Media Releases

09/06/2019

Rail commitment will drive Mineral Province potential for new investment, exports and jobs

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to upgrading the Townsville to Mount Isa rail line and reducing rail charges as a new driver in investment, exports and jobs from the State’s North West Minerals Province. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the announcement ahead of the Budget by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad of $380 million over five years to upgrade the line and reduce user charges by $20 million per annum was a commitment of confidence in the resources sector, particularly copper, zinc and lead.

07/06/2019

Premier’s commitment to resources and renewables a recipe for regional resilience

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has reaffirmed the importance of the resources sector and its role in renewables as a recipe for regional resilience and prosperity, the Queensland Resources Council said. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Premier’s speech to CEDA, with former US Vice-President Al Gore in Brisbane today, made it clear there was a strong future for the resources sector in Queensland and the benefits to regional communities from it.

07/06/2019

QRC thanks resources sector workers “you’ve delivered another Qld export record”

More than 315,000 Queensland men and women working in the the State’s resources sector have helped Queensland post a new export record. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland Treasury analysis released overnight showed resource exports delivered more than $65 billion of the $85.2 billion total exports of Queensland goods in the 12 months to the end of April 2019.

03/06/2019

QRC welcomes collaborative approach to gas supply

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to award 18 square kilometres of land for gas production to APLNG-Armour Energy. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the granting of the licence with a domestic-only condition was an example of the State’s leading regulatory framework.

31/05/2019

Students get wise about water

Roma’s St John’s Catholic School students are wiser about how water is used, filtered and recycled following a workshop at their school yesterday. Water4All is run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) and focuses on the environmental management of this precious resource.

29/05/2019

QRC welcomes reassurance of no royalty increase offer from Palaszczuk Government

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s offer to freeze the rates of royalties on coal and minerals for three years. The LNP has already promised to freeze royalty rates until October 2024.

29/05/2019

QRC welcomes gas exploration contracts

Queensland is strengthening its position as the most reliable supplier of gas on the East Coast after the Palaszczuk Government awarded more than 2700 square kilometres of energy rich land for exploration. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the economics of supply and demand were simple.

28/05/2019

Indigenous leaders shine at QRC’s Indigenous Awards

The State’s resources sector body has recognised the incredible Indigenous contribution to Queensland’s resources sector at the QRC’s Indigenous Awards at the W Hotel in Brisbane last night. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the three individual prizes were awarded to three very talented Indigenous women.

26/05/2019

Premier should cancel Japan trade tour until royalties uncertainty ends

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk should immediately cancel her planned trade trip to Japan and stay in Queensland to end the uncertainty about royalty taxes which could cost jobs in the resources sector, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. “To be frank, there’s no point to a trade mission to any of our valued trading markets while there is uncertainty that new taxes will be imposed on resources," he said.

23/05/2019

LNP commitment on royalties delivers resources job certainty – Labor, your turn

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a commitment from the Liberal National Party to keep the rate of royalties on the Queensland resources industry stable for the next five years. Speaking from Mackay, QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has responded to the industry, union and small business calls for no change in rates of royalties to provide investment and employment certainty for the resources sector in Queensland, which already supports the jobs of more than 315,000 Queenslanders.

22/05/2019

NEW ADANI APPROVAL DEADLINE MUST BE SET IN STONE

The Palaszczuk Government must ensure its Friday deadline brings to an end the delays and uncertainty for the final approvals on the Adani Carmichael mine, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. “The Adani Carmichael mine has been undergoing its approvals process for nine years. In 2010 the Bligh Government announced the Coordinator General’s awarding of ‘Significant Project’ status for the Adani mine,” Mr Macfarlane said.

22/05/2019

Students prepare for new world of work

Local students will today have hands-on experience of the high-level science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) skills that will be needed for the jobs of the future. Students at Kingston State College will work alongside visiting resources sector professionals as they complete STEM-related tasks that are linked to the school curriculum and the real world of work.

22/05/2019

Royalty changes would risk Japanese coal market exports and Queensland jobs

The Palaszczuk Government would jeopardise Queensland coal exports to Japan if it increased the rate of royalties on resource commodities when it delivers its State Budget next month. On the eve of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visiting Tokyo, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said US coal exports to Japan were at five-year highs and a royalty hike could make US coal more attractive than Queensland coal in the Japanese market.

20/05/2019

QRC seeks talks with Premier on mining post-Federal election

The Palaszczuk Government must immediately reaffirm its support for the resource industry and resource jobs, with a commitment for long-term royalty stability and a fair go for all projects, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today. Mr Macfarlane said the message was clear after Queenslanders across resource communities voted so overwhelmingly for the Federal Coalition Government’s pro-mining and pro-jobs agenda and record.

17/05/2019

Taxing resources is attacking 14,000 Qld businesses, 315,000 Qld jobs: Brisbane warned

The current Palaszczuk Government must rule out any change to the royalty rates applied to the Queensland resources industry or risk undermining 14,000 Queensland businesses and 315,000 Queensland jobs. The Queensland Resources Council and regional advocacy group the Resources Industry Network have warned the Palaszczuk Government that uncertainty about the rate of royalties applied to resource commodities such as coal was creating concern across the industry particularly the small business suppliers to resource companies.

16/05/2019

Resource royalty uncertainty risks mine projects, jobs at a time of high Qld unemployment

A survey of Queensland resource companies has found an overwhelming majority of company chief executive officers believe their projects and the creation of thousands of jobs from those projects would be less likely to proceed if the Palaszczuk Government changes the rate of royalties. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said when asked if royalty uncertainty affected the likelihood of Queensland projects proceeding, 77% of respondents agreed.

15/05/2019

QRC-CFMEU demand royalty certainty for job certainty

Mine worker and employer representatives have warned the Queensland Government that uncertainty about the royalty rates it applies to the resources sector is creating job uncertainty. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane and CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President Stephen Smyth said the Queensland Government should rule out any increase in royalty rates applying to resource commodities, such as coal, metals and LNG, this week.

14/05/2019

QRC welcomes gold mine expansion in north Queensland

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the State Government’s decision to grant Resolute Mining nine new mining leases as part of a $150 million project to extend the life of its Ravenswood gold mine operations in north Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the announcement by Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham would secure the 280 existing jobs and create another 100 construction jobs for the new mine, 150 kilometres south-west of Townsville.