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Free training to boost skills

Queensland’s resources sector has applauded the Queensland Government for offering free Certificate III trade training courses for year-12 graduates in high-demand skills areas. Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Ian Macfarlane said the free courses would encourage students to take up training in skills shortage areas.


Nominations open for Qld’s Mining Awards

Submissions are now open for the 2018 Queensland Mining Awards, with entries welcomed across seven categories ranging from time and cost saving to engagement, collaboration and safety. The Bowen Basin Mining Club is hosting the Awards, and Director Jodie Currie encourages businesses of all sizes to consider an entry, particularly with the introduction of the new Collaboration category which is also open to mining companies.


LNG exports break new records, coal delivered to the world

The resources sector continues to underpin the Queensland economy with record LNG exports over the year to December 2017 while coal showed it was still in high demand and on track for another record export tonnage until rail and port infrastructure was disrupted when Cyclone Debbie hit in March. New data released today reveals that LNG exports from Queensland in 2017 totalled 20.2 million tonnes (mt), eclipsing the previous year's record by 2.7 mt.


Top mining women vie for honours

Queensland’s top resources sector women have been announced. The winners of the award categories will be announced at the QRC/WIMARQ International Women’s Day Breakfast on 8 March, presented by BHP.


QRC welcomes bauxite approval

Momentum in Queensland’s resources sector has started strongly in the new year with the State Government approving another significant mining lease. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Metallica Minerals Urquhart Bauxite Project in the Cape York could unearth sizeable amounts of bauxite.


More good news for coal

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the announcement by Minister Lynham to extend Batchfire Callide’s mining lease in central Queensland to 2043. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said it’s more good news for the coal industry.


QRC welcomes the new Turnbull team

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) looks forward to working constructively with the new Turnbull Government Ministry and Cabinet.The new Cabinet sees Queensland well represented with three champions of regional communities. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Council already had a strong working relationship with Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator Matt Canavan.


Coal delivers again for the budget

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) today called for the state government to stand-up for resources industry and to acknowledge coal’s fiscal value to the state budget and the thousands of coal workers who help deliver the royalties. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today’s Mid-Year Financial Economic Review (MYFER) yet again showed resources, especially coal, underpin the budget.


Resources jobs powering the Queensland economy

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) congratulates Glencore after announcing the gradual restart of operations at the Lady Loretta mine in the state’s North West region. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Glencore’s decision would see 250 jobs created and is yet another sign of the company’s commitment to employ locally.


Government must protect regional jobs

On behalf of the QRC I congratulate the Premier and her government on being re-elected for a second term. The QRC is fully committed to working with the Labor Government to create jobs and drive economic growth to benefit all Queenslanders.


Milestone agreement to boost domestic gas

Domestic gas supply is set for a boost with Arrow Energy’s announcement of their sales agreement with Shell’s QCLNG for Queensland gas. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Arrow will unlock significant gas reserves in the Surat Basin which will increase supply into the domestic market.


QMEA ambassadors top of their class

It may be a little while before the result of the state election is known, but Queensland will soon have 20 new ambassadors. The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) ambassadors will be inducted by the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham on Friday at a gala breakfast.


Taps turn on QGC’s Charlie

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the decision by Shell’s $1.7 billion QGC project Charlie to inject up to 90 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas annually to Australian homes, businesses and LNG customers. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the announcement coincided with the opening of Charlie in the Surat Basin which includes gas wells, pipelines and a gas compression station.


Indigenous employment shines in resources

Growth in Indigenous employment in the Queensland resources sector has outstripped growth across the total resources sector workforce, doubling in ten years. According to the latest census data Indigenous workers in the sector stood at 908 in 2006 and rose to 2,007 in 2016.


QRC partners with Qld Mining Awards

The third Queensland Mining Awards have officially launched today at the Bowen Basin Mining Club’s November luncheon, following a key partnership announcement with the QRC earlier this week. The 2018 Awards will take a step up in prestige, with the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) to co-host the event with the Bowen Basin Mining Club during next year’s Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME).


Resources sector lionises legend’s lifetime of contributions

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) conferred its highest honour on Dr Geoff Dickie, PSM, awarding him the QRC Medal at the QRC’s annual lunch. The QRC Medal is awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Queensland resources sector.


Employment grows as resources deliver half a trillion dollars in eight years

Queensland’s resources sector continues to drive jobs and investment with a $55.1 billion contribution to the state’s economy in 2016-17, which supported the equivalent of 282,633 full-time jobs. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane will today launch the eighth annual economic contribution report at the QRC’s Annual Lunch in Brisbane with Senator Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.


Industry groups unite on roadmap to drive Qld’s economic growth

Five Queensland peak industry groups have united to release a joint roadmap outlining how the next State Government can create jobs, drive growth and build confidence across key sectors of the economy. The ‘Driving Queensland’s Economic Growth’ State Election platform was developed and agreed upon by the peak representative bodies for broadacre primary producers, tourism businesses, the property industry, the resources sector and the timber industry.