Queensland’s resource sector companies are focused on building stronger bonds and delivering even more returns to local communities and all Queenslanders. The Queensland Resources Council’s Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the latest research conducted by an independent research agency has reinforced the need for the sector to better explain its everyday importance, relevance and world class environmental standards to all Queenslanders.
The Palaszczuk Government could expect almost an extra $1 billion over above their record projections in the Budget last year from coal royalties paid by the mining industry. The Queensland Resources Council has forecast that royalties on both thermal and metallurgical coals were due to set a new record of $4.46 billion this financial year (2018-19) – or the equivalent of $12 million a day.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a commitment of $30 million for the new CQ University School of Mines and Manufacturing in Gladstone and Rockhampton. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector contributed more than $7 billion to the Fitzroy region’s economy and more than 40,000 full-time equivalent jobs across the region, and the development of skills was critical to future investment and employment.
‘Oresome’ futures for Queensland students were highlighted at a gala event at the Queensland Museum last night. More than 100 teachers and guidance officers from throughout the state flocked to the museum for the launch by Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick of ‘Oresome Futures’, which aims to attract more young people to the resources and mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors.
Coal remains Queensland’s biggest export, making up 40% of the State’s total exports. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland coal is the commodity of choice for Asia and the State’s economy is benefiting from key trade links with growing economies. The State’s high quality coal is not only supporting the jobs of more than 215,000 men and women but continues to be the central commodity driving exports.
Eighteen high-performing Indigenous resource employees, students and companies have been selected as finalists in this year’s Queensland Resources Council (QRC) 2019 Indigenous Awards. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Awards identified the leading individuals and organisations making a significant contribution to the sector and communities.
'Rockin’ reactions are expected from students this week (today 7th May) in a first for Roma schools. Students at Roma Secondary College and St John’s Catholic School will take part in the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy’s (QMEA) brand new ‘Rockin’ Reactions’ workshop.
From exploration to rehabilitation, year 10 students from Kelvin Grove State College and St Rita’s College will gain an in-depth understanding of mining and resources sector careers in a first for the schools (today 2nd May). They’ll be taking part in the first STEM4School Kids events to be held for the schools’ students, after joining the 60-school strong Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).
Queensland Resources Council has received assurances from the Queensland Government that increases of the rate of coal royalties, which are now at record levels, were not part of the preparations for the 11 June State Budget. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the industry welcomed Treasurer Jackie Trad’s comments that the Labor Government was "proud to be a resource State here in Queensland," in response to a question from Katter's Australian Party (KAP) Member for Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto on coal royalties.
The Queensland Resources Council fully supports the move by the State LNP to crackdown on militant activism and is calling on the Palaszczuk Government to support the two primary industries they are targeting. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said militant activism had no place in a democratic Queensland and harsher penalties were needed to ensure the resource and farming sectors can get on with the job of creating jobs.
The Queensland Government’s approval of mining leases to extend the life of the Cameby Downs Mine in the Surat Basin secures jobs, exports and royalties for the State and confirms the long-term role for coal, the Queensland Resources Council said. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the mining leases were for continuation of operations at the open cut thermal coal mine operation, extending the mine life to 75 years and increasing the extraction approval to 3.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of run-of-mine (ROM) coal, up from 2.8 mtpa, on the western Darling Downs.
The Queensland Resources Council has urged the Palaszczuk Government to focus on moving the multi-billion-dollar pipeline of resource sector projects from planning to purpose. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said while he welcomed the Government’s advertisement promoting the fact $20 billion worth of resource projects had been approved with the creation of 7000 jobs over the last four years, there was in excess of $60 billion of resource project investment in the pipeline.
The Queensland Resources Council commends Queensland Rail (QR) on today’s (29th April) opening of the vital economic rail link between Mount Isa and Townsville after it was severely damaged by the north Queensland floods. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said QR CEO Nick Easy and his team worked tirelessly to not only repair the rail but lifted its end of run times.
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed Federal Labor’s commitment to new resource discoveries as a boost for the State’s mining industry, but it has urged Labor to be clear on its position for the future role of coal. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Queensland had a huge potential, particularly through the North West Minerals Province, to develop the new economy minerals so essential for the global growth in renewable energy technology, electric vehicles and battery storage.
The employer and employee representatives for Queensland mine workers have called on Bob Brown to immediately repudiate reported claims from supporters of his anti-jobs tour that liken coal industry jobs to Nazis working in gas chambers during the Holocaust. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane and CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland District President Stephen Smyth said the reported comments were a shocking attack on hard-working Queenslanders and their families.
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a bipartisan Parliamentary Committee’s recommendation to reject legislation proposing a ban on the development of coal reserves in the State’s Galilee Basin. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, who gave evidence to the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee and made a joint written submission with the CFMEU, said the legislation was written by the Greens to write off future jobs, investment, exports and royalties for all Queenslanders.
“As Queensland moves towards a low emission economy demand for resources will grow. Renewable energy and batteries used to store electricity need several mined metals and materials including bauxite, copper and nickel. Each of Bob Brown’s electric vehicles have four times more copper than a conventional car. At any given time in Queensland close to 80 percent of the State’s electricity is powered by fossil fuels with the majority sourced from coal. It’s this electricity that is used to charge EVs and people’s smart phones.”
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the $1 billion Winchester South coal project in the State’s Bowen Basin reaching the next stage in the approval process. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Winchester South project, approximately 30 kilometres south-east of Moranbah, is an open-cut metallurgical coal mine with an estimated annual production of up to 8 million tonnes of product coal for 30 years, for steel production.