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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

$2,460

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Media Releases 2013

Cash bidding for Queensland exploration titles 25 Jan 2013
25 January 2013 The Queensland Resources Council has long opposed cash bidding for exploration tenures for two key reasons. The first is that...

Queensland resources flood update 29 Jan 2013
29 January 2013 Queensland’s export coal industry could take several weeks to resume full production in the wake of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald,...

Facts ignored again by political agenda 31 Jan 2013
31 January 2013 With no evidence to support claims that Fitzroy River water quality is being compromised by managed water discharges from Bowen...

Mining boosting Bowen Basin communities 4 Feb 2013
4 February 2013 Incomes are higher and unemployment is lower in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin communities than in non-mining regional areas...

Mining and resources boosting Darling Downs-Surat Basin communities 4 Feb 2013
4 February 2013 The proportion of people earning high incomes in the Darling Downs-Surat Basin region has doubled since 2006, and unemployment is...

Queensland’s energy rewarded 13 Feb 2013
13 February 2013 The Queensland Resources Council has congratulated the Newman Government on removing impediments to the development of an oil...

Workers ignored in report 13 Feb 2013
13 February 2013 The most comprehensive analysis to date of resources sector workers’ accommodation needs and preferences did not rate a mention...

More regulation than jobs in federal plan 17 Feb 2013
17 February 2013 Today's Gillard Government Industry and Innovation Statement is a disappointing mix of more spending, more bureaucrats, higher...

Green light for dust monitoring program 27 Feb 2013
27 February 2013 Phase one of a coal corridor action plan for the western and metropolitan rail systems running through to the Port of Brisbane...

Attack on science experts puzzling 28 Feb 2013
28 February 2013 Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said today he was puzzled by attacks on the credibility and...

Port privatisation requires full industry consultation 5 Mar 2013
5 March 2013 Statement by Michael Roche, Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council. In the publicly released executive summary of the final...

Resources sector on track to achieve 20 percent women by 2020 8 Mar 2013
8 March 2013 Queensland's resources sector is on track to achieve its goal of 20 percent women in 'non-traditional' roles by 2020. The...

Female coal mine pioneer wins top resources sector award 8 Mar 2013
8 March 2013 The first female open-cut examiner and shift boss at NSW’s largest open-cut coal mine and now Rio Tinto Coal Australia’s NSW regional...

Top award for encouraging women to enter resources sector 8 Mar 2013
8 March 2013 The judges couldn't separate them, so two women from very different backgrounds share this year's prestigious Gender Diversity...

Practical response to increasing female numbers in resources sector earns Xstrata top award 8 Mar 2013
8 March 2013 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines' strategies for increasing the number of women in its workforce has earned the company the prestigious Best...

Top operator encourages other women to take on the big machines 8 Mar 2013
8 March 2013 Myf Szepanowski, Production Supervisor at Anglo American's Callide mine has won this year's Operator category in the Queensland...

Quick rise to top earns Mount Isa woman top resources sector award 8 Mar 2013
8 March 2013 Just 27 years old and already Acting Metallurgy Manager for Xstrata Copper's Mount Isa Copper Smelter, Lucya Yunus' fast rise through...

Switched on Tamara wins prestigious resources sector award 8 Mar 2013
8 March 2013 Shift Electrician at Xstrata's Copper's Mount Isa mine Tamara Bellinger has won the trade category of the 2013 Resources Awards for...

Galilee Basin stride 11 Mar 2013
11 March 2013 One of Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects has taken another giant stride with today’s announcement that Aurizon and GVK...

Federal foray unwelcome, unnecessary 12 Mar 2013
12 March 2013 The federal government’s latest foray into the resource development approvals process is unwelcome and incapable of satisfying...

Western/metropolitan rail corridor dust monitoring extended 15 Mar 2013
15 March 2013 Southern Queensland’s wet spell has resulted in an independent dust monitoring program along the western and metropolitan rail...

Sound platform for uranium development 18 Mar 2013
18 March 2013 Queensland’s peak resources sector body has welcomed today’s Uranium Mining Implementation Committee report to the Newman Government...

Scholarships encourage women into resources sector 20 Mar 2013
20 March 2013 The peak body for the resources sector in Queensland has welcomed scholarships presented today by Premier Newman that will help more...

Resources sector unites for local businesses 21 Mar 2013
21 March 2013 Queensland minerals and energy sector companies are uniting under a voluntary code of practice to strengthen linkages with local...

Martin Ferguson: dignified and enlightening 22 Mar 2013
22 March 2013 The resignation today of federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson has left a massive gap in Cabinet during a troubled...

Gray appointment well received 25 Mar 2013
25 March 2013 Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said today that Mr Gary Gray’s appointment to Cabinet with portfolio...

Independent Review of the Port of Gladstone 2 Apr 2013
2 April 2013 The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is unquestionably one of the most important features of Australia’s biodiversity, as evidenced by its...

Four Corners - the full story 3 Apr 2013
3 April 2013 The coal-seam gas industry has responded openly to a number of charges levelled against it by the ABC-TV program, Four Corners on 1...

Tick for teacher quality plan 9 Apr 2013
9 April 2013 The Newman government's plan to improve the quality of Queensland's teachers has received a tick from the state's resources...

Competitiveness concerns exposed 12 Apr 2013
12 April 2013 The Queensland resources sector's peak body says the minerals and energy industries and governments need to work together to ensure...

Minerals taxation: What’s happened and what’s next? 15 Apr 2013
15 April 2013 Chief Executive Michael Roche's address to the Minerals Council of Australia Biennial Tax Conference in Brisbane.

A better TAFE for Queensland 16 Apr 2013
16 April 2013 The Chairman of the taskforce charged with re-invigorating the skills and training system in Queensland says enabling legislation...

Western/metropolitan rail corridor dust monitoring update 23 Apr 2013
23 April 2013 With the first two-month round of dust monitoring along the western and metropolitan rail corridor nearing completion, the...

Thanks for the photo-op and farewell 24 Apr 2013
24 April 2013 Greenpeace’s boarding of a stationary coal ship in the Coral Sea this morning was as pointless as it was potentially dangerous,...

North West biggest loser if fuel credit axed 30 Apr 2013
30 April 2013 MOUNT ISA: Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche says axing the fuel tax credit for off-road use of diesel by...

Resources sector welcomes new directions for public sector 30 Apr 2013
30 April 2013 The peak body for the resources sector in Queensland says it supports the thrust of much of the government's response to the...

Veneering of coal on western/metropolitan rail corridor begins 2 May 2013
2 May 2013 The second phase of a coal corridor action plan for the western and metropolitan rail systems is under way with the veneering from...

Treasurer urged to check bathwater 5 May 2013
5 May 2013 Queensland’s peak body for minerals and energy companies is urging federal Treasurer Wayne Swan not to throw the baby out with the...

Evidence-based approach applauded 6 May 2013
6 May 2013 The Queensland Resources Council has congratulated Cotton Australia for presenting an important review of scientific analysis to inform...

Mounting tax toll on Queensland economic pillar 15 May 2013
15 May 2013 The federal budget’s $1.1 billion tax grab on minerals and energy exploration was another hit to an already groggy Queensland...

South of Embley project approval 15 May 2013
15 May 2013 The Queensland Resources Council has congratulated Rio Tinto Alcan on securing federal environmental approval today for its South of...

Opening Statement to Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications 23 May 2013
23 May 2013 The Great Barrier Reef is unquestionably one of the most important features of Queensland and Australia’s biodiversity, and is one of...

Queenslanders backing resources future 24 May 2013
24 May 2013 An overwhelming majority of Queenslanders have thrown their support behind the state’s minerals and energy sector industries despite...

Resources sector welcomes public reporting on Fitzroy river health 28 May 2013
28 May 2013 The peak body for the resources sector in Queensland has welcomed the launch of the first Fitzroy River Report Card as a clear...

Pilot mine water release success 28 May 2013
28 May 2013 The Queensland Resources Council says the extension of the Newman Government’s Legacy Mine Water program to other coal mines in the...

Exploration a capital ambition 4 Jun 2013
4 June 2013 Queensland’s ambition to become the minerals and energy exploration capital of Australia has been lauded by the sector’s peak...

Queensland’s other Origin test 5 Jun 2013
5 June 2013 Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche has told an industry conference that the sector was ready for whatever...

Scientists’ welcome contribution to GBR 5 Jun 2013
5 June 2013 The peak representative body for minerals and energy sector companies in Queensland has welcomed the commitment of Australian and...

Senate Committee on Community Affairs 11 Jun 2013
11 June 2014 Opening statement by Michael Roche, Chief Executive QRC, Brisbane The overarching message we would like to leave with the...

Clearing the air on coal dust 14 Jun 2013
14 June 2013 QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche has dismissed claims by environmental activists that the coal industry and associated export...

Explorers on board with science boost 19 Jun 2013
19 June 2013 Queensland’s exploration community has soundly endorsed the Newman Government’s commitment to throw more light on the state’s...

Federal water cops unnecessary 19 Jun 2013
19 June 2013 Today’s passage through the Senate of the federal government’s latest meddling with the resource development approvals process is...

Getting to the nub of the reef debate 26 Jun 2013
26 June 2013 by Michael Roche, Chief Executive Former Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke’s dissection of the debate surrounding the...

Co-existence blueprint for Queensland 28 Jun 2013
28 June 2013 The peak representative body for minerals and energy companies in Queensland says draft regional plans for the Darling Downs and...

New guide to help mining and gas companies buy local 3 Jul 2013
3 July 2013 Queensland's peak resources sector body has today released a guide to help minerals and energy companies to source more goods and...

No law changes needed to reduce coal dust 5 Jul 2013
5 July 2013 Queensland coal companies have responded to community concerns and are already taking steps to reduce coal dust from rail wagons...

Industry welcomes government support for women in resources 9 Jul 2013
9 July 2013 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has applauded the Queensland Government's funding commitment to a new program that will see...

More questions than answers on carbon pricing 14 Jul 2013
14 July 2013 Today’s confirmation by the Federal Treasurer that the Rudd Government is fast-tracking the move to a floating carbon price does...

Red tape reduction milestone 17 Jul 2013
17 July 2013 Today’s release by the Newman Government of measures to streamline the environmental impact statement (EIS) and social impact...

Election opportunity waiting 22 Jul 2013
22 July 2013 With many Queensland minerals and energy industries staring down the barrel of their toughest operating environment in more than a...

Research to help junior miners prosper 31 Jul 2013
31 July 2013 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) and the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship...

Government’s rational response to new opportunity 31 Jul 2013
31 July 2013 Queensland’s peak resource sector body has congratulated the Newman Government on signalling their intention to chart a balanced...

Election opportunity to address key challenges 4 Aug 2013
4 August 2013 The peak representative body for minerals and energy companies in Queensland has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Rudd of...

Rail corridor dust initial data report 5 Aug 2013
5 August 2013 Initial monitoring at six locations along the rail corridor transporting coal to the Port of Brisbane has confirmed that air quality...

QRC backing Bowen - with science and facts 6 Aug 2013
6 August 2013 Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche says the people of Bowen and the wider Whitsunday region deserve better...

The future for Australian coal 12 Aug 2013
12 August 2013 In this keynote address, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche:

Delay to dredging decision for Abbot Point 9 Aug 2013
9 August 2013 Environment Minister Mark Butler’s decision to defer his consideration of the dredging application for Abbot Point Coal Terminal...

Another policy fly-over from Greens 16 Aug 2013
16 August 2013 Today’s ‘fly-over’ of Abbot Point coal terminal by the Greens leader is symptomatic of a party blissfully remote from north...

Shipping, ports and the Great Barrier Reef 20 Aug 2013
20 August 2013 TOWNSVILLE: The peak representative group for Queensland minerals and energy companies has released its latest fact sheet...

Time to get serious about starfish 27 Aug 2013
27 August 2013 CAIRNS: It would cost the Australian Government an additional $8 million a year to give us a fighting chance of getting on top of...

Facts win out in reef debate 2 Mar 2014
2 March 2014 Queensland’s minerals and energy sector has applauded today’s announcement of a major state government campaign to promote the facts...

Reef protection policies lauded 2 Sep 2013
2 September 2013 Commitments from both major political parties to tackle documented environmental threats to the Great Barrier Reef have been...

Coalition’s exploration boost 3 Sep 2013
3 September 2013 Today’s commitment from the federal Coalition to introduce an Exploration Development Incentive for investors in junior resource...

Daunia mine boost 4 Sep 2013
4 September 2013 The Daunia open-cut coking coal mine in the Bowen Basin has already set a host of new benchmarks as a model 21st century mining...

Policy boxes ticked: work begins for Abbott government 8 Sep 2013
8 September 2013 After ticking all the minerals and energy policy boxes during the election campaign, the newly-elected Abbott government could...

A new surge predicted for resources sector 9 Sep 2013
9 September 2013 Queensland's peak resources body is predicting a new surge in the sector. Speaking at the Australian Steel Convention on the...

Mine safety reform consultation welcomed 11 Sep 2013
11 September 2013 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the release today of Queensland’s Mine Safety Framework, the long...

Jobs and investment fillip for Queensland 12 Sep 2013
12 September 2013 A new chapter in Queensland's resources sector story is a step closer to reality with the release today of the Newman...

Resources sector preparing for global rebound 17 Sep 2013
17 September 2013 ROCKHAMPTON: Central Queensland’s status as a global minerals and energy hub was being underwritten by translating a decade of...

Water too important for spin 23 Sep 2013
23 September 2013 The Queensland Resources Council said today it was both pleased and disappointed with the conclusions in a water study of the...

Highest environmental standards to continue 25 Sep 2013
25 September 2013 The peak representative body for minerals and energy companies in Queensland has congratulated the Abbott and Newman Governments...

Yeronga, Wynnum fear campaign rejects science 1 Oct 2013
30 September 2013 An ongoing campaign by environmental activists to create fear in Brisbane suburbs over the impact on air quality from coal...

Queensland resources: helping deliver a plan for Queensland 8 Oct 2013
The trebling of the value of resource production to $100 billion while minimising the sector’s environmental impact and providing high-skilled jobs,...

Industry applauds faster exploration decisions 14 Oct 2013
Queensland's peak resources body has congratulated Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps on reforms to the granting of exploration...

Kestrel extension bodes well 15 Oct 2013
15 October 2013 The official opening today of a 20-year life extension program at Rio Tinto Coal Australia’s Kestrel Mine near Emerald underscores...

Carbon tax repeal boost for industry confidence 16 Oct 2013
15 October 2013 Queensland’s resources sector has welcomed the Abbott Government’s release of draft legislation for repeal of the carbon...

Draft Ports Strategy in Queensland’s interests 17 Oct 2013
17 October 2013 The state government’s draft Ports Strategy showed the hallmarks of an ecologically sustainable approach to future development,...

Prospects revived, reputation boosted 17 Oct 2013
17 October 2013 The state government has been congratulated for looking to the future for the North Stradbroke Island community and seeking to...

Coal rail network price hike untenable 18 Oct 2013
Excerpt: While many coal industry suppliers have risen to the challenge and have assisted companies in reducing costs and staying globally...

Newman credit for breakthrough agreement 18 Oct 2013
18 October 2013 The Queensland Resources Council has called out the ‘unrelenting leadership’ of Premier Campbell Newman and support of Deputy Jeff...

Facebook fiction threatening Queensland industry 22 Oct 2013
Speech excerpt - Michael Roche, Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council: The anti-coal movement – led by Greenpeace – is continuing...

Resources sector milestones paving brighter future 23 Oct 2013
23 October 2013 Regional Queensland’s expectation of productive co-existence between the resources and agricultural sectors has taken another step...

Rows to hoe in regional plans 25 Oct 2013
25 October 2013 Two regional plans and a strategic cropping land review released this week by the state government have been described as...

2013 Queensland Exploration Scorecard 25 Oct 2013
25 October 2013 The 2013 Queensland Exploration Scorecard is the third to be compiled as a measure of Queensland's progress towards becoming an...

Greens about face on Abbot Point dredging 21 Aug 2013
TRANSCRIPT ABC NORTH QUEENSLAND 7.30am News 21 August 2013 READER: The Greens candidate for Dawson says he would support the expansion...

Governments revive confidence through science 1 Nov 2013
1 November 2013 The peak representative body for Queensland’s minerals and energy exporters has acknowledged the federal and state governments for...

Kevin’s Corner approval 1 Nov 2013
1 November 2013 In the wake of the federal and state governments proposing new environmental protection benchmarks for the Great Barrier Reef,...

Coal port capacity in Queensland 4 Nov 2013
The coal industry is not given to backing 'field of dreams' port developments. The Centre for Policy Development report released 3 November 2013...

Galilee Basin Development Strategy 7 Nov 2013
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche interviewed by media following release this morning by Premier Campbell Newman of the...

Change at QRC helm 8 Nov 2013
8 November 2013 The Queensland Resources Council has announced the election of New Hope Corporation Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer...

Ambit rail claim needs re-think 10 Nov 2013
10 November 2013 The Queensland Resources Council is calling on the monopoly owner of central Queensland’s coal rail network to substantially...

Contribution to resources sector and education recognised 19 Nov 2013
Leading Queensland mining executive Charlie Sartain has been awarded the prestigious Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Medal for his services to the...

Lightning strikes twice on Cape project 20 Nov 2013
20 November 2013 A second death sentence for the Pisolite Hills bauxite project on Cape York would come as a huge disappointment to local...

Industry on track with coal dust plan 21 Nov 2013
21 November 2013 A comprehensive coal dust management plan for the south-west and metropolitan rail corridor has been released in conjunction with...

Technology ready for savvy investor 27 Nov 2013
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche has congratulated Queensland Energy Resources (QER) on their successful demonstration of...

Resources sector keeps delivering for Queensland 3 Dec 2013
3 December 2013 A record $37.9 billion was spent by minerals and energy companies in Queensland last financial year. The 2012-13 postcode...

Cape York plan is focus 5 Dec 2013
5 December 2013 The peak representative body for minerals and energy developers in Queensland has reiterated its commitment to working with the...

Queensland resources women in global top 100
Seven women who have worked in the Queensland resources sector have been included in this year’s list of ‘100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining’...

Coal mine closure sign of times 10 Dec 2013
10 December 2013 The announced closure of the Wilkie Creek thermal coal mine near Dalby is another disappointing turn in the fortunes of the...

Abbot Point puts Bowen back on track 10 Dec 2013
10 December 2013 After 18 months of uncertainty, the Bowen community may finally have something to celebrate with today’s announcement by federal...

Capricorn Enterprise inaugural QRC Regional Partner 20 Dec 2013
20 December 2013 Central Queensland’s Capricorn Enterprise is the first community-based organisation in the state to join the Queensland Resources...