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QRC welcomes Rio Tinto’s Amrun achievement

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the completion of Rio Tinto’s $2.6 billion Amrun bauxite mine project on the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said not only was the mine completed under budget and ahead of schedule but it was a leading example of a resource company working with local communities and suppliers.


Resources sector focused on reinforcing links with local communities

Resources sector companies are focused on building stronger bonds and delivering even more returns to local communities, as part of recognition of the challenges facing business, government and institutions when it comes to trust. The Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) latest quarterly State of the Sector survey has found the sector is working with communities even closer to bring them to the heart of day-to-day decision making.


Resources exploration figures show need for investment certainty

New exploration data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reinforces the need for clear and consistent rules for investment in the Queensland resources sector. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the data shows exploration expenditure is up across minerals and petroleum.


QRC seeks urgent talks on Qld’s resource investment attractiveness

The Queensland Resources Council will meet with the Palaszczuk Government next week in a bid to arrest the further decline in the State’s attractiveness for resource investment. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Canadian-based Fraser Institute global survey of mining companies found Queensland’s investment attractiveness fell from 12th to 13th of 83 jurisdictions around the world.


Women line up for trade careers

Women make up 40 percent of BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) apprentice intake this year, and they have been put through their paces in Moranbah over the past month to prepare them for their new careers. A total of 41 new apprentices undertook the work readiness program - 16 of them women - at the Moranbah Blue Shed, which replicates their future work environment.


Arrow on target for Qld jobs, exports and royalties

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the green light for Arrow Energy’s $10 billion Surat Gas Project which will create around 1000 jobs during construction and operation. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the decision to grant 14 petroleum leases would be a welcome addition to the state’s economy and a significant local boost for the Western Downs.


Resources women win travel grants to Queensland’s IWD event

Five regional Queensland women who work in the state’s resources sector have been awarded travel grants to attend one of the biggest International Women’s Day event in the state. The grants, awarded by the Queensland Resources Council(QRC) enable them to attend the QRC/Women in Mining and Resources Queensland International Women’s Day Breakfast and Inspire!Convention on 8 March in Brisbane.



The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today the long-term future of the coal industry would ensure ongoing jobs for Queensland workers and investment in regional communities. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the coal industry employs 215,600 people directly and indirectly, out of the 316,000 employed across the state’s resources sector. The majority of those jobs are in Central and North Queensland.


Central Queensland girls finalists in prestigious award

Three Central Queensland girls have been announced as finalists for an award to be presented in Brisbane on International Women’s Day (8th March). The year-12 students from Moranbah, Mackay and Moura will fly to Brisbane for the Resources Awards for Women presented by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ).



The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said securing a long-term pipeline of new resources projects would be essential for Queensland to make further inroads into bringing down the state’s unemployment rate. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the release of the latest ABS figures showed Queensland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent in January, just a minor decrease from 6.1 per cent in December.


Closing the Gap report highlights the need for more Indigenous employment

The Queensland resources industry has recommitted to playing its part in creating economic opportunities and jobs for Indigenous Australians following the release of the latest Closing the Gap report in the Federal Parliament. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said economic opportunities for Indigenous Australians are essential to making meaningful strides towards the Closing the Gap targets, and the resources sector had an important role to play.


Miners deliver people, $3.75 million & ADF support to the flood recovery

Resource companies TerraCom and South32 Cannington have increased donations from the sector to $3.75 million for the flood recovery efforts in North Queensland. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said TerraCom donated $250,000 to GIVIT, while South32’s Cannington mine added another $250,000 to the company’s original $1 million.


QRC welcomes Senex’s Roma North construction progress

Senex Energy is on track to deliver its Roma North natural gas development in the Surat Basin following recent milestones said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said Senex Energy was constructing a natural gas processing facility and a 5.2km steel pipeline to transport gas to its customer Santos GLNG.


Over 70 new Glencore apprentices get ready for work in Queensland

In a huge boost to regional employment Glencore has increased its apprenticeship intake by 74 in Queensland and 112 across its Australian mining operations, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said this cohort of young women and men were embarking on a long and rewarding career in the resources sector.


Miners deliver major boost to flood relief efforts

Mining companies Anglo American and QCoal have increased donations from resource companies to flood recovery efforts to more than $3 million. Anglo American has donated $200,000 to GIVIT, while the QCoal Foundation has committed $100,000 to support local initiatives in Townsville and across North Queensland.


National Resources Statement provides blueprint for new jobs and investment

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the release of the Morrison Government’s National Resources Statement which provides a blueprint for the long term future of the sector, and more jobs. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the statement released by Resources Minister Matt Canavan today, which is the first of its kind in more than 20 years, was an important signal about the ongoing value of the resources sector for all Australians.


QRC welcomes new petroleum facility licence

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the decision by the State Government to award a petroleum facility licence which will lead to a new gas processing plant in the Surat Basin. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the plant would be built by Jemena and process gas from Senex Energy’s Project Atlas west of Wandoan.


QRC calls for Labor’s Australian Future Mines Centre to be based in Queensland

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has called on the Federal Labor Party to commit to establishing its newly announced $23 million Australian Future Mines Centre in Queensland if elected. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced the planned centre during Minerals Week in Canberra.