Media Releases

05/12/2018

Students converge on Queensland’s biggest mining town

This week will be an eye opener for Brisbane and regional students when they rub shoulders with government ministers, check out the latest mining technology, and get a taste of university life. The 20 students, who will receive their Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Ambassadors certificates from Minister for Education Grace Grace will be the star turn at the QMEA annual breakfast (7th December) in Queensland’s biggest mining town – Brisbane - where they’ll meet resource sector leaders.

05/12/2018

QRC WELCOMES ANGLO AMERICAN BUSHFIRE DONATION

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a donation by Anglo American of $100,000 to Queenslanders affected by the bushfires. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the donation, to not-for-profit GIVIT, would help ease the pain of people who have lost homes and belongings as a result of the fires.

05/12/2018

RESOURCES SURGE WITH RENEWED CONFIDENCE AND INCREASED EXPLORATION

Renewed confidence in the resources sector is translating into an increase in exploration investment across all commodities, with the coal industry enjoying the biggest surge, a new report from the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) has found. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the release of the annual QEC Scorecard capped off a strong year for resources.

04/12/2018

RESOURCES DIG DEEP FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

Queensland’s resources sector has dug deep to get behind farming communities affected by the drought with total contributions of $800,700 to several drought relief organisations said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said all droughts cause extreme hardship on farmers which can last for many years.

03/12/2018

QRC WELCOMES RIO TINTO’S FIRST SHIPMENT FROM AMRUN MINE IN FNQ

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) congratulates Rio Tinto after the company’s Amrun project on Cape York made its first shipment of bauxite more than a month ahead of schedule. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the $2.6 billion project was a leading example of a resource company working with local communities and suppliers while delivering on targets.

29/11/2018

QRC WELCOMES GREEN LIGHT FOR ADANI FINANCE

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement that the Adani Carmichael project has full finance, and that work will soon get underway on the mine in Galilee Basin. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the investment in the project was a sign of the strength of the Queensland resources sector.

29/11/2018

Recognition for top resources women

The finalists in the 2019 Resources Awards for Women have been announced.   The awards, run by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) recognise the leading women, as well as the work of men and women who promote gender diversity in the sector.

26/11/2018

BATTLE OF THE BRAINS AS STUDENTS TACKLE TECHNOLOGY HEAD ON

Local students will be in a battle of the brains as they try to outdo each other to come up with technological solutions to real-world challenges today. About 50 students from Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) and Somerville House will be mentored by minerals and energy professions through engineering challenges around oil and gas wells and minerals sorting.

26/11/2018

QRC WELCOMES COORDINATOR GENERAL APPROVAL OF MACMINES AUSTASIA PROJECT

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Coordinator General’s decision to approve MacMines Austasia’s $6.7 billion China Stone coal mine in the Galilee Basin. “Every new investment in the resources sector is good news for Queensland,” QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

21/11/2018

SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

Capella State High School students will have their heads in the clouds today as they compete to design the most aerodynamic paper planes. 

20/11/2018

BRISBANE GIRLS MINING OPPORTUNITIES

Somerville House students looked behind the scenes of the mining industry when they visited Peabody’s corporate offices at South Brisbane today. The event is part of the school’s Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) activities and broadens their understanding of the careers available in the minerals and energy sector.

19/11/2018

RESOURCES POWERING QUEENSLAND WITH $62.9 BILLION BENEFIT AND 316,000 JOBS

Queensland’s resources sector continues to drive jobs growth and investment in communities with a $62.9 billion (up 14 percent) contribution to the State’s economy in 2017-18, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane launched the ninth annual economic contribution report at the Port of Brisbane with Senator Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.

15/11/2018

QUEENSLAND GAS POWERING LOCAL INDUSTRY

Queensland is strengthening its position as the most reliable supplier of gas on the East Coast, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane welcomed announcements from the Palaszczuk Government of a call for tenders for gas exploration on a block designed specifically to supply the manufacturing industry, and to award Armour Energy and a Shell/Santos Joint Venture (JV) rights to explore for more than 900 square kilometres of land near Surat.

14/11/2018

QUEENSLAND RESOURCES SECTOR WORLD LEADERS ON REHABILITATION

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) says new laws passed by the Queensland Parliament will ensure the state’s resources industry can continue creating jobs and revenue for all Queenslanders, while at the same time meeting the highest environmental standards. “Queensland’s miners are responsible managers of the land. The establishment of the new financial provisioning scheme in the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Act will further strengthen the reputation of the Queensland resources industry for using world-leading environmental practices,” QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

12/11/2018

QRC WELCOMES SENEX’S ROMA NORTH GAS DEVELOPMENT

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the decision by Brisbane-based Senex to start construction at the company’s Roma North natural gas development. QRC Chief Executive said the job creating project 30 kilometres north of Roma would provide a much needed boost to the local economy.

09/11/2018

STUDENTS GET RESOURCEFUL WITH NEW SKILLS

Brisbane students will get a taste of the advanced science technology engineering and maths (STEM) skills they’ll need if they’re considering careers in the technologically advanced resources sector. For the first time, students from St Rita’s College, St Laurence’s College, Kelvin Grove State College and All Hallows Schools will take part in Beakers.Bots.Build, run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

08/11/2018

NEW JOBS FOR REHABILITATED MINE

New jobs have been created at Peabody Australia’s former Wilkie Creek coal mine as the site transitions from mining to new post-rehabilitation land uses, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the resources sector adhered to world-class environmental standards with a strong focus on the rehabilitation of land post mining. “This is a great example of a coal company employing a transitional team to ensure mined land is restored back to a standard which can be used for multiple land uses including grazing,” Mr Macfarlane said.

08/11/2018

STUDENTS LAUNCH INTO REAL WORLD OF ROBOTS

Local students will experience science at work today using robots to navigate their way around Gladstone Harbour and pilot a tanker to collect Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). Staff from ConocoPhillips, downstream operator of Australia Pacific LNG, will mentor 50 students at the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Beakers. Bot. Build event at Toolooa State High School.