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QRC Boss signs off at annual Lunch

The natural resources sector must promote its economic credentials, innovation, vital link to everyday products and social licence to operate, says outgoing Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche at its 2016 Annual Lunch.

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Queensland proposes extra Groundwater Regulations

Statement by Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche

Groundwater has long been one of the most vital resources for inland communities and the basis of much of Queensland’s agricultural production. So it should be no surprise that any changes to how groundwater is regulated will attract a lot of attention.

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Australia: Program Launch to help Women succeed in Resources Sector

A program to help women develop their careers in Queensland’s resources sector begins in Brisbane tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Women in Resources Mentoring Program will be officially launched tomorrow night by BHP Billiton (BHPB) Asset President Rag Udd and Leanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, who will be representing the Premier.

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Queensland's Exploration Plan provides Certainty and clear Vision for Explorers

Queensland’s peak resources sector body has welcomed news of more consistency in the release of land for exploration by the Queensland Government. Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham released the first annual exploration program, which sets out 826 square kilometres of land to be made available through competitive tender for minerals, coal, and petroleum and gas exploration over the next 12 months.

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Resources punching above their Weight

It comes as no surprise today that Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has announced a $2.7 billion royalty write-down ahead of next week’s budget, despite record-level coal exports and a strong ramp in LNG exports.

While Queensland continues to set records in the volume of resource commodities we export, our commodity prices have remained stubbornly low. In retrospect, it is clear that the commodity price forecasts in last year’s budget and mid-year review were far too bullish.

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Indigenous Jobs in Resources on the Rise

Despite 23,000 resources jobs lost in Queensland during the downturn, new data reports a 20 percent increase in the number of Indigenous employed in the sector last year. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) survey on Indigenous participation also reported growth of Indigenous businesses within resources supply chains.

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Small Businesses still big Winners of Resources Sector

The Queensland Resources Council’s latest report into resource company spending patterns confirms that local operators are still big beneficiaries of the resources sector. Despite facing one of the most severe economic conditions on record, the resources sector spent $24.7 billion with more than 24,000 local businesses and community groups last financial year.

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Exploration Initiative paves Way for Future

Statement by QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche

The Queensland resources sector may be well past the investment boom phase but tonight’s federal budget confirms the sector will deliver strong export growth with the return from minerals and LNG outperforming other sectors.

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Underground Coal Gasification in Queensland

Statement by QRC Acting Chief Executive Greg Lane

The Queensland Resources Council is very disappointed the Palaszczuk Government has announced today its intentions to ban underground coal gasification immediately, with no consultation.

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