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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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Mine Workers' Health and Safety is top Priority

Statement by QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche

The Queensland Resources Council welcomes the state government's five-point action plan to tackle the important health issue of pneumoconiosis, announced today by Queensland Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham.

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Metallica sells Limestone Projects for $845,000

Metallica Minerals Limited (the Company) (ASX:MLM) report that it has settled the sale of its non-core Ootann and Star Limestone Projects located in North Queensland and has received the balance of the sale proceeds of $845,000 (exclusive of GST) (Refer to ASX Releases 9 and 28 July respectively).

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QRC: Curtis Pitt Support welcome

The Queensland Resources Council welcomes the clarification from the Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt on ABC radio this morning that the government supports the development of the Galilee Basin.

I was rather puzzled and concerned by the story in The Courier Mail this morning suggesting that Mr Pitt was nonchalant about the Carmichael Mine going ahead and instead suggesting that aged care, health and disability jobs could replace highly paid, skilled mining jobs.

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QRC: Resources Sector troubled by MP’s Mining Attack

Queensland’s peak resources sector body says it is deeply troubled by the unjustified attack on the coal mining industry by the Member for Mirani Jim Pearce in parliament yesterday.

QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche says the sector has been working well with the Palaszczuk government and has sought an assurance from the Premier that Mr Pearce’s views are not shared by herself and her ministers.

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Domestic Stability integral to Queensland’s Revival

The state government’s mid-year budget review released today has reinforced the strength of the bond between resources sector exports and Queensland’s continuing prosperity. Treasurer Tim Nicholls has written down almost $1 billion in state revenues for 2014-15, underscored by depressed export coal prices.

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QRC: New Mine Laws deliver a Recipe for regional Economic Growth

Queensland’s peak body for the resources sector has welcomed the passage of the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill, which delivers a recipe for regional economic growth.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Michael Roche says this important legislation again demonstrates that the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps remains focused on enabling regional growth and development by streamlining unnecessary regulation.

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Gold Coast light Rail opens

Stage one of the AU$1bn Gold Coast light rail system was opened to the public on Sunday 20 July, unveiling many cutting-edge features and delivering a world-class public transport system for the city centre.

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No Break for Gas in Activist Agenda

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche has warned a meeting of gas industry professionals that their industry is under as much threat as their coal counterparts from activists trying to shut down the state’s resources sector. Addressing a Queensland Petroleum Exploration Association (QUPEX) lunch in Brisbane, Mr Roche said the campaign being waged against the coal industry had its roots in the perceived success of the anti-coal-seam gas movement.

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Great Barrier Reef - They wouldn’t have a Clue

Countries voicing concern about the impact of Queensland port developments on the Great Barrier Reef are mouthpieces for environmental activists that don’t have a clue about the local assessment process. That’s the frank assessment of the Queensland Resources Council’s Michael Roche, as Australia was given a 12-month reprieve from UNESCO, which has deferred a decision on whether to list the reef as ‘in danger’ until next year. Queensland’s environment minister Andrew Powell travelled to Doha, Qatar, last week to convince The United Nations’ world heritage committee the reef was being protected.

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