Media Releases

19/09/2019

Resources community reflects on fallen miners

Members of Queensland’s resources community will remember the lives of the almost 1500 workers who have died in mining operations at the Miners’ Memorial Day in Moura today, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, who is attending the annual event, said this year’s memorial will commemorate the anniversary of the Moura No.2 mining disaster (7th August) where eleven miners lost their lives 25 years ago.

17/09/2019

BHP report highlights resources sector’s contribution to all Queenslanders

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed BHP’s annual economic contribution report highlighting its increased payments to the Queensland Government last financial year totalled $1.24 billion or $100 million every month. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the report showed the company’s payments, including royalties, from its coal operations to the Queensland Government had increased by more than $100 million last financial year based on the current US dollar-Australian dollar exchange rate.

17/09/2019

Byerwen coal mine opening good news for Queensland exports, jobs and royalties

The opening of the Byerwen coal mine in North Queensland is testament to the strength and diversity of the state's mining sector, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief executive Ian Macfarlane said today. Mr Macfarlane today attended the official opening of the mine in the Bowen Basin, which will produce up to 10 million tonnes of coking coal each year. The mine is a joint venture between QCoal Group and JFE Steel.

12/09/2019

Top awards for Queensland resources sector trailblazers

Queenslanders have taken out two gongs in the Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNAs) presented at Parliament House in Sydney last night.  Dr Jennifer Purdie, a 30-year resources sector veteran and trail blazer for women in the field has won the Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources category.

11/09/2019

Government can act to save New Hope jobs

The Palaszczuk Government must immediately approve the New Acland stage 3 project, following a Court of Appeal decision in favour of New Hope. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said there could be no more hold ups, no more delays and no more excuses.

10/09/2019

New coal exploration good news for regional Queensland

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement that Vitrinite has been awarded the preferred tenderer for a coal exploration permit on land near Clermont. Queensland Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced that Vitrinite would have the opportunity to apply for an exploration permit over 35 square kilometres of land.

05/09/2019

Continuing resources exploration key to long term growth

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said exploration potential within the state must be developed with new incentives, given the importance of the resources sector to our state and national economy as reflected in key economic data this week.

05/09/2019

Resources sector completes safety reset

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the release of official figures that show 96 per cent of workers in Queensland’s resources and quarry sectors have completed safety resets. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources industry has been fully engaged in the reset process, underscoring the sector’s commitment to safety for all workers.

03/09/2019

Resources industry partners prioritise reliability

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said that mining companies will reconsider and prioritise reliability in their engineering and procurement (E&P) partners for multi-million dollar contracts in the face of increased pressure from a minority group of anti-jobs activists.

03/09/2019

Queensland Government’s regional commitment questioned without support for New Hope mine

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said Queenslanders would have every right to question the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to the regions without a decision to keep 150 workers at New Hope’s Acland mine near Oakey in their jobs.

02/09/2019

Time to act in Townsville to throw out anti-Galilee mining Bill

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is calling on the Queensland Parliament to use its Townsville sitting to formally throw out a Bill to ban mining in the Galilee Basin.

27/08/2019

QRC supports resources and industry growth in Queensland’s North West

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the release of the State Government’s North West Queensland Economic Diversification Strategy, and said it was important to strengthen the resources sector and ensure it continues to develop alongside other key industries.

23/08/2019

Queensland resources ready to deliver through more trade with India

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the release of the Australian Government’s Coal in India 2019 report, reinforcing the enormous potential for new jobs and economic benefits through expanding our resources trade with India. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland was in the ideal position to make of the most of the opportunities through more trade with India.

22/08/2019

New Century Zinc agreement highlights royalty role in resources investment, employment

The Palaszczuk Government’s first Royalty Deferral and Repayment Agreement to support the development of New Century Zinc Mine should be a model for other projects to attract more investment and create more jobs, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Mr Macfarlane said the Agreement was under the Government’s 2017 Resources Regional Development Framework for new developments in the North-West Minerals Province and Galilee and Surat basins and QRC welcomes the Government’s acknowledgement it would “provide a precedent for similar arrangements in the future”.

21/08/2019

QRC calls on all industry to stand against anti-mining activists

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said it was disappointing to see reports that engineering firm Aurecon would end its business relationship with Adani based on ill-informed bullying from anti-resources activists. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said regional Queenslanders would be the ones who missed out on jobs as a result.

20/08/2019

QRC supports new law to crack down on dangerous rail protests

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement of new powers to crack down on extremist activists who are risking their own lives and the lives of others with their reckless tactics. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the new offence to prevent dangerous devices being used to shut down public thoroughfares and infrastructure was an important measure to protect everyday citizens simply going about their lives and doing their jobs.

19/08/2019

Resources sector reaffirms commitment to mine safety reset

The State’s mining industry has reaffirmed its commitment to a safety reset at all mine sites, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Mr Macfarlane said the safety reset was an agreed approach between the Queensland Government, industry and unions following four fatalities at mines over the last 12 months and another two fatalities at quarries over the same period.

16/08/2019

Qld’s mining sector unites for safer sites

A record number of mining industry representatives will spend four days working on one focus - the well-being of every man and woman in the mining sector at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference on the Gold Coast. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said more than 900 people will attend the conference starting on Sunday (18th August) which was the largest cohort in the conference’s 31-year history.