Media Releases

14/09/2021

QRC welcomes new rehabilitation commissioner for mining sector

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) today welcomed the State Government’s appointment of James Purtill, former Director-General of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency, to the newly created position of Rehabilitation Commissioner. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the new commissioner brings a wealth of government and industry experience to the independent, statutory position, which follows on from the 2018 introduction of legislation establishing Progressive Rehabilitation and Closure Plans (PRCP) for site-specific mine sites.

02/09/2021

Qld’s Senex Energy gases up NSW manufacturing

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the news Senex Energy will provide around 8 Petajoules (PJ), and potentially up to 12 PJ, of natural gas to a New South Wales-based sustainable fibre packaging and paper company. An initial four-year agreement to deliver natural gas at a fixed price has been signed with Opal’s manufacturing operation in Botany, which extends Senex’s gas supply into New South Wales. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the announcement is great news for Queensland and for Senex, which supplies the equivalent of 10 per cent of Queensland’s gas demand.

30/08/2021

Qld’s latest exploration figures continue to surge forward

The latest exploration data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is out, and it’s great news for Queensland.

19/08/2021

Careers in hi-vis go sky high

There continue to be ‘jobs aplenty’ in Queensland’s mining, resources and energy sector, according to the latest SEEK employment data. As of today, there are 1346 resources sector jobs currently advertised, with almost 970 - or over 70 percent - paying more than $100,000 per year. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector has again defied the Covid-19 pandemic by adding new jobs to the state economy through companies investing in new projects and expanding existing activities.

18/08/2021

Gas industry continues to offer pipeline of opportunity for Qld

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement by Senex Energy it will spend $40 million on increasing natural gas production at its Atlas operation in Southern Queensland.  The expansion will enable Senex to increase its annual gas supply at Atlas, located near Wandoan, by 50 percent to reach 18 petajoules a year.  Under a Queensland Government policy, Senex’ Atlas gas project is classified as a domestic-only production tenure which means its gas can only be sold to Australian end users. 

09/08/2021

Qld’s resources sector moves quickly to comply with new CHO directive re FIFO/DIDO workers

Queensland’s resources sector will move quickly to comply with the Chief Health Officer’s (CHO) decision to approve vaccinations for Fly in, Fly Out (FIFO) and Drive in, Drive Out (DIDO) workers, in a move designed to increase protection for regional communities from the more infectious Delta strain of the Covid virus. As well as encouraging FIFO and DIDO employees to register through the Queensland Health (QH) website to get vaccinated, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has commenced planning to establish a vaccination hub for FIFO workers at the Brisbane Airport, subject to Pfizer vaccine availability.

04/08/2021

Regional communities to benefit from resources-backed vaccination roll-out

Queensland resources companies are putting their hands up to help roll out Covid-19 vaccinations in regional communities once vaccine supplies increase to a sufficient level. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has been working with the Queensland and Australian governments, OQVOC (Office of the Queensland Vaccine Operations Coordinator), Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and APPEA to determine how members can help with transport, logistics, facilities and medical staff to fast-track a regional vaccination program.

03/08/2021

Resources sector backs strict Covid-19 protocols to fight new outbreak

The resources sector will continue to follow strict Covid-19 protocols in the wake of the lockdown of 11 LGA’s in Queensland to protect employees and regional communities from the virus. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the safety of employees and resources communities has been the sector’s highest priority since the Covid pandemic began last year.

30/07/2021

Cook Colliery Coking Coal kicks off again

The announcement that two icons of Queensland mining will join forces to reopen the mothballed Cook Colliery coking coal mine near Blackwater has been welcomed by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the news that Constellation Mining - a subsidiary of Queensland’s largest privately-owned coal company QCoal - has engaged Mackay-based contract miner Mastermyne to re-start production at Cook Colliery is a confidence boost for every Queenslander.

28/07/2021

QRC welcomes State Govt approval of metallurgical coal mine extension in Central Qld

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) today welcomed the State Government’s decision to approve an $82 million extension to the Isaac Plains metallurgical coal mine near Moranbah, calling it a huge vote of confidence in Queensland’s high quality coking coal industry. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said metallurgical coal prices were currently at record highs due to a surge in world steel production.

22/07/2021

Senex and Qld keep doing heavy lifting on domestic gas supply

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has congratulated Senex Energy on signing a new gas supply agreement for up to 11 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas from the company’s Atlas operation in the state’s Surat Basin to supply Adbri’s South Australian manufacturing operations to 2030.

16/07/2021

Qld resources sector to join ‘Team Australia’ on regional vaccination roll-out

Queensland resources companies have been asked to put their hands up to help roll out COVID-19 vaccinations in regional communities once vaccine supplies increase in the coming weeks and months. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is working with the Queensland and Australian governments, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and APPEA to determine how members can help with transport, logistics, facilities and medical staff to fast-track a regional vaccination program. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane has sent a survey to all members to gauge what level of support the Queensland resources sector can provide over the coming months.

15/07/2021

‘Greening’ of Queensland mining picks up pace

The number of Queensland resources company CEOs investing in low emission technology (LET) research and development has almost doubled over the past two years. The Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) latest State of the Sector report shows more than 70 percent of CEOs are now investing in LET research compared to 40 percent in 2019.

01/07/2021

QRC welcomes federal investment in new steelmaking coal project near Moranbah

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s (NAIF) decision to invest in a new metallurgical coal mine near Moranbah in Central Queensland. The Pembroke Resources-owned Olive Downs Steelmaking Coal Complex (Olive Downs) in the Bowen Basin will receive a $175 million NAIF loan to kickstart construction of a ‘21st century mine built to 21st century standards’.

01/07/2021

Resources and energy exports hit record high

Australian resources and energy exports have hit a record high of $310 billion in 2020-21 – almost a third of a trillion dollars – according to the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly (REQ) update.  Resource export earnings are estimated to be almost seven percent higher than the record set last financial year, with earnings expected to rise even further to $334 billion in 2021–22. 

25/06/2021

Resources’ businesses in firing line of big insurers and lenders

A growing number of small to medium-sized businesses that service the resources sector are having significant problems securing finance and insurance because of recent climate change-related policy changes by banks and insurers, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.  QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland businesses which support the state’s $82.6 billion resources sector, particularly the all-important Mining, Engineering and Technology Services (METS) sector, are being disadvantaged.

24/06/2021

Queensland mining jobs hit record high

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) employment figures for the May 2021 quarter which show direct mining jobs in Queensland have hit a record high of almost 85,000.

23/06/2021

QRC welcomes $5 million Bowen Basin Gas Pipeline Study

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the State Government’s announcement it will fund a $5 million study into the economic and environmental feasibility of building a gas pipeline in the Bowen Basin. Resources Minister Scott Stewart today announced today a six-month concept study, with recommendations due by the end of the year. Last year, the QRC and AMEC’s election platform asked the State Government to revisit the feasibility of gas pipelines and associated infrastructure