Media Releases


Recognition for increasing Indigenous participation in CQ mines

A woman who has increased the participation of Indigenous people at QCoal’s Central Queensland mines has been recognised in prestigious awards presented today. Margarita Escartin, Social Performance consultant for QCoal was presented the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) Indigenous Advocacy Award by QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.


Townsville student wins prestigious Indigenous award

Tec-NQ student Lincoln Anderson has been named Exceptional IndigenousQueensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) student at a prestigious awards event in Brisbane today. The QMEA is the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council and currently partners with 80 schools throughout the state to provide industry education and training.


Gongs for Indigenous business participation in resources sector

The efforts of Queensland companies to support the grown of Indigenous businesses servicing the state’s resources sector have been recognised. Arrow energy’s Whanu Binal Program and Diversified Building Services (DBS) have each taken out their category in the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) Indigenous Awards presented today by QRC’s Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane


Mackay Indigenous tradeswoman a rising star

Tenille Tonga, Hastings Deering’s first Indigenous female leading hand, has taken out the Rising Star category in the prestigious Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Indigenous Awards. 


Resources can help Qld become an energy superpower

Queensland can become Australia’s number one ‘Energy State’ and a global energy superpower thanks to abundant coal and gas reserves and easy access to renewables, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today. 


QIC investment in Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal backs resources

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) welcomes the Queensland Investment Corporation’s (QIC) commitment to take a 9.9 per cent stake in the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) near Mackay. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Treasurer Cameron Dick had flagged the proposed investment in DBCT by QIC, the Government’s investment arm, prior to the State election.


QRC-government plan to grow resources sector could yield Keppel a billion-dollar boost

The Queensland Resources Council says the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan agreed to by the re-elected Palaszczuk government aims to increase the sector’s economic contribution across the state, including in the Central Queensland electorate of Keppel.


QRC ready to work with Government, new Minister, to help Qld recover from COVID

The Queensland Resources Council is ready to get to work with the re-elected Labor Government and its new Mines Minister to deliver on a Resources Industry Development Plan to help Queensland recover from COVID. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today the Plan, which Treasurer Cameron Dick endorsed prior to the election campaign, was a blueprint for the growth of the coal, metals and gas sectors to supercharge Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19.


Resources injects $6.1 billion into Rockhampton, Gladstone region

New data shows Queensland’s resources sector supported 32,250 jobs and contributed more than $6.1 billion – representing a 1 per cent increase - to the Rockhampton and Gladstone region’s economy over the past financial year. 


Mackay and Coalfields boosted by record 33 per cent resources growth

New data shows Queensland’s resources sector supported 117,812 jobs and added close to $19.9 billion – an incredible 33 per cent increase - to the Mackay and Coalfields’ economy over the past financial year.


Labor fails to give certainty to Queensland’s resources sector

The mining and gas industry of Queensland today expressed its disappointment at Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s refusal to guarantee it will not increase royalty rates on coal, metals and gas over the next four years if Labor is re-elected to govern Queensland.


Townsville a ‘billion-dollar baby’ thanks to resources industry

New data shows Queensland’s resources sector supported 6,513 jobs and contributed more than $1 billion to Townsville’s economy over the past 12 months.


Resources injects $876 million into Cairns and FNQ economy

New data shows Queensland’s resources sector supported 5790 jobs and contributed $876 million to the Cairns and Far North Queensland economy in the past 12 months.


Resources injects almost $4 billion into Darling Downs, South West

New data shows Queensland’s resources sector supported 19,676 jobs and contributed almost $4 billion – representing an 18 per cent increase - to the Darling Downs and South West Queensland economy over the past financial year. 


50,000 extra mining and gas jobs steer Qld towards recovery

The number of jobs supported by the resources industry in Queensland has now reached 420,000, following the release of new data showing an extra 50,000 jobs have been created by the sector in the past financial year. The Queensland Resources Council today released industry figures confirming mining, gas and energy companies added a record $82.6 billion to the state economy in 2019-20, representing a $5 billion increase on the year before.


QRC welcomes LNP commitment to unlock North West Minerals Province

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the LNP’s commitment to unlock the North West Minerals Province to fast-track projects, investment and jobs with the appointment of a dedicated Deputy Coordinator-General. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the LNP has responded to the QRC’s request for the role to be created to address the constraints identified in reviews into the future development of the North West Minerals Province.


Regions ask parties to commit to ‘Three Rs’ and safeguard millions of jobs

A million Queenslanders working in the State’s major industries have urged all political parties to prioritise the Three R’s – Revenue, Regions, and Regulation that is reasonable – to ensure our continued strong growth. The five industries – agriculture, mining and gas, tourism, timber and property – collectively employ one in three Queenslanders. AgForce, Queensland Resources Council (QRC), Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), Property Council of Australia (PC) and Timber Queensland (TQ) have joined forces to call on the next State Government to prioritise the Three R’s to ensure a strong post-COVID recovery.