Media Releases


Students help the sun shine on solar energy

Students from all over Queensland will gather at CQUniversity in Rockhampton to turn up the heat on solar power generation and explain how the energy can be a secure source of electricity. The 18 students have been selected to take part in the first ever Brighter Futures Make It Now Engineering (MINE) Challenge where they use digital technology including drones, data modelling, robotics and 3D printing to solve real problems relating to solar power generation.


Queensland can lead the way in new baseload power for National Electricity Market

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the focus of an ACCC report calling for more competition in the electricity market, including more baseload power alternatives to underwrite supply for industry. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said energy costs were one of the biggest inputs for the resources sector.


Peabody’s Indigenous trainees on track ahead of NAIDOC week w/ video interview of trainees and Peabody’s Snr VP Peter Baker

Peabody has announced a 100 per cent retention rate from its latest Indigenous trainee group as they work towards transitioning to full time operators later this year, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane welcomed the announcement at the start of NAIDOC week and said Peabody was setting a very high standard with Indigenous employment. “Peabody understands the value of a diversified workforce and is committed to working with Indigenous communities to develop pathways for Indigenous women and men into our sector,” he said.


Congratulations to 282,000 Queensland resource sector workers — you are export record breakers

Increased coal, LNG and mineral sales have helped Queensland post a record export result of $73.7 billion for the 12 months until the end of May, according to the latest trade data released by the State Government. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector contributed almost $60 billion - or 80% - of the result.


Queensland coal export impacts still on the Aurizon

Queensland coal exports are yet to feel the full force of the repeated threat by monopoly rail operator Aurizon to stop the movement of up to 20 million tonnes annually from mine to port. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said it was unsurprising that coal exports were higher this year compared to 2017 due to stronger global demand and the impact of Tropical Cyclone Debbie that crossed the coast in March last year.


QRC applauds Glencore’s environmental credentials

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane, today applauded Glencore’s environmental credentials after the company received certification from the Queensland Government for the rehabilitation of 220 hectares of land at its Rolleston Open Cut coal mine south of Emerald. “It’s another clear and practical example of Glencore’s commitment to the environment and the sustainability of mining in regional Queensland,” he said.


Aurizon risks outlook for resources sector: new report w/ press conference video of Senator Matt Canavan & QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane

The action by monopoly rail operator Aurizon to stop moving up to 20 million tonnes of Queensland coal was a “risk” to a record outlook for the resources sector, according to a new Australian Government report released today. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the report, by the Federal Industry Department’s Office of Chief Economist, highlighted the risk of “potential capacity losses from proposed changes to the maintenance schedule of Aurizon, the rail network operator of the Central Queensland Coal Network”.


Students go mining for careers

Students from Brisbane to Queensland’s far north west will this week get up close and personal to mining careers when they attend an engineering camp in the iconic mining city of Mount Isa. The would-be engineers will go onsite at Glencore’s Mount Isa Mine for the Make It Now in Engineering (MINE) challenge in which they’ll solve real-world problems.


The best of the best for Gladstone students

Rescue missions, drone programming and a stack of fun was the order of the day for more than 100 Gladstone students. They took part in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy’s (QMEA)/QGC Robotics Futures Program.


QRC welcomes appointment of new Shadow Federal Assistant Resources Minister

The Queensland Resources Council welcomes the appointment of Madeleine King as the Shadow Federal Assistant Resources Minister. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said he had an opportunity to meet Ms King in Canberra yesterday and congratulate her on her elevation to the Opposition front bench.


A Message to Aurizon

Queensland’s coal industry is united in its stance against Aurizon’s refusal to respect the regulatory process. In today’s The Courier-Mail, The Australian Financial Review and The Australian - the State’s major coal players have placed a full page advertisement calling on Aurizon to revert back to normal maintenance while the regulatory process unfolds.


Coal companies apply to join judicial review application commenced by Aurizon Network against the QCA

Today ten coal producers – among them Australia’s largest coal producers – have filed an application to join the judicial review application commenced by Aurizon Network against the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) in the Supreme Court of Queensland.


QRC applauds collaborative approach to gas supply

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the completion of the 50km Reedy Creek Wallumbilla Pipeline which will pump up to 300 terrajoules of gas per day through the east coast network. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said infrastructure company APA built the pipeline which was underpinned by a 20-year supply contract from Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG).


New jobs for Queensland – resources sector creates a new job every hour

The Queensland resources industry has created more than 8400 jobs over the last 12 months – the equivalent of one new job every hour. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data released today reaffirmed the resources sector was a key Queensland employer with new jobs in mining regions and Australia’s biggest mining town – Brisbane.


It’s time to end the dispute

Time is up for Aurizon to stop playing games with Queensland exports and revert back to normal maintenance while the independent regulator, the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA), makes its final decision said Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.


Nanango students try careers for size – photos available

Nanango students will be able to ‘try before they buy’ when they experience a ‘hands-on’ taste of trade and professional careers today. About 40 Nanango High School students will take part in Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) events, which are being run at the school.


Resources sector welcomes Palaszczuk Government release of more land for exploration

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement it has identified more than 44,000 square kilometres of land for resource exploration. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the announcement of the land exploration release was a commitment of confidence in the resources industry.


Resources sector to deliver a jobs boost across Queensland

A sustained lift in global commodity prices and record production has Queensland’s resources companies planning to increase employment and help drive down the State’s stubbornly high unemployment rate said the Queensland Resources Council. In the QRC’s latest State of the Sector report, 52 per cent of resources chiefs said they would increase employment over the next quarter with 13 per cent looking to increase employment ‘substantially.’