Media Releases


Royalty certainty needed

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the state government’s willingness to revisit royalty rates, but only if any changes implemented apply equally to all operations, Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane told a Mackay audience today.


From the classroom to a career

The mysteries of the world of work will be revealed to about 100 Year 10 students this week in Gladstone. The students from Toolooa State High School will learn how to take the leap from school to careers when resources sector professionals come into their classroom in a Classroom to Career (C2C) workshop organised by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).


Physics taking off for Mount Isa students

About 100 students from Spinifex College are in a flap about physics after taking part in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) program Physics in Flight. The QMEA developed the program in response to calls from school principals who wanted to inspire and motivate junior year students to experience the fun of science in a practicable way.


Reports of death exaggerated

As the Mark Twain saying goes: Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. And so have been the green activist reports of the death of coal, and more broadly, the resources sector. Today, it is pleasing today to see that the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham, has thrown his support behind the resurgence of Queensland’s mighty resources sector.


Debbie doesn’t dampen tradie hopefuls

Among those caught up in Cyclone Debbie during March were 21 central Queensland students who had to cut short a trade training program. Some of them could get home from BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Dysart Mine training centre, but others had wait and sit it out until the storm had passed.


Coal worker lung tests reach top standard

Queensland coal mine workers will have access to world-class lung function tests as part of the efforts to eradicate coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP).


Mackay students see their future

Students from Pioneer State High School were given the opportunity to discover high-tech career paths. The 20 students, supported by resources sector professionals from BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) during a full-day workshop, included activities in science, engineering technology and maths (STEM) related fields.


Federal Budget good news for Queensland

The QRC welcomes the Commonwealth Government working with the Queensland Government to increase the supply of gas for domestic use in its Federal Budget.


Major coal investment for central Queensland

The Queensland Government has approved the mining leases for QCoal’s Byerwen coal mine, near Glenden. This announcement is a huge shot in the arm for the central Queensland economy with hundreds of jobs expected to be created during construction and once the mine is operational.


Arrow set to boost east coast gas

The east coast gas supply is set for a boost with Arrow Energy’s announcement that it will commence work for its proposed expansion of the Tipton gas project in the Queensland’s Surat Basin.


Students on right path to resources jobs

About 100 Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Townsville students have set out on trade and professional pathways to careers in the resources sector this week thanks to the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).


Statement by QRC Deputy Chief Executive Judy Bertram

The resources sector is committed to rehabilitation and leading environmental management and any financial assurance (FA) system should only be considered as the final safety net.


QRC backs new base load power in the North

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the state government’s proposal to increase base load power in North Queensland with the potential expansion of Burdekin Falls Dam.


Premium coal country open for bids

In yet another positive sign for the coal sector the state government today released more than 270 square kilometres of land in the Bowen Basin for exploration.


BMA investment to create hundreds of jobs

Today’s announcement by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) to invest over two hundred million dollars into the Bowen Basin will create hundreds of jobs and shows the ongoing strength of the state’s coal industry.


Resources and farmers reap rewards

The history and future co-existence of the resources sector and farmers is a tradition that is reaping rewards for those on the land, resource companies and every Queenslander, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane told the Rural Press Club in Brisbane today.


LNG leader steps down

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) congratulates David Baldwin for his distinguished leadership as Integrated Gas Chief Executive Officer for Origin. David, who is a Board member of the QRC, will step down from his Origin position in April after 11 years with the energy company.


Statement by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on 457 visas

The natural resources sector is no longer a significant employer of 457 visa holders, with further recent decreases since the mining construction boom days.