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Queensland Resources Council
Economic Contribution

Since opening this page, the Queensland resources sector has generated the following contribution to the state's economy

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Media releases 2012

Budget revision is market reality 20 Dec 2012
A forecast $388 million fall in coal royalties paid to the Queensland Government in 2012-13 was an inevitable consequence of factors beyond the...

Callide on cue for global role 20 Dec 2012
The commitment of ongoing federal government and coal industry support for the Callide Oxyfuel Project in central Queensland could not be timelier...

North West renaissance 18 Dec 2012
18 December 2012 The peak body for Queensland’s minerals and energy sector has hailed the MMG Board’s endorsement of the Dugald River project as...

Progress on land access lauded 14 Dec 2012
Queensland’s minerals and energy sector says it is looking forward to working with the state government and other stakeholders to ensure that...

Positive news for coal future 13 Dec 2012
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche has described today’s release of the comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)...

Supply chain united in dust reduction 10 Dec 2012
10 December 2012 The state government has been assured of continuing cooperation from supply chain participants in working to reduce coal dust...

Government’s ringing endorsement of skills and training reform package 30 Nov 2012
The chair of the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce has welcomed the Newman Government’s embrace of wide-ranging recommendations for reforms to...

Father of coal-seam gas industry honoured 28 Nov 2012
The father of the burgeoning coal-seam gas industry in Queensland has received recognition for his life-long service to the resources sector. Bob...

Resources sector still driving Queensland's economy 28 Nov 2012
One in every four dollars of the state’s economy and one in every five jobs—that's the extent of the resources sector's contribution to Queensland's...

Coal downturn - ABC Radio National report 23 Nov 2012
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche and Australian Coal Association Chief Executive Nikki Williams speak with reporter Cathy...

Coal jobs pain for Queensland 20 Nov 2012
Job losses in the Queensland coal industry were a painful reminder of the industry’s trade exposure but some encouragement could be taken from recent...

Rush to judgment on TAFE reform disappointing 15 Nov 2012
Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce Chairman Michael Roche is urging federal government politicians and other interests to read the Taskforce’s...

Front foot approach welcome 13 Nov 2012
The peak representative body for minerals and energy companies in Queensland has congratulated the Newman Government on another major project...

Greenpeace hysteria threatens communities 12 Nov 2012
An internationally-funded campaign to shut down Queensland’s export coal industry was relying on exaggeration and misrepresentation in a bid to...

Industry welcomes long-term solution for mine flood water 8 Nov 2012
The peak industry body for the minerals and energy sector in Queensland has welcomed the Newman government's proposal for the management of salinity...

Resources sector loses stalwart 5 Nov 2012
The resources sector is mourning the loss of industry pioneer Cyril Golding – affectionately known around Queensland as ‘Mr Gladstone’. The winner...

ALP inexperience no excuse for scaremongering 5 Nov 2012
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said today that the inexperience of the ALP Opposition was no excuse for scaring central...

ASX chief calls for tax breaks to boost exploration
ASX Chief Executive and Managing Director Elmer Funke Kupper has called on the federal Government to change tax arrangements for minerals and energy...

Indigenous companies bid for resources sector work
Leading Queensland resource companies and their major contractors will meet local Indigenous businesses to discuss partnering opportunities at a Meet...

Industry hits back at 'crying wolf' claims
The peak body for the minerals and energy sector in Queensland has hit back at claims that the industry is 'crying wolf' over the current slump in...

Uranium committee well equipped for job 30 Oct 2012
The peak industry body for the minerals and energy resources sector in Queensland has welcomed the Newman government's appointments and terms of...

Reef shipping study skewers coal critics’ claims 24 Oct 2012
Alarmist predictions by environmental activists of more than 11,000 coal ships travelling through the Great Barrier Reef area by 2020 have been put...

‘Resources Week’—spotlight on Queensland's resources sector 23 Oct 2012
Hard on the heels of yesterday's announcement of the go-ahead for uranium mining in Queensland, the vitality, diversity and resilience of the state's...

Decisive action on uranium a huge opportunity for Queensland
The peak industry body for the Queensland minerals and energy sector says the lifting of the ban on uranium mining by the Newman government will be a...

Resources sector fighting cost impediments to growth 18 Oct 2012
Queensland's resources sector is making a determined effort to control costs to ensure the industry remains strong. Michael Roche, the Chief...

Survey brings sobering news on royalty impacts
A survey of Queensland's coal company chief executives shows that all coal producers expect to cut costs in response to the increase in coal...

Mining industry remains committed to co-operation on safety 14 Oct 2012
A report confirming Queensland's strong safety performance has been welcomed by the peak industry body for the minerals and energy sector. Chief...

Important milestone for Queensland's Galilee Basin coal fields 10 Oct 2012
The federal government's environmental approval for the GVK Hancock port development at Abbot Point is an important milestone in opening up...

New tack on uranium welcomed
Queensland's peak minerals and energy industry body has welcomed the Newman government’s encouragement of a serious public discussion about uranium...

Greenpeace 'scary monsters' report has zero credibility 19 Sep 2012
Today’s latest comic book from Greenpeace on the growth prospects of the Queensland coal industry has zero credibility, according to the state's peak...

It’s time to develop uranium in Queensland
An editorial on the future of uranium mining in Queensland by Michael Roche, Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council and Michael Angwin,...

Mine tax hike a risk to jobs, investment and reputation 11 Sep 2012
The worse than feared hike in coal royalties announced in today’s Queensland budget means more job losses, the risk of further mine closures and the...

Job cuts drive home reality 10 Sep 2012
Hundreds of Queensland coal industry job losses announced today have sent a clear message to governments that the industry is not a bottomless pit...

Awesome win for Oresome app 3 Sep 2012
A mobile ‘app’ developed online and involving collaboration across four states has been crowned the education category winner at the Australian ‘Mobi...

Queensland's decades of promise 26 Aug 2012
QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche speaks with ABC Radio's Warren Boland on the future of the Queensland minerals and energy sector.

Regulation tick for Minister 23 Aug 2012
More than three years of reform work has culminated in the passage through the Queensland Parliament of a Bill to provide Queensland's resources...

‘Boom’s’ doom OK 23 Aug 2012
The demise of the term ‘mining boom’ from commentary surrounding the future of the Queensland minerals and energy sector would not be missed,...

GET the safety message 21 Aug 2012
The 2012 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference tonight (Tuesday 21 August) reinforced its theme ‘A New Era in Health and Safety’ at...

Queensland coal under strain 20 Aug 2012
Excerpts from speech by Chief Executive Michael Roche to the 8th Coaltrans Australia Conference in Brisbane today. 'The government of the day is...

Latest world coal statistics 9 Aug 2012
The latest global coal data fact sheets from the World Coal Association.

Streamlining package a win for community and the resources sector 2 Aug 2012
Queensland's peak resources sector body welcomes government action to cut red tape by streamlining the resource tenure approvals process and by...

Mount Margaret’s North West boost 31 Jul 2012
Xstrata Copper’s $124 million investment in the Mount Margaret mining project near Cloncurry is one more pointer to the region’s future as a leading...

View video of Inspire! Convention 25 Jul 2012
More than 500 Women attended the inaugural Women in Mining Queensland (WIMARQ) and QRC Inspire! Convention in Brisbane. The full day event was...

Interview with QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche 25 Jul 2012
Rural Reporter Michael Cavanagh interviews Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche following his keynote address to the QME2012...

Statutory regional plans key to state’s future 24 Jul 2012
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche has committed the minerals and energy sector to work closely with the state government in...

Resources sector women to be Inspired 18 Jul 2012
More than 500 women working in the resources sector are gathering in Brisbane today for the inaugural Inspire! Convention aimed at attracting and...

‘Failure to communicate’ costly for Queensland 17 Jul 2012
17 July 2012 Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche has told a joint QRC-Freehills forum in Brisbane today that a breakdown in...

Government removes another roadblock to wealth creation 4 Jul 2012
The state’s peak minerals and energy industry body says the Newman government has removed another roadblock for wealth creation for all Queenslanders...

First 100 days marked by energy and purpose 3 Jul 2012
The Newman government’s first 100 days has delivered to Queensland an administration with energy and with purpose according to the state’s peak...

Queensland welcomes Yancoal Australia 28 Jun 2012
Another significant vote of confidence in the Queensland coal industry has materialised with today’s Australian Stock Exchange listing of Yancoal...

Great Barrier Reef protection industry priority 21 Jun 2012
The Queensland Resources Council has reiterated its members' commitment to balancing economic growth with world-leading environmental management of...

Opportunity to comment on land access report 19 Jun 2012
The Queensland Resources Council has acknowledged the release today by Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps of the report of a Land...

Taskforce chairmanship huge honour and challenge 19 Jun 2012
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said today he was under no illusion over the challenges ahead in chairing a Queensland...

Government applauded for keeping promise on mining royalties 15 Jun 2012
Queensland's peak resource sector body has welcomed news that the Queensland Government will consult with the industry before considering any changes...

New era of cooperation good news for Queensland 15 Jun 2012
The peak body representing the resource sector in Queensland has welcomed the new environmental approvals agreement between the Queensland and...

Greens sink to new lows in anti-coal war 8 Jun 2012
Advertisements placed in Indian newspapers by Greenpeace and Getup are just the latest in their increasingly shrill and irrational campaigns to shut...

Major step forward to open up new coal resources 6 Jun 2012
The peak body representing resource sector companies in Queensland has welcomed the state government's rail proposals for the Galilee Basin announced...

Outlook bright for Queensland’s future engineers 6 Jun 2012
Campus life is just getting started, but first-year uni student Sarah Coughlan was thinking well ahead when she enrolled in the power duo degree of...

Helping hand for students seeking degrees of success 6 Jun 2012
One hundred engineering and science students from across Queensland are receiving a kick-start to their university studies and discovering...

Federal minister ‘downs tools’ 5 Jun 2012
The federal environment minister has been urged to get back on the job, rather than pushing every resource project that comes across his desk into...

Reef strategic assessment process welcomed 5 Jun 2012
The peak body for minerals and energy sector companies in Queensland has congratulated the Newman Government on its support for a comprehensive...

The facts about the UNESCO (World Heritage Centre) report arising from IUCN Reactive Monitoring Mission – Great Barrier Reef 4 Jun 2012
As the report states, work on this assessment is already under way: 'The mission was able to participate in a workshop on this assessment during its...

New era, new challenges 2 Jun 2012
A new era of export opportunities for Queensland would require a concerted effort by all stakeholders to continue delivering positive environmental...

Environment Minister hits the ground running 29 May 2012
The introduction in Queensland Parliament today of a legislative package promising a significant ‘greentape’ reduction would be welcomed by...

Major milestone in opening new coal province 29 May 2012
Today’s conditional approval of the GVK Hancock Alpha Coal and Rail Project by the Queensland Coordinator-General is a major milestone in...

What resource workers want: statewide survey 25 May 2012
A statewide survey of almost 2,300 mining and gas company workers has confirmed that they want the option of both residential and non-residential...

Queensland winner with project approval 23 May 2012
The Coordinator-General’s green light for Rio Tinto Alcan’s $1 billion-plus South of Embley Project near Weipa on Cape York Peninsula is a milestone...

Reef shipping forecast released 22 May 2012
Independent reef shipping forecasts have been released as part of an ongoing study focused on identifying ways to enhance the management of shipping...

Skills challenge magnitude confirmed 16 May 2012
Today’s release by the Kinetic Group of its 2012 Heartbeat Report on the state of the Queensland mining industry workforce confirms both the...

QMEA Rocks Emerald! 14 May 2012
Teachers from Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Schools in central Queensland are now better equipped to implement the Australian...

Girls get taste of resource sector careers 4 May 2012
Toowoomba State High School student Lauren Page’s words—'girls can do anything'—set the theme for the ‘4Girls2’ resource career days in Miles and...

Lobby taking aim at Queensland...again 1 May 2012
Demands from the anti-mining lobby for the resources sector to be cut from the federal fuel tax credits scheme is another strike at Queensland aimed...

Smart people needed to drive Queensland's resource sector aspirations 30 Apr 2012
University and resource sector leaders are seeking ways to train sufficient science and engineering graduates to meet the needs of the state’s...

Working toward good policy from new government 12 Apr 2012
In the latest Queensland Resources Council (QRC) State of the Sector Report released today, QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche says the sector is...

Norwich Park 12 Apr 2012
Statement by QRC Chief Executive, Michael Roche. The cessation of production at BMA’s Norwich Park coal mine is clearly a concerning development...

Helping hand for students seeking degrees of success 2 Apr 2012
Up to 100 engineering and science students across Queensland will receive a kick-start to their university studies and discover opportunities in the...

Safety conference to focus on resource growth 2 Apr 2012
Improving the resource sector’s number one priority—safety—will be the sole aim of more than 700 workers when they converge on Townsville in August...

The right machinery to drive Queensland forward 30 Mar 2012
Queensland’s peak industry body for the minerals and energy sector has welcomed Premier Newman’s overhaul of government departments. Queensland...

Australian Copper Conference, Brisbane 27 Mar 2012
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche presented a keynote address to Vertical Events' Australian Copper Conference in Brisbane...

QRC congratulates Campbell Newman and LNP 24 Mar 2012
The peak industry body for Queensland's minerals and energy sector has congratulated Mr Campbell Newman and his LNP team on their emphatic election...

Positive directions from floods report 16 Mar 2012
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations relating to the mining industry. Chief...

ALP commitment on royalties welcome 15 Mar 2012
The peak body for Queensland minerals and energy sector companies has welcomed reported comments by Treasurer and Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser that...

Rio Tinto top executive wins prestigious resource sector award for women 10 Mar 2012
A Brisbane woman whose global role takes her from Mozambique to Namibia, the USA and back again has won this year's Queensland Resources Council...

Reef vital to resources 8 Mar 2012
A Queensland resources sector delegation led by the Queensland Resources Council will emphasise to a UNESCO monitoring mission that preservation of...

Aspiring engineer wins resource scholarship 7 Mar 2012
Aspiring engineer Jared Semple is a step closer to a career in the resources sector after winning a prestigious scholarship. He has been awarded a...

Minerals-savvy teacher wins top award 7 Mar 2012
Pioneer State High School (PSHS) teacher Mick Nixon’s passion for teaching earth science has been recognised with a prestigious award. Mr Nixon...

Top award for minerals-savvy Moura teacher 7 Mar 2012
Moura State High School teacher Norah Parson’s passion for teaching has been recognised with a 2012 Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA)...

Top resource scholarship for talented student 7 Mar 2012
The accolades keep coming for Pioneer State High School (PSHS) student Lachlan Brand whose career in the resources sector is a step closer after...

Leaders must reject attack on coal industry 6 Mar 2012
The Queensland Resources Council is calling on Premier Anna Bligh and LNP leader Campbell Newman to publicly condemn an environment lobby plan to...

Women swap steel toes for stilettos 6 Mar 2012
More than 1000 women across Queensland will swap their steel toes for stilettos on Thursday 8 March to celebrate the progress of women in the...

QRC encourages resource communities contest between ALP, LNP 5 Mar 2012
Queensland’s resources communities are finally receiving the political attention they deserve during the 2012 state election campaign, Queensland...

LNP's encouraging first instalment 4 Mar 2012
Queensland’s peak minerals and energy sector organisation has welcomed the LNP’s commitment to a Resource Community Building Fund as an ‘encouraging...

Great Barrier Reef health coal industry priority 1 Mar 2012
1 March 2012 Queensland’s export coal industry is supporting one of the most comprehensive environmental investigations in the country’s history...

What workers want 24 Feb 2012
The QRC has released preliminary results from a survey of resources sector employees regarding their accommodation requirements. The information...

Let Fitzroy facts speak for themselves 17 Feb 2012
Queensland Resources Council members with operations in the Fitzroy River Basin warmly welcomed the release of water quality data from all sources,...

Resource sector careers lure indigenous students 3 Feb 2012
The prospect of a rewarding career in the resources sector will be a step closer for more than 65 indigenous students from across Queensland meeting...

Miners have nothing to hide 2 Feb 2012
The Queensland Resources Council and its coal members operating in the Fitzroy River Basin have nothing to fear from full reporting of water...

Far North deserves ‘fair go’ 1 Feb 2012
Extreme elements of the environment lobby would not be satisfied until far north Queensland was declared off-limits to all economic development,...

Global uncertainty tempering outlook 19 Jan 2012
The Chief Executives of Queensland’s minerals and energy exporters have nominated a global downturn associated with debt and banking issues in the...

Resources policy front and centre in 2012 poll 19 Jan 2012
The peak representative body for Queensland’s $40 billion a year minerals and energy sector today released its 2012 state election policy...

Facts escape Treasurer's grasp 13 Jan 2012
The Queensland Resources Council has denied Deputy Premier and Treasurer Andrew Fraser’s baseless assertion that it is backing the LNP Opposition at...

Juniors biggest losers in fees hike 13 Jan 2012
The latest round of increases in state government charges for Queensland’s minerals and energy resource developers will create further uncertainty...

No room for second best in workplace safety 12 Jan 2012
Queensland’s peak resources sector body has raised concerns over emerging threats to the integrity of the state’s workplace safety...

Mining ‘ban’ political grandstanding 11 Jan 2012
Queensland’s 4.6 million residents must be wondering what gives Somerset Regional Council the privilege to ‘ban’ coal and coal-seam gas development,...