Media Releases

13/10/2021

QRC welcomes deferred commencement of direct employment of statutory position holders

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the Queensland Government’s decision today to defer commencement of the provisions requiring the direct employment of statutory position holders for twelve months. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the deferral will allow a tripartite working group to consider issues associated with implementation of the provisions and possible solutions for consideration by Resources Minister Scott Stewart. “The sector appreciates Minister Stewart’s willingness to listen to the concerns of the QRC and resources companies about the unintended consequences for employment arrangements and safety outcomes as a result of the changes,” Mr Macfarlane said.

11/10/2021

Gladstone gem to expand world’s hydrogen production

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the addition of a new asset for Queensland’s diverse resources and energy sector, with the announcement of plans for one of the world's largest hydrogen-equipment manufacturing facilities in Gladstone, in partnership between the Queensland Government and Fortescue Future Industries (FFI). QRC’s Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the state’s resources sector was already a major breadwinner for Queensland, and welcomed its additional depth with the investment in manufacturing hydrogen electrolysers, which are vital to the production of renewable hydrogen. “Queenslanders are reaping the benefits of the resources industry and Government working together, which is demonstrated through this announcement,” Mr Macfarlane said.

11/10/2021

QRC welcomes Senex Decarbonisation Action Plan

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the released of Senex Energy’s Decarbonisation Action Plan and its company ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its operational footprint to net zero by 2040.  QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector had a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and that work is well underway across the sector to deliver on that objective.  QRC supports the MCA’s statement regarding the industry’s ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. 

08/10/2021

Government applauded for engineering futures

A new program to encourage people into engineering careers has been welcomed by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the employment-based, pre-apprenticeship pathway is a great initiative by the Queensland Government at a time when our sector is experiencing skills shortages. “Skills shortages are the number one concern of our member CEOs, according to a recent QRC report and engineering is one of those critical shortage areas,” Mr Macfarlane said.

07/10/2021

Applause for new millennium coal

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement of first coal on the re-opening of the Millennium metallurgical coal mine at Coppabella in central Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland had much to gain from the ongoing strength of the met coal market. “Metallurgical coal, which is essential for steelmaking, has surged to new high prices in recent weeks, driven by global demand,” Mr Macfarlane said. “As Australia’s largest met coal supplier, Queensland’s commodities are creating jobs, creating investment in regional communities and delivering for all Queenslanders.”

06/10/2021

QRC: reinforcing the importance of Covid-19 vaccination

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is encouraging all people working in the resources sector to continue their hard work to keep Queensland safe by getting a Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible.   QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland’s resources companies and employees are going to incredible efforts to keep people safe and their sites operating as Queensland continues to navigate its way through the Covid-19 pandemic.   “Our resources sector workers have been rolling up their sleeves right across the state to get the Covid-19 vaccine,” Mr Macfarlane said.

01/10/2021

QRC supports MCA’s statement on net zero emissions by 2050

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) supports today’s statement by the Mineral Council of Australia regarding the industry’s ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said members are resolutely committed to working together to achieve energy security while taking proactive steps towards a low-emissions economy. “An orderly transition to a low-emissions economy will require an integrated set of national policies, which are technology-neutral,” Mr Macfarlane said.

30/09/2021

Met coal makes it great in the Sunshine State

It’s a great time to be a Queenslander, thanks to the Sunshine State being Australia’s largest producer of metallurgical coal, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly report released by the Federal Government today shows metallurgical or ‘coking’ coal will continue to deliver record national export earnings and remain Queensland’s most valuable export. Australia’s resources and energy exports are forecast to earn a record $349 billion for 2021-22, up from $310 billion in 2020-21, largely driven by a strong recovery in metallurgical coal prices.

29/09/2021

Fund lights the way to new energy economy

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to encourage new investment in Queensland’s critical minerals sector through a $2 billion loan facility. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the loan facility will help secure the vital resources needed to drive the new energy economy and support ‘green’ resources jobs of the future. "Today’s announcement of a new, $2 billion loan facility for critical minerals projects will help convert exploration interest into long-term job opportunities and support Australia’s transition to a lower emissions future,” he said.

29/09/2021

Wanted: resourceful students to revolutionise rehabilitation

Two scholarships worth up to $35,000 a year are up for grabs for students working on innovative ways to improve land rehabilitation at Queensland coal mines. The Coal Minesite Rehabilitation Trust Fund, hosted by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), is calling for student applications for its 2022 postgraduate scholarship program. The Fund supports up to two students a year to pursue postgraduate studies in environmental management at any university in Queensland.

24/09/2021

Vitrinite’s dream becomes reality with new coking coal mine approved in Central Qld

Today’s approval of Queensland’s newest metallurgical coal mine between Moranbah and Dysart will create at least 150 full-time jobs and deliver a major economic boost to the Isaac and Mackay regions, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the home-grown, Queensland company Vitrinite had invested significant time and effort exploring for coal on its Vulcan Complex project in the Bowen Basin, leading to the discovery of premium, high quality metallurgical coal seams. Metallurgical coal, also known as coking coal, is primarily used to make steel and is currently attracting record export prices.

24/09/2021

Senex hits the gas for Qld copper mine

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed today’s news that Senex Energy has entered into a gas sales agreement to provide around 2.5 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas to the Capricorn Copper mine, owned by resources company 29Metals Limited. An initial three-year agreement to deliver natural gas at a fixed price has been signed which trails hard on the heels of Senex’s gas supply to another Queensland mine, following the recent supply agreement with zinc concentrate producer New Century Resources. Natural gas is to be supplied by Senex to the Diamantina Power Station, owned and operated by APA Group in Mount Isa, generating the power required to operate the Capricorn Copper mine.

23/09/2021

Turning on the natural gas tap in Central Qld

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) today welcomed the announcement of the new Strategic Basin Plan that is set to deliver long-term economic development and jobs across central Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said he supports the commitment made by the Australian Government to realise the gas development potential of the Northern Bowen and Galilee Basin, which will help Queensland recover from the impacts of Covid-19. "This Strategic Basin Plan for the North Bowen and Galilee will open up these geologically promising basins, bringing forward investment to stimulate the economy of central and North Queensland,” Mr Macfarlane said.

21/09/2021

Lack of skilled workers hits Qld’s resources sector

The number one threat to the future viability of Queensland’s resources sector has been identified, and it’s not what you’d think. Mining CEOs’ biggest concern right now is a shortage of skilled workers to fill Queensland jobs, according to the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) latest State of the Sector report. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the report for the June 2021 quarter released today shows a combination of Covid-related border restrictions, less skilled migration and interstate competition for workers has created a perfect storm of labour shortages at a time of continued growth across the sector.

20/09/2021

Red dirt goes green: QRC members triple green power in FNQ

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed member company Rio Tinto’s decision to build a new solar farm and battery storage project in the state’s far north. The project will generate even more renewable energy for Rio’s bauxite operations at Weipa - tripling the local electricity network’s solar generation capacity. Under the plans, QRC member company EDL has been contracted for the build with construction of the whole project expected to be complete by late 2022.

15/09/2021

Approval of Qld’s first vanadium project signals new era for resources sector

The granting of Mining Leases for Multicom Resources’ $250 million St Elmo Project in the Julia Creek region will see the state’s very first vanadium project shift into production phase, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today. \Mr Macfarlane said the announcement marks the start of Queensland’s strategic move to become a globally significant supplier of the in-demand ‘new economy’ minerals needed to de-carbonise the world. “Vanadium is used in a range of green technologies and products, though is most well-known for its ability to strengthen steel, and is already used in space vehicles, nuclear reactors and aircraft carriers,” Mr Macfarlane said.

14/09/2021

Oresome web of discovery for students and teachers

The battle to entice young people to consider a career in Australia’s burgeoning resources sector has gone to a whole new level, following today’s release of a new, improved website featuring free, interactive educational materials aimed at high school students. The Oresome Resources website, an initiative founded and led by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), has been revamped to provide teachers across the nation with on-trend learning materials to inform and attract the imagination of the explorers, engineers and automated vehicle operators of tomorrow.