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QRC joins Palaszczuk Government’s historic trade mission to China

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) believes the Palaszczuk Government’s historic trade mission to China will further strengthen the trading partnership through key resource commodities of coal, LNG and metals to create jobs, stimulate investment and boost regional Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane has been invited by the Premier to join the mission this week, which will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the signing of a Sister State relationship between Queensland and the Municipality of Shanghai. The trade mission will be led by Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad.


QRC welcomes Palaszczuk Government laws to crack down on dangerous protest devices

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed action from the Palaszczuk Government to introduce new laws to tackle the use of dangerous devices which are undermining community safety during protest action. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the new laws which will make it an offence to use attachment devices that lock on to, or block, infrastructure such as rail lines will be an important step in preventing a tragic outcome as the result of reckless tactics from activists.


QRC’s minesite rehabilitation scholarships are open

Applications for the Queensland Resources Council’s 2020 Coal Minesite Rehabilitation Trust Fund Postgraduate Scholarships (Minesite Rehabilitation Scholarships) are open. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said there were two scholarships available to pursue postgraduate studies in world-class environmental management.


Resources community reflects on fallen miners

Members of Queensland’s resources community will remember the lives of the almost 1500 workers who have died in mining operations at the Miners’ Memorial Day in Moura today, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, who is attending the annual event, said this year’s memorial will commemorate the anniversary of the Moura No.2 mining disaster (7th August) where eleven miners lost their lives 25 years ago.


BHP report highlights resources sector’s contribution to all Queenslanders

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed BHP’s annual economic contribution report highlighting its increased payments to the Queensland Government last financial year totalled $1.24 billion or $100 million every month. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the report showed the company’s payments, including royalties, from its coal operations to the Queensland Government had increased by more than $100 million last financial year based on the current US dollar-Australian dollar exchange rate.


Byerwen coal mine opening good news for Queensland exports, jobs and royalties

The opening of the Byerwen coal mine in North Queensland is testament to the strength and diversity of the state's mining sector, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief executive Ian Macfarlane said today. Mr Macfarlane today attended the official opening of the mine in the Bowen Basin, which will produce up to 10 million tonnes of coking coal each year. The mine is a joint venture between QCoal Group and JFE Steel.


Top awards for Queensland resources sector trailblazers

Queenslanders have taken out two gongs in the Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNAs) presented at Parliament House in Sydney last night.  Dr Jennifer Purdie, a 30-year resources sector veteran and trail blazer for women in the field has won the Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources category.


Government can act to save New Hope jobs

The Palaszczuk Government must immediately approve the New Acland stage 3 project, following a Court of Appeal decision in favour of New Hope. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said there could be no more hold ups, no more delays and no more excuses.


New coal exploration good news for regional Queensland

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement that Vitrinite has been awarded the preferred tenderer for a coal exploration permit on land near Clermont. Queensland Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced that Vitrinite would have the opportunity to apply for an exploration permit over 35 square kilometres of land.


Continuing resources exploration key to long term growth

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said exploration potential within the state must be developed with new incentives, given the importance of the resources sector to our state and national economy as reflected in key economic data this week.


Resources sector completes safety reset

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the release of official figures that show 96 per cent of workers in Queensland’s resources and quarry sectors have completed safety resets. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources industry has been fully engaged in the reset process, underscoring the sector’s commitment to safety for all workers.


Resources industry partners prioritise reliability

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said that mining companies will reconsider and prioritise reliability in their engineering and procurement (E&P) partners for multi-million dollar contracts in the face of increased pressure from a minority group of anti-jobs activists.


Queensland Government’s regional commitment questioned without support for New Hope mine

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said Queenslanders would have every right to question the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to the regions without a decision to keep 150 workers at New Hope’s Acland mine near Oakey in their jobs.


Time to act in Townsville to throw out anti-Galilee mining Bill

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is calling on the Queensland Parliament to use its Townsville sitting to formally throw out a Bill to ban mining in the Galilee Basin.


QRC supports resources and industry growth in Queensland’s North West

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the release of the State Government’s North West Queensland Economic Diversification Strategy, and said it was important to strengthen the resources sector and ensure it continues to develop alongside other key industries.


Queensland resources ready to deliver through more trade with India

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the release of the Australian Government’s Coal in India 2019 report, reinforcing the enormous potential for new jobs and economic benefits through expanding our resources trade with India. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland was in the ideal position to make of the most of the opportunities through more trade with India.


New Century Zinc agreement highlights royalty role in resources investment, employment

The Palaszczuk Government’s first Royalty Deferral and Repayment Agreement to support the development of New Century Zinc Mine should be a model for other projects to attract more investment and create more jobs, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Mr Macfarlane said the Agreement was under the Government’s 2017 Resources Regional Development Framework for new developments in the North-West Minerals Province and Galilee and Surat basins and QRC welcomes the Government’s acknowledgement it would “provide a precedent for similar arrangements in the future”.


QRC calls on all industry to stand against anti-mining activists

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said it was disappointing to see reports that engineering firm Aurecon would end its business relationship with Adani based on ill-informed bullying from anti-resources activists. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said regional Queenslanders would be the ones who missed out on jobs as a result.