trade day at the school, where they were mentored by tradies from the Wesfarmers Curragh mine.


Statement by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on electricity policy

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the release of the LNP's electricity policy, in particular its focus on injecting more competition into the generation market.


Resources sector calls for strong voice from next Queensland Government

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is calling on the next State Government to be a strong voice for the sector and the 309,500 full-time employees it supports. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources industry underpins the economic prosperity of the state, and a government supporting the sector both inside and outside the Parliament would see more investment for regional economies.


Statement by Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on APLNG

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the action by Australia Pacific LNG to supply a further 41 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas to the Australian domestic market. Today’s announcement is yet another sign the Queensland


Millmerran students explore careers

In a first for Millmerran State P-10 School students, they’ll experience trade and professional careers this week in an event run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). Thanks to the support from Millmerran Power, about 30 students will explore careers in science technology engineering and maths (STEM) fields, and trade pathways. The combined STEM 4 SchoolKids and Toolkit day will help year nine students to decide on topics for study in senior years.


Regular land releases feed future exploration success

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the release of the Annual Exploration Program for 2017-18, which includes more than 19,000 square kilometres for gas, minerals and coal exploration. Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland is continuing to lead the way in responsibly developing the resources sector.


Students take off to world of digital technology

More than 100 Dalby and Chinchilla Year 8 students will enter the world of digital technology when they learn not only how to fly drones, but also how to print 3D parts and build them. The My Digital World workshop, hosted by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) at the Dalby State High School Bunya Campus, is a hands-on event aimed at motivating and inspiring students to consider science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers.


Rushed workplace laws risk undermining safety

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has grave concerns that rushed changes to workplace health and safety legislation will have the perverse outcome of reducing safety. The Palaszczuk Government is pushing expanded industrial manslaughter laws through the Parliament, with virtually no scrutiny and no consultation.