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Kingston kids learn tricks of the trade

Students from Kingston State College, a newly minted Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) School, have experienced what it’s like to be a tradie this week (20th March). In a first for the College, tradies from Queensland’s resources sector helped 20 students learn basic trade skills and share their experiences to help students follow in their footsteps.


Nominations open for the Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is calling for nominations for its annual Indigenous Awards to celebrate excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the State’s resources sector. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Queensland resources sector was providing more jobs and opportunities for Indigenous Australians, as acknowledged in the Closing the Gap report last month.


Indigenous students embrace their hero

It was an honour for a group of Indigenous students visiting Middlemount South mine to meet one of the company’s trainee truck drivers, a former student at their school Wadja Wadja State School. Not only did the 10 students embrace young Waynette Rankinn with a warm hug they also discovered how their cultural heritage is protected on a mine site with a tour from local elder and Barada Kabalbara Yetimarala (BKY) representative Norm Ross and his daughter Laila.


Local girls get tools of the trade

Central Queensland girls have been encouraged to consider trade careers when they took part in a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) event at Moranbah State High School’s CTEC centre this week. The BMA Toolkit4 Schoolkids gave them hands-on experience of trade skills, while being mentored by tradies from BMA and other local mines.


Land400 win a boost for Australian steel and coking coal

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has congratulated the Turnbull and Palaszczuk Governments on the decision to award the Land 400 Defence contract to Rheinmetall Defence Australia to be based in Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Rheinmetall Defence Australia announced last year it would establish its Australia-New Zealand headquarters and a manufacturing and vehicle maintenance facility in South East Queensland if it won the upcoming LAND 400 Phase 2 contract to supply Australia’s new armoured vehicles.


Exponential growth in Qld resources exports

The latest quarterly figures from Queensland Treasury again demonstrate exports from resources are powering ahead and lifting the state’s prosperity. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the sector is a key driver of growth in Queensland and its top-drawer deposits are in high demand.


Jobs, royalties secured after new coal leases

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the announcement by Minister Lynham to grant four new mining leases to extend Stanmore Coal’s production in central Queensland for seven years. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the coal industry continues to deliver for Queensland and applauded Minister Lynham for backing the industry and the communities it supports.


Queensland’s remarkable women in resources announced

A Brisbane engineer whose job description includes regular commutes to Mongolia has been named Queensland’s Exceptional Woman in Resources for 2018. Jo-Anne Dudley, Senior Manager Strategic Mine and Resources Planning with Rio Tinto, has worked in underground mines throughout Australia, Africa, the USA and Mongolia.


Increased mineral, petroleum exploration spending bolsters Qld jobs pipeline

Increased investment in exploring for minerals and petroleum in Queensland, was a strong indicator of future jobs growth in the resources sector. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Officer Ian Macfarlane said the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released today, found


Cloncurry students drone on with code

About 70 Cloncurry students and their teachers will become experts in coding and flying drones after taking part in Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) workshops this week. Funded by the Australian Government’s Marker Space Project - Drones, Data and 3D introduces students and teachers to the world of digital technology and brings alive classroom lessons with this hands-on activity.


Momentum not moratoriums

Momentum in Queensland’s gas industry has started strongly this year with the State Government’s proactive approach to solving the east coast’s gas squeeze. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane congratulated Minister Lynham after two junior producers – Central Petroleum and Armour Energy – were granted tenders for domestic-only production.


Landmark investment to increase domestic gas

Domestic gas supply and regional jobs are set to gain considerably with Santos GLNG to invest $900 million in gas developments in Maranoa, Western Downs, Central Highlands and Banana this year. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Santos GLNG would unlock significant gas reserves in regional


Policy surprises tarnish Queensland’s investment appeal

Queensland’s attractiveness as an investment destination for mining has dropped out of the global top ten according to a report from Canada’s Fraser Institute. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the clear message is that global investors have marked Queensland down because of policy uncertainty.


QRC welcomes gas supply deal

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the gas supply deal announced today by Minister Lynham between New Century Resources and Santos. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the contract would see Santos supply nine petajoules of gas to meet the electricity demands of New Century Resources tailing operations near Mount Isa.


Statement by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane – New Hope decision

Yet again regional jobs have been dealt a major blow after the Department of Environment and Science refused to amend New Hope’s Environmental Authority for the New Acland Stage Three Project. This very surprising decision handed down without any reasoning or explanation, puts at risk more than 700 jobs despite the project undergoing rigorous government assessment processes, including an examination by the Independent Expert Scientific Committee as part of the Federal Government’s approval.


Statement by the QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane – Aurizon

The Queensland resource sector is extremely disappointed by Aurizon’s move to pre-empt the regulatory process by moving to change its maintenance program before the QCA process is completed. By its own estimates, for the sake of $25 million in its maintenance allowance, the decision by Aurizon to move away from a flexible maintenance system to an inflexible system, would cost Queensland 20 million tons of coal exports per year.


New apprentices get ready for work

The 40 apprentices that have started working with BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) in 2018 will not only hit the ground running, they’ll do it safely. BMA’s new apprentice cohort has started a four week work readiness program being run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) - the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) - at the Coalfield Training Excellence Centre in Moranbah.


Rio Tinto delivers local jobs across Cape York

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has congratulated Rio Tinto after its Indigenous workforce reached 574 across its Cape York bauxite sites in the Far North. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the $2.6 billion Amrun Project continued to deliver on its target to employ locally and give back to the surrounding communities.