Media Releases

05/06/2018

Significant boost in greenfield exploration a bellwether for confidence

Significant investment in greenfield exploration across Queensland was a strong indicator of future growth in the resources sector, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Mr Macfarlane said the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data in the March 2018 quarter found greenfield exploration was up 39 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2017.

01/06/2018

Aurizon can immediately end the Qld coal export impasse it started

The Queensland coal industry is prepared to accept the independent competition regulator’s final decision on Aurizon’s rail maintenance budget and Aurizon should declare the same immediately and end the coal export impasse. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Aurizon should cooperate with the Queensland Competition Authority, immediately resume its normal maintenance program on the Central Queensland Coal Network and end coal export impasse it started.

31/05/2018

QRC welcomes new gas investment

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the decision by Santos and its GLNG Partners to invest more than $400 million in the 137-well Arcadia gas project in the Bowen Basin near Injune. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the investment was another example of the resources sector delivering jobs and responsibly unlocking gas.

30/05/2018

Resources sector welcomes clarification from regulator on Aurizon coal export impasse

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the independent Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) discussion paper which addresses appropriate maintenance allowances, and mechanisms for ensuring that Aurizon is accountable for delivering appropriate service levels and minimising disruptions to Queensland’s coal exports. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the QCA request for more information about the monopoly rail operator is a

29/05/2018

Students learn what stems from STEM

In a first for students at The Cathedral College Rockhampton, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) resources professionals visited the school to inspire them about STEM-related careers. Students took part in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) for high-achieving Year-10 students interested in pursuing a professional career in engineering or science.

29/05/2018

Premier correct on Japan coal export resolution – Aurizon and QCA must resolve it

The Queensland Resources Council supports Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in her efforts to resolve the Japanese coal export impasse created by monopoly rail operator Aurizon. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Premier’s call for Aurizon and the independent regulator – the Queensland Competition Authority – to resolve the threat from Aurizon to halt the movement of up to 20 million tonnes of coal to export ports was “absolutely correct”.

29/05/2018

Records fall at QRC’s Indigenous Awards

The State’s resources sector body has recognised the incredible Indigenous contribution to Queensland’s resources sector at its annual Indigenous Awards Brisbane last night. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the awards, presented during Reconciliation Week, broke new records on all fronts.

25/05/2018

High tech becomes child’s play for local students

Robots, coding, chemical processing, design engineering. It all sounds like the stuff of university boffins, but students gathered at Alexandra Hills State High School (SHS) this week to embrace science. Year nine students from Bundamba State Secondary, Wavell SHS and Kingston State College joined Alexandra Hills SHS students and took part in the Beakers.Bots.Build workshop conducted by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

23/05/2018

Students take first steps to resources careers

Local Townsville students took their first steps towards careers in the resources sector when they attended workshops at Pimlico State High School recently. The 60 Pimlico and Thuringowa State High School students tried their hands at trades, operator and professional careers in the sector during the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) events.

23/05/2018

QRC’s Indigenous Awards 2018 finalists announced

A competitive field of Queensland’s top Indigenous and non-Indigenous resources employees, students and businesses have been announced today for the 5th Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Indigenous Awards. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said this year was a record for nominations making it difficult for the judges to select the 17 finalists in 6 categories.

22/05/2018

Queensland mining sector’s record coal royalties will cover extra infrastructure spending

The Queensland Resources Council projects record coal royalties of $3.7 billion this financial year which will pay for the Palaszczuk Government’s extra infrastructure spending across the State.

21/05/2018

Aurizon CEO must explain actions after Japan steel makers warnings

Aurizon Chief Executive Officer Andrew Harding must explain why he ramped up the dispute with the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) after Japanese steel makers raised concerns about his company’s actions to restrict the movement of metallurgical coal from central Queensland mines to

17/05/2018

Queensland resources sector creates more jobs to SEEK

New jobs in the Queensland resources sector advertised online have increased by 91% compared over the last 12 months, highlighting improved confidence and industry outlook, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

16/05/2018

Students take first steps to resources careers

Local students took their first steps towards careers in the resources sector when they attended workshops at Pimlico State High School recently.

16/05/2018

Resources sector welcomes 5 millionth Queenslander

On behalf of the State’s resources industry, I welcome the arrival of the five millionth Queenslander and reaffirm the sector’s support for all Queenslanders. The resources industry has been a constant contributor in the development of Queensland as a decentralised State and an economic powerhouse exporting to the world.

15/05/2018

Arrogant Aurizon on track to drive $2B hole into State Budget

The Queensland resources industry has warned next month’s State Budget could face a $2 billion hole due to monopoly rail operator Aurizon cutting the number of trains moving coal to export ports.

14/05/2018

Students link school with real world

Pioneer State High School students have learned how their school subjects relate to exciting real-world careers. The high-achieving year-10 students, who are interested in pursuing a professional career in engineering or science, extracted metals from rocks and programmed Lego robots to efficiently manage ‘coal’ stockpiles.

10/05/2018

Students become miners for a day

About 100 Townsville students tried on resources sector careers for size at workshops at Kirwan State High School today. Run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), the students were mentored by staff from Glencore and Hastings Deering and given a taste of careers as professionals or trades people.