Media Releases


Dr Anthony Lynham‘s retirement from politics

On behalf of the 372,000 Queenslanders working in or because of the resources industry across the State, I want to thank Dr Anthony Lynham for his service as Minister over the last five years. Dr Lynham entered politics to prevent the tragic loss of young Queenslanders to one-punch assaults, but he has achieved much more than that important achievement.


QLD can count on resources

QRC has launched an unprecedented four-week media campaign in the lead-up to the State Election to emphasise the economic and job creation importance of the mining and gas industry to the State’s COVID-19 recovery. QRC Chief Executive Mr Ian Macfarlane said the campaign was in response to worsening economic conditions, with Queensland’s unemployment rate the nation’s highest at 8.8% and the resources industry’s potential


QRC applauds QCoal’s Indigenous employment

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has applauded QCoal’s Indigenous participation rates at the company’s Byerwen Coal mine in Central Queensland.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said QCoal’s Indigenous representation at its Bowen Basin mine was 12 percent which was three times the industry average. “Indigenous people comprise 4 percent of the State’s workforce in resources and Queensland’s Indigenous population is 4 percent.


Resources sector has plan to dig Queensland out of COVID-19 unemployment hole

A Queensland resources industry plan for the COVID-19 recovery will assist keeping Queenslanders in work and get more back into employment, with confirmation today the State’s jobless rate was now the nation’s highest at 8.8%.Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the industry had worked extremely hard to flatten the curve and to keep the workers prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Royalty certainty essential to protect Qld economy from COVID-19 impacts

A legislated 10-year hold on the rate of royalties applied by the State Government to Queensland's resource commodities will create more jobs and strengthen COVID-19 recovery efforts, according to the Queensland Resources Council.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said maintaining royalty rates – already Australia’s highest - at current levels for the next 10 years sends a clear message to investors around the globe that 'Queensland is open for business'.


You can count on us: Queensland Resources Council

Queenslanders can count on the resources industry to continue to strictly comply with all government protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said today.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the industry was working closely with the State Government and office of the Chief Health Officer (CHO) to prevent the spread of the virus, especially into regional areas, and will do whatever is necessary to protect workers and the community.


Queensland records 5 per cent jump in mining jobs

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane has welcomed the news that the state’s trades and skilled mining job advertisements rose by five per cent in the March 2020 quarter. Research by independent technology firm CoverCard released by the Minerals Council of Australia shows Queensland is number one in Australia for resource-related job ads between March and May.


Queensland’s investor profile at further risk over resource royalty uncertainty

The Queensland Resources Council told a state parliamentary committee today that the state’s investment profile in resources would slip even further, unless the Government committed to keeping royalties at current levels for the next 10 years.A global survey of mining companies and investors released earlier this year by the Fraser Institute showed investors were seriously worried about Queensland’s investment potential.


Legislate to secure resource role in COVID-19 recovery

The Queensland Resources Council will tell a state parliamentary committee (Economics and Governance Committee) today that a stable royalty regime sends a very strong message that Queensland is open for business to potential investors, and gives companies the confidence to invest, plan and create new jobs.


QRC urges Queensland Government to copy WA plan for resource role in COVID-19 recovery

The Queensland Government should mirror key planks of the Western Australian Government’s COVID-19 recovery plan for the Sunshine State’s own economic revival, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. Mr Macfarlane said the WA Recovery Plan, launched by Premier Mark McGowan at the weekend, adopted many recommendations the QRC had already made to the Queensland Government, the Premier’s Queensland Industry Recovery Alliance and the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Government’s response to the COVID-19 recovery.


Working together delivers healthy waterways

A collaborative approach by the resources, agricultural and tourism sectors along with governments, conservation groups and Traditional Owners has delivered healthy waterways through the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac regions.Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership report card released today found half of the sites scored a ‘B’ grade (Good) reflecting the ongoing work of the multi-sector approach to river management systems.


Queensland’s resources companies invest $22 billion locally

Local businesses across Queensland are receiving a significant financial boost from resources companies with a 16 percent increase in local spending over 12 months. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the industry’s latest Local Content report found buying locally was a win-win for the industry and local communities.


QRC commends Rio Tinto’s partnership to improve Indigenous health

The Queensland Resources Council has commended a landmark partnership between Rio Tinto and the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation, who are pledging $1.15 million for improved health services in the Far North of the State.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the partnership with the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service would deliver Cape York its first CT scanner.


QRC applauds Glencore’s $725,000 UQ COVID-19 vaccine investment

The Queensland Resources Council has applauded Glencore’s $725,000 investment into the University of Queensland’s development of a COVID-19 vaccine.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the funding was another example of the sector’s ‘people first’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak.


More Red Tape and Bureaucracy with the Palaszczuk Government’s $8M Rehabilitation Commissioner

The Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 was another layer of red tape and bureaucracy on the resources sector at a time when the industry is working hard during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep jobs and the Queensland economy going, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane told the Natural Resources, Agricultural Industry Development and Environment Committee today.


QRC welcomes bipartisan support from Canberra on New Acland jobs

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the bipartisan support from Federal Labor and the LNP for the immediate approval of New Hope’s New Acland mine to stop more Queenslanders from unnecessarily losing their jobs. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said it was tragic to hear New Hope had been forced into making redundancies when the extension to the mine at Oakey on the Darling Downs had already been approved by Queensland courts.


Resource exports keep Queensland earning overseas amid COVID-19 fallout

International trade in Queensland’s resources has stayed consistent with an 80 percent contribution to the total value of the State’s exports of $79.9 billion in the 12 months to May 2020, according to Queensland Treasury’s analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the latest ABS data was another solid result for the State’s economy but the impacts from COVID-19 were being realised.


QRC welcomes BMA’s $100 million innovation investment in coal

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the announcement by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) to invest $100 million into autonomous haulage trucks at its Daunia coal mine in the Bowen Basin.QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Queensland coal industry was an early adopter of technology and a world leader in creating the long term jobs of the future through automation.