Media Releases


Hands-on STEM and trade program cracks 100 schools in Qld

Hold onto your hard hats – the future of Queensland’s world-class resources and energy sector is brighter than ever following today’s announcement that the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) is now in 100 schools across the state. The QMEA is the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led education and schools initiative.


Mackay a ‘resources workhorse’ for Qld

More people than ever before in the Greater Mackay region are working in jobs supported by the mining and energy sector, rising by five per cent over the past financial year in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday LGAs, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.


Qld explorers call for collaborative approach to boost sector confidence

A new report shows concerns about State and Federal government policy and Queensland’s new royalty taxes are among a raft of issues that have impacted confidence in the state’s crucial minerals and energy exploration sector.


QRC announces new Board President

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Asset President Adam Lancey has been announced as the new President of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Board.  Outgoing QRC Board President and Genuity Managing Director Brent Gunther is stepping down after four years in the role but will remain a Director on the Board.  Mr Lancey has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry and as BMA Asset President is responsible for the safe operations of the company’s seven mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, along with rail infrastructure, Moranbah Airport and the Hay Point Coal Terminal in Mackay. 


‘Hurt Queensland’s resources sector, you hurt Queensland’s future’

A year after it first launched, the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) public awareness campaign against the State Government’s sudden introduction of the highest coal royalty taxes in the world continues to gain momentum.


New report confirms Qld economy’s reliance on resources sector

Today’s release of the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) annual Economic Contribution Report has revealed the resources sector delivered a record $116.8 billion in economic benefits to the state economy in 2022-23 and supported over half a million local jobs.


Mount Isa announcement highlights need for policies to encourage new investment

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) says the decision by Glencore to close its Mount Isa Mines underground copper operations and Lady Loretta zinc mine is unfortunate, but understandable, and commends the company for its commitment to work with affected employees to find new opportunities.


Skilled worker shortage, government policy and rising costs key concerns for Qld resources companies

A new report from the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has revealed skilled worker shortages, government policy settings, rising costs and global economic conditions are among the main concerns for resources companies operating in Queensland.


$200k-plus in mine rehab scholarships up for grabs

More than $200,000 in post-graduate student scholarships is up for grabs to build on Queensland’s reputation as an international leader in coal mine rehabilitation. Two scholarships valued at $40,000 a year over three years are now available through the Coal Minesite Rehabilitation Trust to post-graduate students studying at a Queensland university.


QRC puts spotlight on North West Qld resources sector

The emerging economic and job opportunities from the resources sector in North West Queensland was the focus of a Queensland Resources Council (QRC) event in Mount Isa overnight. Around 80 people gathered at the Mount Isa Civic Centre for a chance to discuss the region’s growing importance to the state’s resources sector and economy, particularly as companies branched out from mining traditional minerals.


QRC puts spotlight on Western Downs’ resources sector

The emerging economic and job opportunities from the resources sector on the western Darling Downs was the focus of a Queensland Resources Council (QRC) event in Dalby overnight. Over 80 people gathered at the Urban Paddock Café last night for an event that QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said reflects the region’s growing significance to the state economy.


Mining and energy companies dig deep to back Qld business

New data shows more than three in every four dollars of purchases made by Queensland mining and energy companies in 2021-2022 was spent with a business located in Queensland. A new report released today by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) shows a whopping 77 per cent of all purchases by QRC member companies during this period was spent locally, totalling $26.8 billion.


400 mine jobs in limbo due to Qld Govt decision on Glenden

The State Government’s decision to pass legislation forcing mining company QCoal to accommodate its employees in the Central Queensland town of Glenden from 2025 onwards was made without consulting the people most affected, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.


Mine safety conference confirms industry’s commitment to best practice

Four days of intensive discussions about the need to continually improve safety across Queensland’s resources sector wind up on the Gold Coast today. Over 1100 delegates have attended the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference (QMIHSC), the biggest annual event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.


More uncertainty for Queensland resources companies

Investor confidence in Queensland’s resources sector will be further shaken by today’s extraordinary threat by Treasurer Cameron Dick to revoke coal mining leases, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today. The QRC has repeatedly drawn attention to industry concerns about the State Government’s snap decision in last year’s state budget to introduce the world’s highest royalty taxes on coal producers, which have made the state uncompetitive for future resources investment.


Celebrating five years of supporting young Qld women into resources sector careers

A new group of young Queensland women are on the path to a rewarding career in the state’s resources sector after completing a unique six-month female mentoring program that concluded in Brisbane today. 


North West Qld miner with a heart of gold named QMHISC ‘Legend’

A North West Queensland man with more than five decades experience in the mining sector and an outstanding record of community service has been named winner of the prestigious 2023 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference (QMIHSC) “Legend” award. Steve Carson’s family emigrated from England to Mount Isa in 1963 when he was 13 and he began working at mine sites in the Northern Territory not long after leaving school in the late 1960s.


Regional jobs, businesses in firing line under Qld’s excessive new coal tax regime

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is stepping up its public awareness campaign about the damage being caused to jobs and investment in regional Queensland from the State Government’s snap decision to impose the world’s highest coal royalty tax rate.