Macfarlane said the resources sector contributed AUS$6.3 billion to the gross regional product in the Flynn electorate, which includes the energy powerhouse of Gladstone.
The groundwater management plan approval is another milestone in the Carmichael coal project’s almost nine year approval process.
Strong global demand for Queensland’s high quality resources has enabled the industry to get on with creating jobs.
Currently, there are more than 1300 vacancies advertised in resources, mining and energy across Queensland with more vacancies on the horizon.
The resources sector is working closely with communities to bring them to the heart of day-to-day decision making.
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane, said the release of the latest ABS figures showed Queensland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6% in January, just a minor decrease from 6.1% in December.
The Queensland Resources Council has identified the deep flaws in the Mineral Resources Amendment Bill, which is currently being assessed by a Parliamentary Committee.
The resources sector is delivering – one in eight jobs in Queensland are supported by coal, minerals, petroleum and gas industries in the state.
New data from Queensland’s ports has revealed total coal exports of 223 million t, surpassing the last record by 2 million t set in 2016.