New Coal Exploration Opportunities Up for Grabs

Coal Exploration

Explorations rights are up for grabs for the next wave of Queensland coal development for export, steel production and electricity generation. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham says more than 540 square kilometres in the Bowen, Surat and Galilee basins was now open for tender. “This … [Read more...]

Acland Coal Mine Back on the Agenda


The controversial Acland coal mine has had a win in the Supreme Court, re-invigorating the projects’ prospects of proceeding. The court today has set aside a recommendation from the Land Court to scrap the $900 million expansion project. Justice Helen Bowskill referred the matter back to … [Read more...]

New FIFO Law kicks in On Friday

FIFO workers

Those new laws governing FIFO work forces into the future become a reality from tomorrow. They mean that major resource projects adjacent to nearby regional communities will no longer be able to employ 100 per cent fly-in fly-out workforces in Queensland. Under the Act, large resource … [Read more...]

Australia takes the Minerals Cake

Set of valuable metals ingots isolated on white. 3D photo rendering.

If ever there was any doubt as to where the strength of the Australian Economy really rests latest statistics clearly indicate that as well as agriculture, mining in rural and remote areas of the country are its back bone. The latest statistics on Australia’s vast mineral resources show … [Read more...]

Acland Mine Extension is rejected


While local farmers opposed to the Ackland Mine extension celebrate, about 300 workers and an estimated 400 more in supporting industries are now looking down the barrel of job losses after the Environment and Science Department knocked back the approval of the environmental authority for the Stage … [Read more...]

The Hunt for Gas Grows


More than 19,000 square km of Queensland will be released for exploration and to identify new-age minerals needed for the next technology and renewables boom. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham today released the Annual Exploration Program for 2017-18, including thousands of … [Read more...]

New FIFO Law for Regional Communities

FIFO workers

The State government delivered on its election commitment this week to legislate against 100 per cent fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workforces on large resource projects near regional communities. Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham sys the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill … [Read more...]

New Regional Engagement Network

Jane Walker from Dalby and Katrina Macdonald from Roma.

Two new regional engagement officers, one based in Roma and one in Dalby, will represent the GasFields Commission on the ground in the Surat Basin. The Commission says it’s made regional engagement its number one priority and have equipped Commission staff to be fully mobile and responsive to … [Read more...]

Greenies Gearing Up – Again

Environmentalist push for renewable  energy

The awarding of leases to Glencore for the $7 billion Wandoan Coal project has the greenies army polishing up the protest placards. The activists say they are gearing up for all-out resistance against the prospect of a massive coal mine in the Surat Basin. The project would spark about 1300 … [Read more...]