Media Releases


New tricks of the trade for next gen tradies

Driverless trucks, augmented reality, remotely operated mines, it all sounds futuristic, but the skills required to maintain these new technologies is needed in the toolkits of the next generation of tradies. Taking their first step to a career in resources, around 30 budding tradies from local high schools will experience first-hand the integration of technology and mining when they visit Hastings Deering’s Brisbane workshop.


Industry welcomes North West blueprint

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the state government’s ongoing commitment to the development of the mineral rich North West Minerals Province as a major driver of prosperity in North Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the targeted incentives announced by Minister Lynham would encourage investment and deliver jobs for regional communities.


Toolkit for future careers

About 20 students from Middlemount Community School have a rare opportunity to visit a mine site this week and explore careers available to them in the resources sector. The Middlemount South Toolkit 4 School Kids event for years 9, 10 and 11 students will give them first-hand experience of the work of trades people and engineers on a mine and make them aware of possible career options.


Vale Robin Vigar

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, the QRC Board and staff today acknowledged the enormous contribution to the sector by Robin Vigar. Robin launched the iconic Brisbane Mining Club at Tattersalls alongside her husband Andrew in 2003. She took up the challenge of running the Mining Club after a distinguished career in the resources sector including working for Minproc and as a founding member of the Queensland Exploration Council.


Rio Tinto delivers for the north

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has applauded the significant achievements by Rio Tinto’s Amrun project near Weipa with diversity in its workforce and investment in supporting local suppliers. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the project is delivering on its target to develop local business opportunities as the project nears completion.


GST should reward resourceful states

It is time to penalise states that do not develop resources because of pressure from foreign funded green activists, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane told the Queensland Media Club today.


Statement by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on Kevin’s Corner decision

Today the Land Court of Queensland recommended Minister Lynham grant the Mining Lease and the Environmental Authority be issued for the Kevin’s Corner coal mine in the Galilee Basin, subject to the original draft conditions.


Indigenous and female students explore engineering and trades

Indigenous and female students make up nearly half the students taking part in the trade and engineering camps in Mount Isa this week, run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). Under the watchful eye of Glencore employees the 35 Years 11 and 12 students have the choice of refurbishing push bikes provided by the Mount Isa police department or solving real-life


Working together delivers for waterways

A collaborative approach by the resource and agricultural sectors has delivered healthy waterways in the Fitzroy catchment for the third consecutive year. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Fitzroy River Partnership for River Health Report card scored a ‘B’ Grade reflecting the ongoing work of the sector through its river management systems.


Activism pays off – in the price of your power bill

The anti-gas green activist campaigns have hobbled development in the southern states and is a significant factor in pushing electricity prices up. Yesterday the federal government made the extraordinary announcement that it would intervene in the free market due to a shortage of gas in the east coast market, which has led to skyrocketing power bills for households and businesses.


Resource records reset with exports up $8 billion

The latest figures from the resource industry shows records tumble with an $8 billion increase in exports, however it’s not all good news as the Queensland Resources Council’s quarterly sentiment survey highlights concerns about government policy uncertainty.


New coal technology part of LNP’s approach

The Liberal National Party’s (LNP) support for a new ultra-supercritical coal-fired power station in North Queensland would deliver essential base load power and help to create hundreds of regional jobs. In its 2017 budget reply speech, the LNP’s pragmatic approach to the energy mix would secure cost-effective electricity with new coal technology for North Queensland and the state.


Drones take flight in Capella

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and Glencore Coal have joined forces in central Queensland to deliver drone technology to students at Capella State High School. More than 30 year 7 students are destined to become physicists for a day through a Physics in Flight lesson and see first-hand how drones are improving safety and boosting productivity in the resources sector with the help of local training provider ‘Red Dirt Drones’.


Native Title laws ensure security

Today the Senate has passed vital amendments to the Native Title Act that will restore security to all parties that rely on Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) across the country.


Resources – funding the budget’s ‘jobs bonanza’!

Today’s budget papers illustrate the vital importance of resources, especially coal, to keep the state in the black. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced it as the ‘jobs bonanza budget’, which would have been impossible without royalty revenue.


Bipartisanship necessary to end native title limbo

The Queensland Resources Council is calling for a show of bipartisanship from the federal coalition and the Labor Party to ensure legislation currently before the Senate is passed to amend the Native Title Act in the Senate on Tuesday.


Activists undermining Aboriginal interests: Dr Langton

The Queensland Resources Council backs prominent indigenous leader Dr Marcia Langton’s claims that green activists are “hijacking” and “undermining” the interests of Aboriginal people.


Adani FID delivers blow to green activist campaign

The announcement of Adani’s final investment decision (FID) is great news for regional Queensland and a blow to the green activist campaign aimed at derailing this project at every turn.