Media Releases

21/09/2018

MILESTONE FOR GLADSTONE ENERGY AND AMMONIA PROJECT BRINGS 1000 JOBS CLOSER

A major milestone for a proposed above-ground coal gasification facility in Gladstone is testament to the diversity of the resources sector and its ability to generate new long-term jobs. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Co-ordinator General’s declaration of Co-ordinated Project status for Australian Future Energy’s Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project was good news for Central Queensland.

21/09/2018

QUEENSLAND IDEALLY PLACED TO DELIVER RESOURCES 2030 RECOMMENDATIONS

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the report from the Resources 2030 Taskforce and in particular its focus on a long-term future for the resources industry. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the twenty-nine recommendations covered the range of areas needed to build further prosperity for the sector.

20/09/2018

RESOURCES INDUSTRY CREATES EQUIVALENT OF AN ENTIRE TOWN’S WORTH OF JOBS

Latest ABS data has underlined the importance of maintaining a strong resources industry to keep driving jobs growth, with the sector now creating more than one job an hour. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the detailed quarterly labour force data showed the number of Queensland resources jobs for the August quarter was up an incredible 17 per cent compared with the same time last year.

19/09/2018

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 Charters Towers today, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, who is attending the annual event, said it was the sector’s top priority to make sure each and every one of the men and women working in resources goes home safely.

19/09/2018

Students join forces for mining future

At a time when the resources sector is calling out for more engineers, including those in mining, the Beakers. Bot. Build activity at Moura State High School could not have come at a better time. Students from Biloela and Moura will jointly test their problem solving, analysis and team work skills in a realistic mine-site challenge this week.

18/09/2018

Mine crafting innovation

Robots, programming and design engineering will be all in a day’s work for close to 50 students who’ll gather at Pimlico State High School today. Students from Kirwan and Thuringowa State High Schools will join their Pimlico colleagues in a day-long science challenge, designed to test problem solving, analysis and team work.

18/09/2018

Students kit up for trade careers

Local students will be immersed into a career in mining when they take part in Anglo American’s Trade Camp in Moura this week, run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). The 16 years 11 and 12 Biloela and Moura students, four of them girls, will work on a real project throughout the week alongside apprentices from Anglo American’s Dawson mine.

17/09/2018

Central Queensland students experience mine life

Central Queensland students will this week experience what it’s like to be an engineer in an operating mine. A strong contingent of Central Queensland senior students will be joined for the first time by girls from Brisbane’s Somerville House in the BMA Make It Now in Engineering (MINE) Challenge at the Saraji Mine near Dysart.

17/09/2018

Brisbane girls join regional students for mine camp

In a Queensland first, girls from Brisbane’s Somerville House school will join central Queensland students in an adventure to experience what it’s like to work on a mine. The 15 students will take part in the BMA Make It Now in Engineering (MINE) Challenge at the Saraji Mine near Dysart this week, run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

14/09/2018

Another sign of the sector’s strength

The opening of New Century Resources zinc tailing operations at a former mine site north west of Mount Isa highlights the growing strength of the State’s resources sector, said the Queensland Resources Council. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the $50 million project on a zinc mine at Lawn Hill demonstrates not only the sector’s collaborative approach to resources but its ability to reprocess.

13/09/2018

Miner merger highlights major confidence in Qld resources

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the proposed merger of local Metallica Minerals and Canadian company Melior Resources as further proof of growing confidence in the State’s resources industry. Under the proposal, Melior will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Metallica, which will remain listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

13/09/2018

Resources sector does heavy lifting on Queensland employment

Queenslanders should be encouraged the resources sector is doing its bit to put downward pressure on the States unemployment, which increased by 0.1% to 6.3% today, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Mr Macfarlane said the resources sector has created more than 8400 jobs over the last 12 months – the equivalent of a new job every hour – and this was effectively a 0.4% cut to Queensland’s unemployment rate.

13/09/2018

Qld resources dig deep for R U OK? day 2018

Peabody Australia is using its new million dollar dragline bucket to help raise awareness about suicide in the mining industry on R U OK? day, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the wellbeing of every man and woman always has been, and always will be, the top priority for the resources sector.

13/09/2018

Queensland woman takes top resources award

Queensland’s Rachel Durdin has taken out top honours in prestigious national awards that recognise the contribution of women to the resources sector. Rachel who is General Manager, Project Shaping Rio Tinto in Brisbane was named Gender Diversity Champion at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra this morning.

12/09/2018

Brisbane-based gas company set to explore

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the Palaszczuk Government’s granting of an Authority to Prospect to Armour Energy for exploration in the Surat Basin. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Brisbane-based Armour Energy would supply gas for domestic use which is another sign the Queensland gas industry is leading the nation with a proactive approach to easing the east coast gas squeeze.

11/09/2018

Queensland women vie for top mining awards

Queensland’s leading women in resources will be in Canberra this week vying for top honors in the Women in Resources National Awards. They were the winners of the Queensland Resources council (QRC)/Women in in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) state awards presented in Brisbane in March and will join finalists from all other states and territories at the presentation event at Parliament House in the nation’s capital.

11/09/2018

“Cash for gas” – reward States that do, punish those that don’t

Both sides of Federal politics should pledge to reward States, like Queensland, to develop their gas reserves and help ease pressure on east coast gas supplies, the Queensland Resources Council said today. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland continued to do the heavy lifting, while New South Wales and Victoria steadfastly refused to develop their gas reserves.

07/09/2018

Resources sector accounts for Queensland’s export growth under Palaszczuk Government

The resources sector has delivered the $30 billion increase in exports since the Palaszczuk Government came to office three-and-a-half years ago, according to latest trade data. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said since the 2015 State election, coal exports have increased by $15.2 billion to $33.5 billion and commodities such as LNG, alumina and semi-soft coking metallurgical coal have increased by $15.1 billion to $21.4 billion over the same period. Mineral exports have remained stable at under $8 billion.