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Queensland records highest ever number of coal jobs

The value of Queensland’s resources industry to the state economy has been proven yet again, with the news today Queensland has recorded the highest number of coal jobs ever reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in the September to November 2020 quarter.


Three Central Qld students vie for top state resources award

The top three state finalists for the exceptional female student category in this year’s prestigious Resources Awards for Women come from resource-rich Central Queensland. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) today announced Caitlin Boothby from Biloela State High School, Chloe Coombe from The Cathedral College in Rockhampton and Charlise Falconer from Gladstone’s Chanel College will vie for the honour of being recognised as exceptional amongst their peers.


Women on the march to Queensland resources sector

They come from all over Queensland but have one key thing in common – a record of exceptional performance in the resources sector. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) today announced state finalists for the 2021 Resources Awards for Women. 


QRC to provide industry input on proposal to use mining camps as quarantine facilities

The Queensland Resources Council will continue to work with the Chief Health Officer (CHO), QRC members and the State Government to provide feedback on the Premier’s proposal to use mining camps as quarantine facilities for overseas travellers, to be discussed at National Cabinet next Friday.


Resources sector pulls out all stops to keep regions COVID-safe: QRC

Queensland’s resources sector has continued to go “above and beyond” to keep workers, their families and regional communities safe following the Queensland Government’s announcement on Friday of a 72-hour lockdown for Greater Brisbane.   Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today the resources sector was committed to doing everything it could to prevent the spread of COVID.  Based on the QRC’s recommendation following the announcement of the Greater Brisbane lockdown, mining and gas companies immediately and voluntarily put a three-day hold on regional travel from Greater Brisbane, unless essential from a safety or operational perspective, to help contain the spread of COVID-19.


Resources sector supports lockdown

Queensland’s resources sector is working with the Queensland Government in support of the COVID-19 three-day lockdown announced by the Premier today. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane says the resources sector remains committed to keeping its workers, their families and those Queenslanders living in mining regions safe. The resources sector is managing the impact on production as companies cease FIFO movements out of Greater Brisbane to regional Queensland during the lockdown. As well, resource companies are ensuring their regional worksites operate under strict COVID-safe plans and are isolating workers who have travelled from Greater Brisbane since 2 January from the local community they work in.


QRC welcomes initial Coal Mining Board of Inquiry report

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the first part of a Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry report into a number of safety incidents on mine sites over the past 18 months, including a serious incident at Anglo American's Grosvenor mine in May. 


$640 million investment in exploration a driving force behind Qld resources sector

Exploration activity across coal, petroleum, gold and copper deposits in Queensland continues to rise despite COVID and a drop in coal and petroleum prices, Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) chair Kim Wainwright said today. According to the QEC’s 10th annual exploration scorecard, launched online today, council members invested more than $640 million in the sector in 2019-20, with more than half expecting to increase or maintain activity or expenditure in Queensland over the next 12 months.


Mining services company awarded for trebling Indigenous workforce

Mining services company Sodexo’s success in trebling the number of Indigenous employees at its Weipa and Amrun operations has won it a gong in the Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards. The honour was presented by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane at its seventh annual awards today.


First Indigenous GM for Rio Tinto wins prestigious Qld award

Brad Welsh, Rio Tinto’s first Indigenous general manager of operations, has been named Exceptional Indigenous Person by Queensland’s resources sector.


Recognition for increasing Indigenous participation in CQ mines

A woman who has increased the participation of Indigenous people at QCoal’s Central Queensland mines has been recognised in prestigious awards presented today. Margarita Escartin, Social Performance consultant for QCoal was presented the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) Indigenous Advocacy Award by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.


Townsville student wins prestigious Indigenous award

Tec-NQ student Lincoln Anderson has been named Exceptional IndigenousQueensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) student at a prestigious awards event in Brisbane today. The QMEA is the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council and currently partners with 80 schools throughout the state to provide industry education and training.


Gongs for Indigenous business participation in resources sector

The efforts of Queensland companies to support the grown of Indigenous businesses servicing the state’s resources sector have been recognised. Arrow energy’s Whanu Binal Program and Diversified Building Services (DBS) have each taken out their category in the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) Indigenous Awards presented today by QRC’s Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane


Mackay Indigenous tradeswoman a rising star

Tenille Tonga, Hastings Deering’s first Indigenous female leading hand, has taken out the Rising Star category in the prestigious Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Indigenous Awards. 


Resources can help Qld become an energy superpower

Queensland can become Australia’s number one ‘Energy State’ and a global energy superpower thanks to abundant coal and gas reserves and easy access to renewables, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today. 


QIC investment in Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal backs resources

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the Queensland Investment Corporation’s (QIC) commitment to take a 9.9 per cent stake in the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) near Mackay. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Treasurer Cameron Dick had flagged the proposed investment in DBCT by QIC, the Government’s investment arm, prior to the State election.