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Queenslanders can count on the resources industry to continue to strictly comply with all government protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the industry was working closely with the State Government and office of the Chief Health Officer (CHO) to prevent the spread of the virus, especially into regional areas, and will do whatever is necessary to protect workers and the community.
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane has welcomed the news that the state’s trades and skilled mining job advertisements rose by five per cent in the March 2020 quarter. Research by independent technology firm CoverCard released by the Minerals Council of Australia shows Queensland is number one in Australia for resource-related job ads between March and May.
The Queensland Resources Council told a state parliamentary committee today that the state’s investment profile in resources would slip even further, unless the Government committed to keeping royalties at current levels for the next 10 years.A global survey of mining companies and investors released earlier this year by the Fraser Institute showed investors were seriously worried about Queensland’s investment potential.
The Queensland Resources Council will tell a state parliamentary committee (Economics and Governance Committee) today that a stable royalty regime sends a very strong message that Queensland is open for business to potential investors, and gives companies the confidence to invest, plan and create new jobs.
The Queensland Government should mirror key planks of the Western Australian Government’s COVID-19 recovery plan for the Sunshine State’s own economic revival, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Mr Macfarlane said the WA Recovery Plan, launched by Premier Mark McGowan at the weekend, adopted many recommendations the QRC had already made to the Queensland Government, the Premier’s Queensland Industry Recovery Alliance and the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Government’s response to the COVID-19 recovery.
A collaborative approach by the resources, agricultural and tourism sectors along with governments, conservation groups and Traditional Owners has delivered healthy waterways through the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac regions.Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership report card released today found half of the sites scored a ‘B’ grade (Good) reflecting the ongoing work of the multi-sector approach to river management systems.
Local businesses across Queensland are receiving a significant financial boost from resources companies with a 16 percent increase in local spending over 12 months. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the industry’s latest Local Content report found buying locally was a win-win for the industry and local communities.
The Queensland Resources Council has commended a landmark partnership between Rio Tinto and the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation, who are pledging $1.15 million for improved health services in the Far North of the State.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the partnership with the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service would deliver Cape York its first CT scanner.
The Queensland Resources Council has applauded Glencore’s $725,000 investment into the University of Queensland’s development of a COVID-19 vaccine.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the funding was another example of the sector’s ‘people first’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 was another layer of red tape and bureaucracy on the resources sector at a time when the industry is working hard during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep jobs and the Queensland economy going, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane told the Natural Resources, Agricultural Industry Development and Environment Committee today.
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the bipartisan support from Federal Labor and the LNP for the immediate approval of New Hope’s New Acland mine to stop more Queenslanders from unnecessarily losing their jobs. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said it was tragic to hear New Hope had been forced into making redundancies when the extension to the mine at Oakey on the Darling Downs had already been approved by Queensland courts.
International trade in Queensland’s resources has stayed consistent with an 80 percent contribution to the total value of the State’s exports of $79.9 billion in the 12 months to May 2020, according to Queensland Treasury’s analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the latest ABS data was another solid result for the State’s economy but the impacts from COVID-19 were being realised.
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the announcement by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) to invest $100 million into autonomous haulage trucks at its Daunia coal mine in the Bowen Basin.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Queensland coal industry was an early adopter of technology and a world leader in creating the long term jobs of the future through automation.
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the State Government’s commitment of lung health checks for mine workers. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the industry had a strong partnership with the Government for health checks and industry welcomed the delivery of free health checks for retired metalliferous mine workers from 1 September.
Employment in Queensland’s resources sector has defied COVID-19 impacts to local operations and overseas markets with only a 1 percent drop in direct jobs in the May quarter. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data showed direct jobs in mining moved from 66,331 to 65,337 reinforcing the industry’s role in the COVID-19 recovery would be just as important as it has been through the immediate response.
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s $125 million funding extension to Geoscience Australia’s Exploring for the Future (EFTF) Program. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the investment would lead to a clearer understanding of the geological structures in Queensland and Australia.
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a 10-year partnership between QCoal Group and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) which led to the creation of the RFDS Dental Service. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the partnership started in 2010 and resulted in the QCoal Foundation funding a purpose-built 18-wheel semi-trailer equipped with x-ray equipment for dental care.
Queensland’s resources sector continues to demonstrate its commitment to not just the local economies of the regions in which it operates but the health and well-being of the communities within those regions said the Queensland Resources Council.