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Record growth in Queensland exploration industry expected to continue: QEC

An exploration forum in Brisbane today heard Queensland’s resources industry has grown exponentially over the past decade, and by an incredible 77 per cent in the past three years. Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) Chair Kim Wainwright said exploration expenditure in Queensland has been robust over most of the past 10 years, apart from a drop in 2015-17, but had been on a steep upwards trajectory since 2018. 


The world needs Qld’s critical minerals to support transition to renewables

The adventures of Indiana Jones have nothing on Queensland’s current crop of intrepid explorers, who are literally going to the far ends of the state’s north and north-west to discover the critical minerals needed to lower world carbon emissions. Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) chair Kim Wainwright said today Queensland has vast potential to provide the critical minerals and rare earths needed to manufacture everyday items such as smart phones and renewable energy products such as wind turbines, electric cars, solar panels and batteries.


Queensland in prime position to supply world with critical minerals for renewables

Queensland is poised to become a global leader in the supply of a raft of key minerals needed to create renewable energy, Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) chair Kim Wainwright said today. Speaking in the lead-up to the QEC’s annual exploration forum in Brisbane on 19 February, Ms Wainwright said local exploration companies were busier than ever across all commodity sectors. 


We need more ladies to be tradies

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed today’s attendance by Resources Minister Scott Stewart at a special female-only ‘Tradies for a Day’ workshop in Moranbah, Central Queensland. The Minister was on hand to encourage 20 female students from Moranbah State High School at a workshop run by the QRC’s Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) to consider a career as a ‘tradie’ in the resources sector.  


QRC calls on Queensland Government to introduce legislation to provide certainty around process to approve New Acland expansion

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) will ask the State Government to provide certainty around the process required to approve an expansion of New Hope Group’s New Acland coal mine. The QRC’s request comes after the High Court today referred an appeal by a small group of environmental activists against the expansion back to Queensland’s Land Court.


Queensland records highest ever number of coal jobs

The value of Queensland’s resources industry to the state economy has been proven yet again, with the news today Queensland has recorded the highest number of coal jobs ever reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in the September to November 2020 quarter.


Resources chief welcomes Shadow Cabinet appointments

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the appointment of a dedicated Shadow Minister for Queensland Resources in Queensland Senator Murray Watt. “Senator Watt’s appointment is recognition of the nationally significant contribution of the Queensland resources sector and the 420,000 Queensland men and women who work in it or because of it,” said QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.


Three Central Qld students vie for top state resources award

The top three state finalists for the exceptional female student category in this year’s prestigious Resources Awards for Women come from resource-rich Central Queensland. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) today announced Caitlin Boothby from Biloela State High School, Chloe Coombe from The Cathedral College in Rockhampton and Charlise Falconer from Gladstone’s Chanel College will vie for the honour of being recognised as exceptional amongst their peers.


Women on the march to Queensland resources sector

They come from all over Queensland but have one key thing in common – a record of exceptional performance in the resources sector. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) today announced state finalists for the 2021 Resources Awards for Women. 


QRC to provide industry input on proposal to use mining camps as quarantine facilities

The Queensland Resources Council will continue to work with the Chief Health Officer (CHO), QRC members and the State Government to provide feedback on the Premier’s proposal to use mining camps as quarantine facilities for overseas travellers, to be discussed at National Cabinet next Friday.


Resources sector pulls out all stops to keep regions COVID-safe: QRC

Queensland’s resources sector has continued to go “above and beyond” to keep workers, their families and regional communities safe following the Queensland Government’s announcement on Friday of a 72-hour lockdown for Greater Brisbane.   Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today the resources sector was committed to doing everything it could to prevent the spread of COVID.  Based on the QRC’s recommendation following the announcement of the Greater Brisbane lockdown, mining and gas companies immediately and voluntarily put a three-day hold on regional travel from Greater Brisbane, unless essential from a safety or operational perspective, to help contain the spread of COVID-19.


Resources sector supports lockdown

Queensland’s resources sector is working with the Queensland Government in support of the COVID-19 three-day lockdown announced by the Premier today. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane says the resources sector remains committed to keeping its workers, their families and those Queenslanders living in mining regions safe. The resources sector is managing the impact on production as companies cease FIFO movements out of Greater Brisbane to regional Queensland during the lockdown. As well, resource companies are ensuring their regional worksites operate under strict COVID-safe plans and are isolating workers who have travelled from Greater Brisbane since 2 January from the local community they work in.


QRC welcomes initial Coal Mining Board of Inquiry report

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the first part of a Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry report into a number of safety incidents on mine sites over the past 18 months, including a serious incident at Anglo American's Grosvenor mine in May. 


$640 million investment in exploration a driving force behind Qld resources sector

Exploration activity across coal, petroleum, gold and copper deposits in Queensland continues to rise despite COVID and a drop in coal and petroleum prices, Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) chair Kim Wainwright said today. According to the QEC’s 10th annual exploration scorecard, launched online today, council members invested more than $640 million in the sector in 2019-20, with more than half expecting to increase or maintain activity or expenditure in Queensland over the next 12 months.


Mining services company awarded for trebling Indigenous workforce

Mining services company Sodexo’s success in trebling the number of Indigenous employees at its Weipa and Amrun operations has won it a gong in the Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards. The honour was presented by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane at its seventh annual awards today.


First Indigenous GM for Rio Tinto wins prestigious Qld award

Brad Welsh, Rio Tinto’s first Indigenous general manager of operations, has been named Exceptional Indigenous Person by Queensland’s resources sector.