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Qld walking on sunshine – 2022 set to be bumper resources year

The Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) latest CEO sentiment survey results are in – and the news is good for every Queenslander. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said all signs point to a bumper year for Queensland's resources sector - and the Queensland budget.


Qld commodities help smash export earnings record

The importance of the Queensland resources sector to the national economy has been highlighted again today, following the release of new national figures showing resources export values have surged to an unprecedented high of $425 billion.


Federal budget: resources comes through for Australia

Queensland’s $84.3 billion resources sector has helped inoculate the Australian economy from the worst effects of Covid and will play an equally important role in supplying the nation’s ongoing energy needs, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.


70,000 tonnes of warmth and light for Ukraine

Whitehaven Coal, a Queensland Resources Council (QRC) member, is supplying Ukraine with 70,000 tonnes of thermal coal to help keep the lights on and stave off freezing conditions, following an urgent request from the Australian Government. 


Qld a critical player in new economy minerals investment

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to support new investment in critical minerals projects, which is a key growth area for Queensland’s resources sector.


Resources “dig deep” to keep Qld communities afloat

Queensland resources companies are digging deep to help people in flood-affected parts of the state, donating millions of dollars towards relief efforts.


Qld celebrates rich seam of female talent in mining awards

Gold Coast-based engineer and FIFO worker Lydia Gentle was today announced as the 2022 Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources at an event for 1000 people at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre in Brisbane. Lydia heads a team of 600 people at BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Peak Downs metallurgical coal mine near Moranbah in Central Queensland.


Time to approve New Acland to support global markets

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is calling on the Queensland Government to finalise approvals for the New Acland Mine Stage 3 project, to reinforce Australia’s reputation as a reliable supplier of energy commodities.


QRC welcomes plan set to help deliver skilled workforce

A new national report has flagged important next steps to help tackle the skills shortages that affect the resources sector and other key industries, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the release of the ‘Next Steps: Report of the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review’ by the Australian Government was another part of the jigsaw in addressing skills bottlenecks across the economy.


Safety in Qld’s resources sector goes digital

The Queensland resources sector is taking its health and safety message online, with the launch of new safety videos on YouTube. Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference Chair Peter Newman said the first in a series of videos looks back on the history of mining health and safety to share the lessons of the past.


Student leaders vie for Qld’s top resources award

High-achieving school leaders of today, and potentially the next generation of leaders of Queensland’s multibillion-dollar mining and energy sector tomorrow.  The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) today announced Jemma Donovan from Brisbane’s San Sisto College, Kathleen Farrelly from Spinifex State College in Mount Isa, Claire Thompson from Kelvin Grove State College and Sanya Arora from Gladstone’s Chanel College will vie for the honour of being recognised as exceptional amongst their peers. 


Women at the top of their game in resources

What do a select group of 12 women from Dingo, Gladstone, Brisbane, Mount Isa, Dysart, Toowoomba, Hope Island and Townsville have in common? As the rest of Queensland is about to find out, these women are this year’s state finalists in the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) 2022 Awards for Women, presented by Anglo American.


Good times roll in the Sunshine State as export values surge

Last year’s national trade figures are out – and it’s great news for resource-rich Queensland. According to the latest ABS data, in 2021 national resources and energy exports were up almost 30 percent on the previous year, setting a new Australian record of $348.9 billion. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the data showed national coal exports in the December quarter alone were valued at $23.8 billion, up almost 160 percent on the same quarter in 2020.


Success in the pipeline for Qld’s Bowen Basin

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the news that a proposed new gas pipeline in the Bowen Basin could help reduce industry emissions, boost the state’s gas supplies and create more regional jobs.   QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said State Government’s release of its Bowen Basin Pipeline Concept Study followed six months of industry consultation, after the QRC and AMEC secured an election commitment to assess the feasibility of building a new gas pipeline in the


Qld taxpayer missing out on royalty revenue as anti-coal protests escalate

The legal consequences for activists who stop trains from hauling coal to port needs to take into account this unlawful behaviour currently costs the state taxpayer about $3.4 million a day in lost royalty taxes, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said less coal for export means less royalty revenue for the state budget to fund health, education and other essential government services.


Strong global recovery helps drive Qld’s resourceful exports

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland’s major commodities of coal, LNG, aluminium, bauxite, copper and zinc are helping drive Australia’s strong growth outlook for resources. “The resources sector has continued to underpin the national economy by paying the most company tax out of any industry, and we also pay our employees the highest wages compared to any other sector,” Mr Macfarlane said.


Resources sector calls for more protection for employees from abusive and illegal activist behaviour

The ongoing abuse, harassment and intimidation of female and male employees by activists trespassing on or around mine sites must be taken more seriously by the courts, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.   QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said courts need to impose appropriate penalties that reflect the seriousness of the offences being committed by a small group of activists, such as locking onto rail lines and physically and verbally intimidating resources workers.


QRC welcomes Land Court decision on extension of New Acland Stage 3

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has warmly welcomed the decision by the Land Court of Queensland to recommend the New Acland Mine Stage 3 mining leases and environmental authority amendment application be granted, subject to conditions. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said it has taken 14 years for the project to finally reach this stage, with the initial development application lodged by New Hope Group in 2007.