Media Releases

13/02/2019

QRC congratulates Peabody Australia on rehabilitation milestone

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane, today applauded Peabody Australia’s environmental credentials after the company received certification from the Queensland Government for the rehabilitation of close to 90 hectares (86.67) of land at its former Wilkie Creek mine northwest of Dalby. “It’s another clear and practical example of Peabody’s commitment to the environment and the sustainability of mining in regional Queensland,” Mr Macfarlane said.

13/02/2019

QRC WELCOMES INVESTMENT IN CRITICAL MINERALS PROJECTS

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to prioritise critical minerals projects in its latest round of Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) funding. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the investment of up to $20 million for critical minerals projects would help encourage new exploration, which is essential to secure the resources jobs of the future.

11/02/2019

Resource company flood recovery donations approach $3M

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said with the recovery well underway the costs would start rolling in which meant every dollar donated was critical. “I’d like to thank the BHP Foundation and Incitec Pivot for these donations which will go a long way in supporting people who are trying to get back on their feet after this widespread and damaging flood,” Mr Macfarlane said.

11/02/2019

QRC welcomes Peabody’s Australian first on rehabilitated mined land

Peabody Australia is a leading example of embracing technology with an Australian first for mining on rehabilitated land after the company began cattle trials with GPS enabled collars, said the Queensland Resources Council. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said this was another example of world-class rehabilitation and the sector’s appetite to invest in cutting edge technology. 

11/02/2019

Big data the focus at Moranbah technology training

The scale of technology and level of innovation is constantly changing in resources and the sector is getting on with the job of training the next generation of resource employees said the Queensland Resources Council. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said industry, along with TAFE Queensland and the State Government, is delivering a training program focused on teaching digital skills needed by industry - Sustaining Digital Futures Project.

08/02/2019

QRC welcomes South32’s $1 million NQ flood donation

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a $1,000,000 donation by South32 to the North Queensland flood recovery. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said every dollar donated would help alleviate some of the pain Queenslanders are going through with this destructive flood.

06/02/2019

QRC welcomes Glencore’s $1 million NQ flood donation

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a $1,000,000 donation by Glencore to the North Queensland flood recovery to help support communities in flood-stricken areas. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said while North Queenslanders were dealing with the impact from the devastating weather event, everyone should play their part in giving a helping hand.

06/02/2019

QUEENSLAND RESOURCES EXPORTS BRING HOME BILLIONS IN 2018

Queensland coal exports in December capped off a resurgent year for the Queensland resources sector, going up in value by more than 15 per cent in 2018. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the stellar figures based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reinforced the importance of our state’s commodity exports to all Queenslanders.

06/02/2019

Queensland Parliament must reject Greens’ anti-resources, anti-jobs bill

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is calling on the Queensland Parliament to emphatically reject the Greens’ destructive and reckless proposal to ban mining in the Galilee Basin. In a joint submission with the Queensland Mining and Energy Division of the CFMEU, the QRC has identified the deep flaws in the Mineral Resources (Galilee Basin) Amendment Bill (Qld), which is currently being assessed by a Parliamentary Committee.

01/02/2019

Queensland coal reserves revised upwards as resources exploration gets a boost

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to award tenders for the exploration of coal in the Bowen and Surat basins and minerals in the North West Province. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the announcement by Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham showed the strength of the resources sector, and the opportunities that are literally at Queenslanders' feet, including through a new higher estimate of the extent of Queensland’s coal reserves.

31/01/2019

Resources driving exports, jobs & royalty taxes

The value of Australia’s resources and energy exports have helped drive a 4.4 percent increase in the price of export for the December quarter, with strong growth in coal and LNG exports said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the export price index for national coal exports increasing by 3.7 percent while LNG soared by 8.6 percent.

30/01/2019

Alexandra Hills State High School’s Centre for Excellence puts students in prime position for jobs of the future

Students from Alexandra Hills State High School will be among the best equipped in the state to tap into the careers of the future, with the first sod turned today for the Centre for Excellence in Automation and Robotics. The Centre for Excellence will operate in partnership with the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) to set students on the path to excel in the industries that are at the heart of Queensland’s future – including the resources sector.

30/01/2019

Statement from QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on Adani job applications

It's surprising that almost 14,500 people have expressed interest in working on the Adani mining project. The resources sector is a strong and steady employer of Queenslanders, despite the fact that Queensland's unemployment rate is among the highest in Australia.

25/01/2019

New mine approval is ore-some, billions more in resources sector pipeline

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.

24/01/2019

Resources sector doing its job reducing Queensland’s unemployment rate

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.

23/01/2019

Nominations open, journalist Stan Grant to address QRC’s 2019 Indigenous Awards

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.

15/01/2019

QLD COAL KEEPS BREAKING RECORDS

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.

09/01/2019

Miner impact delivers major export milestone for Queensland

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.