THE Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of Major Project Status for the Multicom Resources Limited Saint Elmo Vanadium project near Julia Creek.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the granting of this status was an important next step to creating new mining jobs in North Queensland.

“Queensland has a leading role to play in the development of the critical minerals industry,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“These new critical minerals projects will deliver new jobs in regional Queensland, and will play a strategic role for Australia in terms of defence industries, manufacturing, trade and regional development.

“Vanadium is just one of the critical minerals the Queensland resources industry can mine and process. 

“Queensland has globally-significant reserves of copper, nickel, zinc, graphite, and molybdenum and major deposits of cobalt, rhenium, scandium, tantalum, niobium and lithium.

“Our resources industry is primed to deliver regional investment and jobs for decades to come.  Investments in new critical minerals projects will add to the coal, gas, bauxite and zinc industries which already underpin the Queensland economy.

“In the last year, the resources sector contributed $74.3 billion to the state’s economy and supported more than 372,000 jobs," Mr Macfarlane said.

“It’s important that Queensland has the right policies in place to attract the investment to translate our opportunities in critical minerals into a reality.

“Granting Major Project Status sends an important message to global investors, and QRC has also welcomed the Queensland Government’s $13.8 million five-year package to encourage new discoveries of critical minerals to attract more overseas investment.

“QRC is calling for continued bipartisan support for policies that support the resources sector and help create jobs.”

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AS PART of a Federal Parliament inquiry into economic engagement with Traditional Owners, Members of Parliament are travelling to Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.

The Northern Australia Committee is holding public hearings in the Northern Territory this week, and will hear evidence from Land Councils, Native Title holders, Indigenous business leaders, local councils and other stakeholders.

Committee chair Warren Entsch said  that Indigenous Australians represent a major social, cultural and economic asset.

"Traditional Owners are major landholders in Northern Australia. How we tap into that land resource is the key to promoting the economic development of Indigenous communities and the development of Northern Australia," Mr Entsch said.

In its submission, the Northern Territory Government noted, "Approximately 30 percent of the NT’s population is Aboriginal" and that "Aboriginal Territorians own or have rights and interests in a substantial portion of the Territory’s land mass and a large majority of its coastline. This made ‘Aboriginal Territorians key drivers and partners in the NT’s economic future".

The Central Land Council emphasises that Aboriginal people were not lacking enterprise or endeavour, but "need to be supported and resourced to engage with the mainstream economy and capitalise on their significant social, cultural and land assets". Critically, it noted that "this support must align with people's aspirations and cultural traditions and practices".

The committee will hold public hearings in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. Programs are available on the committee’s website.

Public hearing details

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Time: 9am to 3pm
Location: Ballroom B, Hilton Hotel, Mitchell St, Darwin

Witnesses include:

Northern Territory Government
Northern Land Council
Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation
Yingiya Mark Guyula MLA
NAILSMA
Northern Territory Indigenous Business Network
Aboriginal Investment Group
Mr Kevin Stephens
Arafura Resources Limited

Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Time: 9:30am to 1:15pm
Location: Roper Gulf Regional Council, Crawford St, Katherine

Witnesses include:

Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation
Savanna Solutions
NT Cattlemen’s Association
Roper Gulf Regional Council
Centrefarm/ALSEDA
NARMCO

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Time: 10:30am to 3pm
Location: Ballroom C, DoubleTree by Hilton, Barrett Dr, Alice Springs

Witnesses include:

Central Land Council
Aboriginal Carbon Foundation
Central Desert Regional Council
MacDonnell Regional Council
Mr Dennis Kunoth

The hearings will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live.

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GLENCORE has again demonstrated the resolute commitment of the resources sector to upholding the highest environmental standards, according to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). The Queensland Government has certified 166 hectares of rehabilitated mined land at the company’s Rolleston coal operations in central Queensland.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said it was the second area of land certified by the Government after 220 hectares were signed off at the site last year.

“It’s an incredible achievement from Glencore and further underpins the industry’s commitment to world class rehabilitation. Close to 40 percent of mined land at the company’s Rolleston open cut coal mine south of Emerald has been certified or almost 400 hectares,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Queensland resources industry is committed to returning mined land to post mining uses which ensures ongoing economic opportunities for the area. Last year’s certified land at Rolleston is being used for grazing cattle.”

In financial year 2018/19 the Queensland resources industry invested $74.3 billion into the state’s economy and supported more than 372,000 full time jobs while only using 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass, according to QRC.

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GLENCORE has again demonstrated the resolute commitment of the resources sector to upholding the highest environmental standards, according to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). The Queensland Government has certified 166 hectares of rehabilitated mined land at the company’s Rolleston coal operations in central Queensland.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said it was the second area of land certified by the Government after 220 hectares were signed off at the site last year.

“It’s an incredible achievement from Glencore and further underpins the industry’s commitment to world class rehabilitation. Close to 40 percent of mined land at the company’s Rolleston open cut coal mine south of Emerald has been certified or almost 400 hectares,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Queensland resources industry is committed to returning mined land to post mining uses which ensures ongoing economic opportunities for the area. Last year’s certified land at Rolleston is being used for grazing cattle.”

In financial year 2018/19 the Queensland resources industry invested $74.3 billion into the state’s economy and supported more than 372,000 full time jobs while only using 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass, according to QRC.

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GAS IS FLOWING from Senex Energy’s Project Atlas near Wandoan after the company was awarded the acreage with a domestic-only condition last year by the Queensland Government.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said Senex Energy had already created hundreds of jobs during construction and would now protect jobs by delivering gas domestically.

“This gas will supply reliable electricity to Queenslanders through the new State Government-owned generator CleanCo, which operates Swanbank E gas-fired power station near Ipswich, along with manufactures CSR, Orora and O-I," Mr Macfarlane said.

“It’s a great Queensland story with Brisbane-based Senex delivering first gas to Queenslanders and Queensland manufacturers. This will help drive down energy costs which will protect jobs in the manufacturing industry.

“Project Atlas vindicates Queensland’s proactive approach to developing gas but, with NSW and Victoria’s ongoing failure to develop their own gas resources, Queensland continues to do all the heavy lifting to provide extra gas for the eastern Australian market.”

Mr Macfarlane said Project Atlas was granted a domestic only supply lease by the State Government in March last year which was an innovative regulatory framework for ensuring domestic gas supply by avoiding an overly prescriptive gas reservation policy.

“Now it’s a flagship example of what can be achieved by developing Queensland’s resources to the benefit of local communities and the State’s industrial base.”

Project Atlas is the first natural gas acreage in Australia committed to supplying domestic customers.

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