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Work with industry to keep the resource project pipeline and Queensland moving

The Queensland Resources Council has urged the Palaszczuk Government to focus on moving the multi-billion-dollar pipeline of resource sector projects from planning to purpose. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said while he welcomed the Government’s advertisement promoting the fact $20 billion worth of resource projects had been approved with the creation of 7000 jobs over the last four years, there was in excess of $60 billion of resource project investment in the pipeline.


QRC commends QR on Mt Isa rail opening

The Queensland Resources Council commends Queensland Rail (QR) on today’s (29th April) opening of the vital economic rail link between Mount Isa and Townsville after it was severely damaged by the north Queensland floods. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said QR CEO Nick Easy and his team worked tirelessly to not only repair the rail but lifted its end of run times.


QRC welcomes Labor commitment to metals, now needs mettle on coal

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed Federal Labor’s commitment to new resource discoveries as a boost for the State’s mining industry, but it has urged Labor to be clear on its position for the future role of coal. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland had a huge potential, particularly through the North West Minerals Province, to develop the new economy minerals so essential for the global growth in renewable energy technology, electric vehicles and battery storage.


QRC & CFMEU on Bob Brown Convoy

The employer and employee representatives for Queensland mine workers have called on Bob Brown to immediately repudiate reported claims from supporters of his anti-jobs tour that liken coal industry jobs to Nazis working in gas chambers during the Holocaust. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane and CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland District President Stephen Smyth said the reported comments were a shocking attack on hard-working Queenslanders and their families.


All MPs must heed bipartisan Committee call to bin Galilee ban: QRC

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a bipartisan Parliamentary Committee’s recommendation to reject legislation proposing a ban on the development of coal reserves in the State’s Galilee Basin. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, who gave evidence to the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee and made a joint written submission with the CFMEU, said the legislation was written by the Greens to write off future jobs, investment, exports and royalties for all Queenslanders.


QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on Bob Brown Convoy

“As Queensland moves towards a low emission economy demand for resources will grow. Renewable energy and batteries used to store electricity need several mined metals and materials including bauxite, copper and nickel. Each of Bob Brown’s electric vehicles have four times more copper than a conventional car. At any given time in Queensland close to 80 percent of the State’s electricity is powered by fossil fuels with the majority sourced from coal. It’s this electricity that is used to charge EVs and people’s smart phones.”


Winchester South coal mine progress highlights need for “fair go” for all projects

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the $1 billion Winchester South coal project in the State’s Bowen Basin reaching the next stage in the approval process. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Winchester South project, approximately 30 kilometres south-east of Moranbah, is an open-cut metallurgical coal mine with an estimated annual production of up to 8 million tonnes of product coal for 30 years, for steel production.


Local students and teachers get tech savvy

Students and teachers at Middlemount Community School are now tech savvy following three intensive days exploring innovation and digital technologies with one of Australia’s leading Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) educators STEM Punks. More than 100 students in years seven to 12 and their teachers experienced hands-on workshops in 3D printing and design, drone programming and virtual and augmented reality.


QRC welcomes Senex domestic gas contract

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) today welcomed Brisbane-based Senex Energy signing its first domestic gas contract from the company’s Project Atlas in the Surat Basin. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the agreement was an Australian first and showcased Queensland’s leading regulatory framework designed to increase supply in the domestic market.


On their bikes for trade careers

More than 20 central Queensland year 12 students shifted gears and saddled up to explore trade careers in a week-long training event held in Dysart last week. The students, from Moranbah, Glenden, Dysart and Blackwater put themselves in the race for highly sought-after apprenticeships when they were shown the inside running from current BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) apprentices from the Saraji and Peak Downs mines. 


Resource sector commitment key to who gets in (seats) like Flynn: QRC

All candidates vying for the marginal Federal electorate of Flynn should make their commitment to the resources sector clear before the 18 May election, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Mr Macfarlane said the resources sector contributed $6.3 billion to the gross regional product in the Flynn electorate, which includes the energy powerhouse of Gladstone.


Election 2019: like your vote, Queensland resources count in every electorate

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the announcement of a 18 May Federal election by releasing the mining and petroleum industries’ $60 billion annual economic contribution across the State’s 30 Federal electorates. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector employed Queenslanders and supported local businesses in every electorate from Leichhardt in the north to McPherson in the south, Maranoa and Kennedy in the west.


Local spending surges, overseas plummets: QRC report

Queensland’s resources sector spending with small and medium businesses in Queensland has increased by 19 percent over 12 months and recorded its first gain in six years.  QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said companies were redirecting spending away from overseas and interstate suppliers to Queensland businesses.


Approval another milestone in Carmichael Coal almost nine-year approval process

The Australian Government’s approval of the Carmichael Coal project’s groundwater management plans, based on the recommendations of CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, is another milestone in the project’s 3091 days and counting approval process.


Coal company tax-boosted Maroon Fund attracts almost half a billion

A proposed Maroon Fund to redirect extra cash generated by Queensland coal in the Federal Budget has reached $491 million in funding requests for community programs, initiatives and capital works said the Queensland Resources Council.


Budget back in black: $7.1 billion surplus brought to you by Queensland coal

The budget calls out the importance of a strong economy. Strong global demand for Queensland’s high quality resources has enabled the industry to get on with creating jobs – more than one new job an hour for the entire year. These are high-tech jobs for the future.


Nominations closing soon for Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards

Nominations are closing soon for the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) annual Indigenous Awards, a night to celebrate excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the State’s resources sector. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the awards, presented during National Reconciliation Week, provide the opportunity to showcase exceptional performance by Indigenous individuals, businesses and resource companies economic participation initiatives.


More detail on ALP’s “tailored” plan to support for trade-exposed industries

The Queensland Resources Council welcomes Federal Labor’s commitment to support the competitiveness of trade-exposed industries, but the policy needed to be more explicit in its support of those industries or it will jeopardise jobs and investment in mining. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Federal Labor’s policy acknowledged that emissions-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) industries face additional barriers to cutting pollution while staying globally competitive.