Media Releases

06/09/2018

No long faces in Queensland this Melbourne Cup – it’s our gold

Queensland has already won the Melbourne Cup with Evolution’s Mount Rawdon mine providing the gold to make the Cup for Australia’s most prized horse race, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

06/09/2018

Olive Downs project progress promises more jobs, investment, exports, royalties for Qld

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s release of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the new coking coal mine, Olive Downs, in central Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Pembroke’s $1 billion Olive Downs project, near Moranbah, would further strengthen the resources sector’s contribution to the Queensland economy.

05/09/2018

Resources investment powering national economy

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed new national accounts figures that show the mining industry continues to underwrite the Australian economy. Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the contribution of a 5.1 per cent increase in mining investment played an important role in the overall strength of the economy, with GDP up 3.4 per cent from last year.

04/09/2018

Students try out trades and sample science

Train as a tradie, or swot up for a science-based career? That’s a question that’ll be more easily answered by Capella and Clermont high school students following an event today. The students from Capella and Clermont state high schools will participate in a combined STEM (science technology engineering and maths) and Toolkit4 Schoolkids organised by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

04/09/2018

More Qld jobs, exports and royalties to come with 22% boost in resource exploration

The potential has grown for more Queensland jobs, exports and royalties from the State’s critical resources sector, with a 22% increase in exploration spending for minerals and petroleum over the last 12 months. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said total investment in exploration for minerals and petroleum was $442.1 million last financial year – an $80 million or 22% increase – compared to 2016-17.

03/09/2018

Resources rebound delivering billions for the Qld economy

Queensland’s resources sector is lifting the State’s prosperity by creating one job every hour and investing close to $1 million every hour, says the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the latest ABS data confirms the sustained commodity price recovery and larger production volumes were underpinning the State’s economy.

31/08/2018

QRC welcomes Qld Alumina drought donation

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a contribution by Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) of $35,000 worth of hay to the drought relief organisation Rural Aid. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector and the Queensland Government had rallied together to help support farming communities affected by the drought.

31/08/2018

New MBA scholarship award announced for Queensland’s top woman in resources

In an Australian first, the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) will recognise Queensland’s top woman in resources with a valuable scholarship to complete an MBA. AIM is a leading Australian provider of MBA qualifications and is providing the scholarship for the 2019 Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources, one of the categories in the long-running Resources Awards for Women conducted by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ).

30/08/2018

Kingston students branch out with STEM

Kingston State College students will hear first-hand about the myriad of science technology engineering and maths (STEM) opportunities in Queensland’s resources sector when industry representatives visit the school today. It’s the first time the school has taken part in the STEM 4 Schoolkids program run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), having recently come on board as one of 46 QMEA schools throughout the State.

30/08/2018

QRC welcomes CleanCo progress

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement of progress on the establishment of CleanCo, the planned new renewable energy electricity generator. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said it was common sense to make full use of our abundance of energy resources here in the Sunshine State, ranging from coal, to gas, to hydro and renewables.

30/08/2018

Students flick switch on energy solutions

Students within the Blackwater region will flick the switch on energy solutions for the world when they attend an Energy for Future Earth program today. Up to 70 year-eight students from Blackwater, Capella, Clermont, North Rockhampton and Rockhampton will attend the workshop run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) to take an in depth look at energy production methods and how they can apply to different countries.

30/08/2018

QRC welcomes Peabody’s accelerated rehabilitation

Peabody Australia is on target to rehabilitate mined land at its Millennium coal mine in the Bowen Basin two years ahead of schedule, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the company was set to deliver 380 hectares this year and a target for complete rehabilitation in 2020.

29/08/2018

QRC welcomes collaborative approach to domestic gas supply

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the Palaszczuk Government’s granting of an Authority to Prospect to Central Petroleum for exploration in the Surat Basin. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Central Petroleum would supply gas for domestic use only to the State’s largest manufacturer Incitec Pivot to support the employment of 400 workers and power the Gibson Island fertiliser plant.

29/08/2018

Resources sector will dig into Advance Queensland review

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement of a review of its signature Advance Queensland policy to promote home-grown innovation. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said to support almost 300,000 jobs and deliver 80% of Queensland’s exports, the resources sector adopts and develops innovation for sustainable, competitive and safe development of the State’s mineral and petroleum reserves.

28/08/2018

Students get switched on to energy

It’ll take south east Queensland students just one day to come up with 50-year energy plans for different countries when they take part in an Energy for the Future program being held today at the Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point campus. With energy policy being hotly debated nationally, they’ll no doubt have some ideas for our political leaders when they present their findings at the end of the day.

28/08/2018

Rio Tinto a champion of FNQ

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has applauded the significant achievements by Rio Tinto’s Amrun bauxite project near Weipa with diversity in its workforce and investment in supporting local suppliers. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the project was delivering on its target to develop local business opportunities as the project nears completion.

28/08/2018

QRC welcomes New Hope’s drought donation

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a $50,000 contribution by New Hope Group to the drought relief organisation Aussie Helpers to help support farming communities affected by the drought. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said resources and agriculture had a long and proud history of working together.

24/08/2018

Parliamentary Committee makes powerful visit to Millmerran

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the initiative of a State Parliamentary Committee to visit the Millmerran power station, on the Darling Downs. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Queensland Parliament’s six-member State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee’s visit to the 850MW coal-fired Millmerran power station, which generates enough electricity for around 1.1 million homes, highlighted its interest in resources and energy issues.