The Palaszczuk Government deserves credit for declaring the $1.4 billion Sconi project near Greenvale in North Queensland a prescribed project and the Queensland Resources Council has urged it to continue to work to unlock a more than $70 billion pipeline of resource sector projects. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Sconi project aims to produce nickel, cobalt and scandium for use in battery manufacturing, electric vehicles and similar high technology applications for export markets, and the “prescribed project” declaration was another milestone in its development.
Jobs growth across Queensland’s resource sector continues to be strong, with more than 10,000 additional jobs created over the last 12 months, but not enough to push the State’s unemployment rate below 6%. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said as a Queenslander, it was disappointing to see the State return one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates – 6.2% on trend and 6.1% seasonally adjusted.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is calling for nominations for its annual Indigenous Awards to celebrate excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the State’s resources sector. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector was providing more jobs and opportunities for Indigenous Australians but acknowledged the sector needed to be better at telling those stories.
Queensland’s coal industry has yet again demonstrated its critical importance to the State’s economy delivering record exports over the year to December 2018, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said new data from Queensland’s ports revealed total coal exports of 223 million tonnes (mt) surpassing the last record by 2 mt set in 2016.
The Queensland resources industry has helped Queensland post a record $80 billion export milestone with an extra $10 billion earnt through the sale of Queensland coal, minerals and petroleum across the globe. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said according to latest Queensland Treasury report, the State’s resource exports had increased to $65.6 billion – or 81% of the State’s total merchandise exports – over the 12 months to 30 November last year.
New data reaffirms the resource sector’s importance to the Queensland economy with record LNG exports from the Port of Gladstone totalling 20.58 million tonnes (mt) in 2018, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the data released by Gladstone Ports showed a new record which eclipsed the previous record set in 2017 (20.23 mt).
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is urging jobseekers on the hunt for a new career in 2019 to consider the lucrative options in the resources sector. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Queensland resources sector had been one of the state’s most important job creators in 2018, creating new opportunities especially in regional areas.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Queensland Mining and Energy Division of the CFMEU have made a joint submission to reject a Greens’ bill to ban coal mining in the Galilee Basin. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Galilee Basin (Coal Prohibition Bill) in the Federal Senate would cost jobs and would fail to have any impact on global demand for thermal coal.
Regional Queenslanders are sending a clear message that they are fed up with activists who break the law to protest against new mines and infrastructure, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Polling conducted for the resources industry in the key regions around Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a series of upgrades to an app, developed and operated by the GasFields Commission, but will remain vigilant to ensure there is action on possible future improvements to further strengthen the co-existence between the agriculture and gas industries. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the app was a guidance for landholders when negotiating an agreement with a gas company.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a donation by ConocoPhillips Australia of $50,000 to communities affected by the bushfires in Central Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the donation, to not-for-profit GIVIT, would help alleviate the pain people are going through after the devastating fires.
The record returns from the resources industry to the Queensland budget show the importance of continued exploration and investment in new projects to keep the budget in the black, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane today welcomed Treasurer Jackie Trad’s budget update, showing record returns from coal royalty taxes.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has forecast an extra half a billion boost to the royalty taxes paid by the State mining and petroleum industries to give the Palaszczuk Government a record revenue boost from the sector. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said since the State Budget in May, strong metallurgical and thermal coal prices have boosted royalty tax returns to the Government to record levels – and the pre-Christmas Budget update should reveal an unprecedented $5 billion in royalty taxes for 2018-19.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has backed a call from AgForce to keep the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges at Longreach and Emerald running. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said strong commodity prices, which are delivering record returns through existing royalty taxes, meant the Palaszczuk Government could invest in a plan to ensure the long-term future of the colleges.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the release of the Queensland Competition Authority’s final decision on Aurizon Network’s revenue and access proposal (UT5) for the Central Queensland Coal Network and will review the decision in the coming days. The QRC has always argued to uphold the role of the independent regulator to assess Aurizon Network’s proposed access conditions, revenue and costs.
Coal has propelled the value of Queensland’s exports to almost $80 billion, up almost 10 per cent from October last year. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the latest ABS figures showed coal recorded the highest increase in value during October, for the 23rd month in a row.
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a $300 million expansion of Sun Metals zinc refinery in Townsville which will create 350 construction jobs and 100 ongoing when complete. “The city of Townsville will reap the rewards of this investment including through the creation of much-needed jobs,” Mr Macfarlane said.
Teachers from Brisbane and across regional Queensland were this week on a mission to help make science technology engineering and maths (STEM) even more interesting for their students and foster a spirit of innovation. First stop was Alexandra Hills SHS Centre of Excellence in Robotics and Automation where the 22 teachers received hands-on experience of robotics, electronics, 3D printing and virtual reality to inspire them in incorporating these elements into the new Australian curriculum.