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Queensland mining sector’s record coal royalties will cover extra infrastructure spending

The Queensland Resources Council projects record coal royalties of $3.7 billion this financial year which will pay for the Palaszczuk Government’s extra infrastructure spending across the State.


Aurizon CEO must explain actions after Japan steel makers warnings

Aurizon Chief Executive Officer Andrew Harding must explain why he ramped up the dispute with the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) after Japanese steel makers raised concerns about his company’s actions to restrict the movement of metallurgical coal from central Queensland mines to


Queensland resources sector creates more jobs to SEEK

New jobs in the Queensland resources sector advertised online have increased by 91% compared over the last 12 months, highlighting improved confidence and industry outlook, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.


Students take first steps to resources careers

Local students took their first steps towards careers in the resources sector when they attended workshops at Pimlico State High School recently.


Resources sector welcomes 5 millionth Queenslander

On behalf of the State’s resources industry, I welcome the arrival of the five millionth Queenslander and reaffirm the sector’s support for all Queenslanders. The resources industry has been a constant contributor in the development of Queensland as a decentralised State and an economic powerhouse exporting to the world.


Arrogant Aurizon on track to drive $2B hole into State Budget

The Queensland resources industry has warned next month’s State Budget could face a $2 billion hole due to monopoly rail operator Aurizon cutting the number of trains moving coal to export ports.


Students link school with real world

Pioneer State High School students have learned how their school subjects relate to exciting real-world careers. The high-achieving year-10 students, who are interested in pursuing a professional career in engineering or science, extracted metals from rocks and programmed Lego robots to efficiently manage ‘coal’ stockpiles.


Students become miners for a day

About 100 Townsville students tried on resources sector careers for size at workshops at Kirwan State High School today. Run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), the students were mentored by staff from Glencore and Hastings Deering and given a taste of careers as professionals or trades people.


A taste of mining life for local students

Local students thinking of careers in the resources sector will experience a taste of mining life during two events being conducted today by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy.


No surprises Federal Budget welcomed by resources sector

The Turnbull Government’s surprise-free Federal Budget will allow the resources sector to invest more, export more and employ more, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.


Resources industry pledges support for domestic violence campaign

Queensland’s resources industry has reaffirmed its support for efforts to prevent family and domestic violence with the launch of the Palaszczuk Government’s #bystander campaign.


Bauxite boost to Queensland resources sector export

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a new four-year export deal secured for Queensland bauxite with one of China’s largest integrated aluminium companies.


Resources sector keeps Queensland exports at record highs

The resources sector has helped Queensland maintain its record high export results with strong growth in coal, LNG and mineral exports over the last 12 months, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.


Government tender for exploration vote of confidence in mining jobs

The Palaszczuk Government’s announcement today calling tenders to explore more than 540 square kilometres for coal development for export, steel production and electricity generation was another vote in confidence in mining sector jobs, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.


Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy brings science to life at Taroom

South-West Queensland and Darling Downs students joined the world of robots, chemistry and design engineering and learn how they relate to real-world careers this week.


Court decision gives new hope to New Hope mine project and 3000 jobs

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn last year’s Land Court decision on the expansion of the New Hope’s New Acland mine near Toowoomba provides “new hope” for up to 3000 direct and indirect jobs, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.


HELE power plant would strengthen Queensland’s trade, energy leadership

The Palaszczuk Government’s leadership promoting overseas trade and an energy mix for stable local supplies and prices would be strengthened if it also supported a high-efficiency low-emission (HELE) coal-fired power plant in the State’s north, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.


Queensland Resources Council welcomes Cabinet focus on Mackay region

The Palaszczuk Government’s decision to govern from the Mackay region was an opportunity to highlight the importance of the resources sector to local economy and the opportunities for further growth, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.