Media Releases

19/10/2020

Major parties acknowledge key resources role in Queensland’s COVID recovery

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed recognition by the state’s two major parties at separate campaign launches yesterday of the

13/10/2020

Resources sector defies COVID to maintain 80% share of Qld exports

The Queensland resources industry has continued to deliver its 80 percent share of the state’s export earnings over the past 12 months despite the disruptions to international markets and commodity prices, according to new trade data. QRC Chief Executive Officer Ian Macfarlane said over the 12 months to August 2020, the 372,000 Queensland men and women working in resources helped deliver $56.5 billion - or 79.25 percent - of the state’s total export earnings of $71.3 billion.

13/10/2020

QRC partnership with department to boost Indigenous employment extended

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the extended commitment from the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to work with QRC and its members to boost employment opportunities for Indigenous Queenslanders. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the department’s extended commitment to the partnership, first forged 12 years ago, would help ensure the resources sector continues to be a leader in providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

07/10/2020

Statement by Queensland Resources Council Board President, Mr Brent Gunther, in response to a decision by BHP to suspend its QRC membership

Statement by Queensland Resources Council Board President, Mr Brent Gunther, in response to a decision by BHP to suspend its QRC membership

07/10/2020

QRC welcomes progress on CopperString 2.0 to power North West Minerals Province jobs

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement today of an implementation agreement for the proposed CopperString 2.0 high voltage 1100 km transmission line to the North West Minerals Province. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the progress of CopperString 2.0 was part of the Resources Industry Recovery Agenda presented to the Government by QRC-AMEC in June.

06/10/2020

QRC welcomes Premier’s ‘no deals’ promise ruling out power-sharing with Greens

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s promise to “no deals”, ruling out a power-sharing alliance with the Greens to stay in office after the 31 October State election.

05/10/2020

QRC urges Queenslanders to vote for COVID-19 recovery – jobs first, Greens last

The Queensland Resources Council is urging voters at this month’s state election to back a strong economic recovery post-COVID by putting job security first and the Greens last on their ballot paper.

30/09/2020

QRC welcomes Olive Downs mine as ‘critical jobs booster’ for Queensland COVID-19 recovery

The Queensland Resources Council has described the decision to grant the mining lease for Pembroke Resources’ Olive Downs coking coal project in central Queensland as a “critical jobs booster” for the State’s COVID-19 recovery.

23/09/2020

QRC welcomes Glencore’s $500 million investment into regional Queensland

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a $500 million investment by Glencore which will see its Mount Isa copper smelter and Townsville refinery extend operations beyond 2022.

23/09/2020

QRC chief in Mackay today, flags more resources jobs for Queenslanders post-COVID

The resources industry has kept Queenslanders working and earning through COVID-19 and is poised to play a central role in employing more regional Queenslanders, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today. Speaking from Mackay, Mr Macfarlane said the QRC’s latest State of the Sector report found 43 per cent of resource companies were planning to decrease their use of interstate workers in the long term.

22/09/2020

Resources keep Qld afloat despite regulatory headwinds

The resources industry has played a critical role in keeping Queenslanders working and earning through COVID-19 and is central to the state’s economic recovery, according to the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) latest State of the Sector report.

16/09/2020

Queenslanders shine in national women in resources awards

Two Queensland women have taken out top honours in the Women in Resources National Awards presented by the Minerals Council of Australia today.

16/09/2020

Moranbah Hospital redevelopment commitment welcomed by QRC

The Queensland Resources Council welcomes the State Government commitment of $500,000 for a business case for the redevelopment of the Moranbah Hospital. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the State Government should now provide a timeframe on the progression from business case to hospital redevelopment.

15/09/2020

Canberra answers QRC calls to hit the gas for COVID recovery

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed today’s announcement by the Morrison Government of a multi-pronged plan to develop more Queensland gas for market as part of a COVID-19 recovery. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the QRC’s Resources Industry Recovery Agenda, published in June, identified more gas pipeline infrastructure as a key response to the COVID-19 recovery.

14/09/2020

Resource exploration funding boost would pay COVID-19 recovery dividend for Queensland

The Queensland Resources Council is urging the State Government to commit extra funding from its $3 billion COVID-19 stimulus package to a collaborative program to boost exploration for new resource discoveries.