Samantha Nasternak

Exploration industry recognised in road to COVID-19 recovery

The Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) is pleased to see a number of relief measures introduced today by the Palaszczuk Government, to assist Queensland’s exploration industry through difficulties faced as a result of COVID-19. Exploration relief measures announced on 6 May 2020 by Dr Anthony Lynham, Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy include: a 12-month...
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Queensland Approach – Exploration Work Programs

On 20 March 2020, QRC wrote to the Premier seeking urgent relief measures for the resources sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Key areas included work program and relinquishment relief, rents and fee deferral. The QRC Resources Policy Team have been in constant communication with the Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy on exploration program...
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QEC Survey finds acute impacts for Queensland explorers

The QEC recently surveyed its members on the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis affecting the exploration industry. The survey results are summarised below: Results – QEC Member Survey: COVID-19 impacts on explorers:  While the resources industry remains robust, Queensland’s explorers are facing particularly harsh challenges. Concerning, 81 percent of explorers surveyed anticipated having to decrease expenditure over...
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Queensland must act to turn explorer optimism into investment outcomes

Queensland has lost ground in the latest global survey of mining companies and investors, falling two places to number 15 in the world for investment attractiveness in the Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2019. Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) Chair Kim Wainwright said it was disappointing to see Queensland’s investment attractiveness ranking decrease for...
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QRC welcomes the State Government’s 2020 Queensland Exploration Program

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the State Government’s 2020 Queensland Exploration Program which will open more than 7000 square kilometres of land for coal, gas and petroleum exploration. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the release of land for exploration for all resources was essential in creating new jobs, growing exports and supporting...
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Government tender for exploration vote of confidence in mining jobs

The Palaszczuk Government’s announcement today calling tenders to explore more than 540 square kilometres for coal development for export, steel production and electricity generation was another vote in confidence in mining sector jobs, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said. “I welcome the Government’s announcement.  Exploration is an important indicator of confidence in the resources sector and it is an...
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QRC and QEC welcome exploration releases in the North West

Queensland resources sector has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to meet the growing global demand for metals by releasing 1100 square kilometres of land for exploration in the State’s mineral rich North West. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the ongoing commitment by Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham...
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New exploration to secure exports

The Queensland resources sector has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s action to meet the growing demand for the State’s high-quality coal awarding two preferred exploration tenders in the Bowen Basin. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane welcomed Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham’s announcement as a commitment of confidence so crucial for new...
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Increased mineral, petroleum exploration spending bolsters Qld jobs pipeline

Increased investment in exploring for minerals and petroleum in Queensland, was a strong indicator of future jobs growth in the resources sector. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Officer Ian Macfarlane said the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released today, found in the December 2017 quarter mineral exploration was $64.3 million – a 27...
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