Media Releases

03/06/2020

Record interest in government grants to reboot exploration

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and its exploration promotion arm, the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) supports and encourages the record number of exploration companies that have opted-in for government grants as part of a multi-million dollar COVID-19 explorer support package. QEC Chair Kim Wainwright said the explorer member organisation was pleased to see more than double the amount of applications than the previous grant round received.

03/06/2020

Resource sector employment boost for post COVID-19 recovery

In a huge boost to regional employment three companies in the resources sector will push ahead with apprenticeship intake programs for 2021 to help fast-track the State’s economy post COVID-19, said the Queensland Resources Council.

02/06/2020

Treasurer delivers coal asset certainty in uncertain times

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the decision of new Treasurer Cameron Dick to provide regulatory certainty for rail and port infrastructure so critical for the coal industry’s $52 billion economic contribution and more than 260,000 Queensland jobs. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Treasurer had declared the Central Queensland Coal Network (CQCN) and the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) as regulated monopolies until 2040 and 2030 respectively.

28/05/2020

Premier calls in QRC for resource role in Queensland COVID-19 recovery

The Queensland Resources Council will join the Premier’s Queensland Industry Recovery Alliance today to work with the Government to maximise the resource sector’s role in the State’s COVID-19 recovery.

25/05/2020

More gas exploration for Queensland

Queensland is strengthening its position as the most reliable supplier of gas on the East Coast with Santos and Denison Gas to explore for gas in the State’s energy rich land said the Queensland Resources Council. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said onshore investments in gas exploration was good news for regional Queensland.

20/05/2020

Industrial manslaughter offence

The safety of mine workers remains the highest priority for the Queensland resources industry.The Queensland Resources Council believes those who work in the industry, whether on mine sites or in offices, do their best and all within their power and responsibility to keep each other safe.  We all want our colleagues to go home to their family.

20/05/2020

QRC shares new Minister’s ambition for Regional Development and COVID-19 recovery

The Queensland Resources Council has met with the new State Minister for Regional Development Glenn Butcher and reaffirmed a shared commitment to a strong COVID-19 recovery.

19/05/2020

QRC farewells New Hope’s Shane Stephan

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has thanked Shane Stephan for his distinguished leadership as Chief Executive Officer & subsequently Managing Director of the New Hope Group after 11 years with the company. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said New Hope Group announced Shane would retire from the company at the end of August.

15/05/2020

More than 1000 new jobs closer with Olive Downs mine approval milestone

Australian Government approval of the Olive Downs metallurgical coal mine project near Moranbah in central Queensland will create more than 1000 new jobs in the region at a time when they were needed most, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.Mr Macfarlane said the Australian Government’s approval, following the Queensland Government’s grant of the Environmental Authority for the project in 2019, was an important milestone for the $1 billion project and a further confidence booster for Queensland’s COVID-19 recovery.

14/05/2020

Senex delivers more power for Queenslanders

Senex Energy has signed a new gas supply agreement with 2.55 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas flowing from the company’s Atlas operations to CleanCo the new publicly owned generator of low-emissions electricity. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the contract was an example of how Queensland’s resources – coal, gas, sunshine and wind – are all helping to drive down the cost of electricity for Queenslanders.

14/05/2020

QRC welcomes more land for gas exploration

The Queensland Resources Council, the peak organisation for the State’s coal, metal and petroleum producers, explorers and suppliers, has welcomed the release of more than 6,700 square kilometres of land in the Surat and Bowen basins between Blackwater and Goondiwindi for gas exploration including domestic-only gas. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Palaszczuk Government’s release of 12 prospective parcels of land for exploration was essential to creating jobs, attracting investment and boosting exports to stimulate the Queensland economy.

11/05/2020

Independent Board of Inquiry into Grosvenor mine incident

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) will cooperate with the independent Board of Inquiry into the Grosvenor mine incident announced by the State Government today. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Board of Inquiry into the incident, at the mine near Moranbah in central Queensland last Wednesday (6 May), would be conducted under the Coal Mining Health and Safety Act 1999.

11/05/2020

Resource exports holding up despite COVID-19

International trade in Queensland’s resources has stayed consistent with an 80 percent contribution to the total value of the State’s exports of $82.1 billion in the 12 months to March 2020, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the latest ABS data was another solid result from the sector as the economic impacts of COVID-19 unfold.

10/05/2020

QRC welcomes new Ministers and focussed on partnership in COVID-19 recovery

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the appointment of new senior Ministers and looks forward to continuing to work with them, in their new roles, to maximise the role of the resources industry in the State’s COVID-19 recovery. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement of the appointment of Cameron Dick as Treasurer and Kate Jones as State Development Minister would be welcomed by the industry.

07/05/2020

Grosvenor Mine incident

Many of the 372,000 men and women working in Queensland’s resources industry do not know the mine workers critically injured at Grosvenor Mine near Moranbah in central Queensland yesterday. But today each of us – as members of the resources family – send our prayers to them, their families and their workmates.

06/05/2020

QRC welcomes Premier’s commitment to the North West Minerals Province

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed Premier Palaszczuk’s commitment to critical minerals in the State’s North West Minerals Province as playing a vital role in Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Premier’s speech to the nation’s energy ministers at the Smart Energy Council today highlighted the importance of the State’s minerals to new sources of energy and technologies.

06/05/2020

QRC welcomes explorer package to boost resource jobs

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s approval of an industry proposal to support coal, metal and petroleum exploration as part of the State’s COVID-19 recovery. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the package recognised the resources sector was critical to Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

04/05/2020

QMEA ready to teach as schools to reopen

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) is ready to roll out term two events across its partner schools following Premier Palaszczuk’s announcement schools would reopen in May. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the QMEA had been supporting the Queensland Government’s Learning@home program through the development of e-learning materials.