Media Releases

24/01/2020

QMEA to reach new heights in 2020

Thousands of school children at 75 schools across the state will return for a record start for the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) along with a full calendar of events to prepare students for future careers. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said enhancing the teaching and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and trade skills would help students onto pathways to rewarding careers.

24/01/2020

New year, 1000 new jobs in resources

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is urging jobseekers on the hunt for a new career in 2020 to consider the lucrative options in the Queensland resources sector. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resource sector was investing and expanding operations across the State with more than 1000 jobs currently advertised in mining, resources and energy on the employment website SEEK.

14/01/2020

Top performers announced in Resources Awards for Women

A scholarship for an MBA from the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) will go to the winner of the Exceptional Woman category, and all other categories will receive a $5,000 scholarship from AIM. ‘These awards play a pivotal role in our sector’s efforts to bring better gender balance to our workforce,’ said QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.

13/01/2020

Statement from QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on Curragh mine fatality

The Queensland Resources Council is saddened by the tragic news of a worker’s death at the Curragh coal mine near Blackwater. On behalf of the industry, QRC offers condolences to the worker’s family, friends and workmates. The resources industry is tight-knit, so this tragedy will deeply affect everyone who works in and with the resources community.

11/12/2019

Nominations open for QRC’s 2020 Indigenous Awards

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is calling for nominations for its 2020 Indigenous Awards which recognise and celebrate the incredible achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the State’s resources sector. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector was committed to providing economic pathways and opportunities to Indigenous Australians from Brisbane to Cape York.

11/12/2019

QRC welcomes Australian Government support for Queensland critical minerals investment

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of Major Project Status for the Multicom Resources Limited Saint Elmo Vanadium project near Julia Creek. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the granting of this status was an important next step to creating new mining jobs in North Queensland.

10/12/2019

QRC welcomes Senex Energy’s first gas from Project Atlas

Gas is flowing from Senex Energy’s Project Atlas near Wandoan after the company was awarded the acreage with a domestic-only condition last year by the Queensland Government. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Senex Energy had already created hundreds of jobs during construction and would now protect jobs by delivering gas domestically.

09/12/2019

QRC welcomes Armour Energy, Santos agreement

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the partnership between Brisbane-based Armour Energy and Santos through the South Nicholson Basin Farmin Agreement. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said diversity in the State’s gas industry leads to smaller and larger operators using each other’s strengths to develop gas.

09/12/2019

QRC commends Glencore’s environmental credentials

Glencore has again demonstrated the resolute commitment of the resources sector to upholding the highest environmental standards, with the Queensland Government certifying 166 hectares of rehabilitated mined land at the company’s Rolleston coal operations in central Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said it was the second area of land certified by the Government after 220 hectares were signed off at the site last year.

03/12/2019

QRC and CFMEU call for Acland mine approvals

The CFMEU has added its voice to calls from the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) for the Palaszczuk Government to act on approvals for the New Hope coal mine near Oakey. CFMEU Queensland Mining and Energy District President Stephen Smyth said the Government must stand up for workers.

03/12/2019

Explorers optimistic despite policy concerns

Ongoing confidence in the resources sector is translating into an increase in exploration investment across all major commodities but policy concerns persist, a new report from the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) has found. The QEC Scorecard was released at the QEC breakfast attended by the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham this morning.

02/12/2019

Palaszczuk Government must act on lawfare holding up New Hope mine

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is calling on the Palaszczuk Government to step in to end the uncertainty for workers at the New Hope coal mine near Oakey by approving the mining lease and associated water licence for the stage 3 expansion. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said that news today that the Oakey Coal Action Alliance will apply through the Environmental Defenders Office for special leave of the High Court to appeal a Queensland Court’s decision that would allow the mine to proceed meant more upheaval for local families.

26/11/2019

Statement by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on Carborough Downs fatality

The Queensland Resources Council is deeply saddened by the news of a fatality at the Fitzroy Australia Resources Carborough Downs mine in Central Queensland. Our thoughts are with the worker’s family and friends and the entire community which will be affected by this tragedy.

19/11/2019

Queensland Government’s critical minerals funding package – “we dig it”: QRC

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a $13.8 million five-year Queensland Government package to encourage new discoveries of critical minerals to attract more overseas investment, drive more international trade and create more local jobs and economic prosperity. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, who is in Washington DC as part of a delegation led by Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan to further develop the US-Australia trading partnership on critical minerals, said the package announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was based on consultation with the industry and would hit the right mark at the right time.

19/11/2019

Critical week to drive Queensland’s critical minerals potential globally and locally

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is participating in high-level meetings in Washington DC and Mount Isa today to help drive Queensland’s critical minerals potential to attract more overseas investment, drive more international trade and create more local jobs and economic prosperity. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane is in Washington DC as part of a delegation led by Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan’s Australian critical minerals delegation to further develop the US-Australia trading partnership on critical minerals, while QRC Director Andrew Barger will be attending the New Economy Minerals Summit with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and senior Ministers in Mount Isa.

14/11/2019

QRC supports critical minerals investment push

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of new finance pathways for critical minerals projects, along with a special project facilitation office. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane will join Resources Minister Matt Canavan’s Australian critical minerals delegation to Washington next week to further develop the US-Australia trading partnership.

04/11/2019

QRC welcomes Australian Government commitment to resources

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement from the Morrison Government of a new Skills Organisation Pilot to focus on the mining industry. Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement today at the QRC’s annual launch of the economic contribution data for the sector.

01/11/2019

Resources sector returns reach $74.3 billion

The Queensland resources sector is powering the state’s economy adding more than a billion dollars in value a week and now accounting for one in seven jobs, according to updated Queensland Resources Council (QRC) economic data. The resources sector now supports 372,561 direct and indirect jobs, and in 2018-19 it added $74.3 billion to the Queensland economy. The new figures were released today at QRC’s annual economic contribution launch, attended by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.