Media Releases


QRC welcomes QCoal’s 10-year partnership with RFDS

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a 10-year partnership between QCoal Group and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) which led to the creation of the RFDS Dental Service. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the partnership started in 2010 and resulted in the QCoal Foundation funding a purpose-built 18-wheel semi-trailer equipped with x-ray equipment for dental care.


QRC welcomes Mitsubishi Development’s pioneering mental health program

Queensland’s resources sector continues to demonstrate its commitment to not just the local economies of the regions in which it operates but the health and well-being of the communities within those regions said the Queensland Resources Council.


QRC welcomes milestone for job-generating Glencore mine in CQ

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s designation of the proposed $1.5 billion Glencore Valeria coal mine in central Queensland as a coordinated project.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Valeria coal project, near Capella on the Central Highlands, offers 1400 construction jobs and 950 ongoing jobs once operational.


APLNG ships 500th LNG cargo

Queensland Resources Council today congratulated ConocoPhillips and its Australia Pacific LNG joint venture on shipping its 500th cargo of liquified natural gas from APLNG’s Curtis Island plant near Gladstone. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the State’s gas industry was continuing to deliver exports and support jobs to help with the post COVID-19 economic recovery.


QRC welcomes CSG industry’s support of the Aero-Medical Service

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the coal seam gas (CSG) industry’s five-year funding extension to the Surat Gas Aero-Medical Service to at least 2025. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the CSG industry understands the importance of supporting the communities in which it operates.


Stable royalties required – don’t risk regional recovery from COVID-19

The Queensland Resources Council has repeated its call for the Palaszczuk Government to match the LNP Opposition commitment to a 10-year freeze on all resource royalties. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the industry noted the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment today to a five-year freeze for new petroleum royalty arrangements, following its earlier commitment to freeze the rate and threshold for coal and metal royalties for three years.


Resource jobs momentum to continue despite COVID-19: State of the Sector

The resources industry has kept Queenslanders working through the COVID-19 response and is playing a central role in the economic recovery according to the latest State of the Sector report said the Queensland Resources Council. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said a survey of the State’s top resource leaders in May found strong momentum in employment growth over the next 12 months.


Record interest in government grants to reboot exploration

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and its exploration promotion arm, the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) supports and encourages the record number of exploration companies that have opted-in for government grants as part of a multi-million dollar COVID-19 explorer support package. QEC Chair Kim Wainwright said the explorer member organisation was pleased to see more than double the amount of applications than the previous grant round received.


Resource sector employment boost for post COVID-19 recovery

In a huge boost to regional employment three companies in the resources sector will push ahead with apprenticeship intake programs for 2021 to help fast-track the State’s economy post COVID-19, said the Queensland Resources Council.


Treasurer delivers coal asset certainty in uncertain times

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the decision of new Treasurer Cameron Dick to provide regulatory certainty for rail and port infrastructure so critical for the coal industry’s $52 billion economic contribution and more than 260,000 Queensland jobs. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Treasurer had declared the Central Queensland Coal Network (CQCN) and the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) as regulated monopolies until 2040 and 2030 respectively.


Premier calls in QRC for resource role in Queensland COVID-19 recovery

The Queensland Resources Council will join the Premier’s Queensland Industry Recovery Alliance today to work with the Government to maximise the resource sector’s role in the State’s COVID-19 recovery.


More gas exploration for Queensland

Queensland is strengthening its position as the most reliable supplier of gas on the East Coast with Santos and Denison Gas to explore for gas in the State’s energy rich land said the Queensland Resources Council. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said onshore investments in gas exploration was good news for regional Queensland.


Industrial manslaughter offence

The safety of mine workers remains the highest priority for the Queensland resources industry.The Queensland Resources Council believes those who work in the industry, whether on mine sites or in offices, do their best and all within their power and responsibility to keep each other safe.  We all want our colleagues to go home to their family.


QRC shares new Minister’s ambition for Regional Development and COVID-19 recovery

The Queensland Resources Council has met with the new State Minister for Regional Development Glenn Butcher and reaffirmed a shared commitment to a strong COVID-19 recovery.


QRC farewells New Hope’s Shane Stephan

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has thanked Shane Stephan for his distinguished leadership as Chief Executive Officer & subsequently Managing Director of the New Hope Group after 11 years with the company. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said New Hope Group announced Shane would retire from the company at the end of August.


More than 1000 new jobs closer with Olive Downs mine approval milestone

Australian Government approval of the Olive Downs metallurgical coal mine project near Moranbah in central Queensland will create more than 1000 new jobs in the region at a time when they were needed most, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.Mr Macfarlane said the Australian Government’s approval, following the Queensland Government’s grant of the Environmental Authority for the project in 2019, was an important milestone for the $1 billion project and a further confidence booster for Queensland’s COVID-19 recovery.


Senex delivers more power for Queenslanders

Senex Energy has signed a new gas supply agreement with 2.55 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas flowing from the company’s Atlas operations to CleanCo the new publicly owned generator of low-emissions electricity. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the contract was an example of how Queensland’s resources – coal, gas, sunshine and wind – are all helping to drive down the cost of electricity for Queenslanders.


QRC welcomes more land for gas exploration

The Queensland Resources Council, the peak organisation for the State’s coal, metal and petroleum producers, explorers and suppliers, has welcomed the release of more than 6,700 square kilometres of land in the Surat and Bowen basins between Blackwater and Goondiwindi for gas exploration including domestic-only gas. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Palaszczuk Government’s release of 12 prospective parcels of land for exploration was essential to creating jobs, attracting investment and boosting exports to stimulate the Queensland economy.