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Pathways explored by central Queensland students

Students from across central Queensland 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). The students took part in geology and engineering exercises under the watchful eye of mentors from BHP Mitsubishi Alliance


QMEA assists teaching the teachers

A series of teacher professional development workshops are being held this week for teachers from local Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) schools in the Gladstone region. Around 40 teachers will try their hand at the Mining Innovators Robotics workshops and learn how to excite and inspire young minds and discover how to integrate robotics into the curriculum.


Queensland delivers again to supply more gas

Queensland is taking decisive action to ease the gas squeeze with the Queensland Government releasing more land for exploration a day after Senex won a tender in the Surat. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane praised both Premier Palaszczuk and Minister Lynham on leading the nation with a proactive approach to the looming east coast gas shortage.


No place like drone in the classroom

Local students and teachers will design and build their own drones and then learn how to use them in a search and rescue mission this week. And, that’s not all. They’ll also learn how to create code to operate a driverless vehicle, and fly drones on a ‘crop dusting’ mission.


Queensland leads the way with new gas supplies

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) congratulates Minister Lynham on awarding Senex as the preferred tenderer for a Petroleum Lease in the Surat Basin. QRC’s Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the high-quality gas acreage would translate into an increase of reliable gas supplies into the east coast electricity market.


Moranbah tradeswoman takes national award

A chef who hung up her apron to be a diesel fitter has been named Outstanding Tradeswoman/Technician/Operator at this year’s Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) presented in Launceston last night.


Indigenous jobs boost after mining leases granted

Momentum in Queensland’s natural resources sector continues with the state government approving three mining leases for Metro Mining’s Bauxite Hills Mine in the Cape York. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane commended Minister Lynham on issuing the mining leases shortly after the environmental approvals.


Statement by Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on Adani

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the announcement by Adani Chairman Gautam Adani to start construction on the company’s Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland in October.


A double blow for anti-coal green activism

The anti-coal green activist campaign has been dealt a double blow with the Federal Court dismissing two challenges to the Adani Carmichael mine. In its decision, the court ruled against the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Adrian Burragubba a member of the Wangan and Jagalingou people. Both parties continue to use the legal system as a delaying tactic to projects already approved by both the state and federal governments.


Statement by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on CWP protections

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the new workers’ compensation protections to address compensation arrangements for workers with Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP). The QRC was one of the first bodies who advocated for a review of the scheme to ensure all workers who contract CWP receive fair compensation in a timely fashion, and retired workers or workers who had left the industry can access medical examinations at no cost.


Court of Appeal dismisses activist’s claim

The opening of the vast rich coal deposits in the Galilee Basin edged forward today with another dismissal of an activist’s challenge in the Court of Appeal. The proceedings were brought against Adani’s Carmichael coal mine project and the state government from a member of the Wangan and Jagalingou people over the granting of Adani’s mining lease.


Western Qld students learn what it takes to be a tradie or techie

About 25 students from Miles State High School and Wandoan and Taroom P-10 State Schools will take part in Toolkit 4 SchoolKids and STEM 4 Schoolkids workshops run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).


Oakey students end Science Week with a bang

It’s a huge week at Oakey State High School this week with more than 200 students learning about the science involved in resources over two-days. Students will take part in two Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) workshops that will focus on trades and academic pathways into the resources sector, and how the world of science and technology is impacting on careers.


Students get jump start in energy game

Solutions to the world’s energy problems will be put to expert panels by year 8 students from across Queensland this month. They are taking part in Energy for a Future Earth workshops run by the


Trading schools for high-tech trades

About 50 students from central Queensland will trade the classroom for a high-tech career in resources thanks to the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).


Greens want to mandate for higher global emissions, fewer Queensland jobs

The Queensland Greens have yet again shown why they are hell-bent on destroying regional economies and jobs with their anti-mining agenda.


Statement by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on the review of the Workers’ Compensation Scheme

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has thanked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, the Hon Grace Grace, for her quick response in establishing the Stakeholder Reference Group to address compensation arrangements surrounding Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP).


Students on right path to resource jobs

Try a trade or solve a maths equation? These questions will be more easily answered by Capella and Clermont high school students this week. About 40 year 10 students will take part in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) event designed to give them a realistic insight to a variety of career options.