Media Releases


On the Tools at Evolution

Students from Ayr are the first to participate in the inaugural ‘On the Tools at Evolution’ trade experience to be held at Ayr State High School today. The event, run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) with support from Australian gold miner Evolution Mining and their Mt Carlton team, allows senior students to work in a simulated work environment on a trade-based project over three days.


Girls get hands-on with trades

Central Queensland girls will find out what it’s like to be a tradie when they take part in a hands-on workshop with resource professionals. Students from Moranbah and Dysart will explore trade career pathways in a girls-only workshop, while in Emerald both male and female students will experience trade-based activities from local resources sector tradies and apprentices.


Record Queensland export value on the back of resources

Queensland’s exports have surged to a new record of $82.8 billion – the third record month in a row – on the back of another increase in the value of coal and minerals.


Lifetime achievement award for resources sector trailblazer

The Queensland Resources Council has presented its first ever Lifetime Contribution Award to mark the career of resources sector trailblazer ConocoPhillips Australia East President Wendy King. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the honour was befitting to recognise a career that has reached the very highest level.


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.