The Queensland Resources and Exploration Gateway (QUREX) helps businesses discover the advantages of investing in Queensland’s thriving resources exploration industry and provides them with opportunities for their future growth and prosperity.  

QUREX’s vision is to be a catalyst for development and growth in the Queensland resources sector by attracting and facilitating business investment in the resources exploration industry.   

QUREX plays an important role in connecting investors with the resources sector, government, industry associations, and business partners by providing information, tools, resources and support.

The QUREX Gateway was established in 2017 by the Queensland Exploration Council and is supported by the Queensland Government, through the Department of Natural Resources & Mines (DNRM) and Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ)

The Queensland Exploration Council is a not-for-profit initiative of the QRC. The Queensland Exploration Council launched in 2010 with the aim to have Queensland acknowledged as the minerals and energy exploration leader by 2020.

Learn more about the Queensland Exploration Council and the team of QUREX contributors below.


The Queensland Resources and Exploration Gateway (QUREX) is created and managed by the Queensland Exploration Council and is a collaboration with the Queensland Government.

Launched in 2010 as a not-for-profit initiative of the Queensland Resources Council, the Queensland Exploration Council focuses on investment attraction initiatives that showcase Queensland as a leading investment destination.

The Queensland Resources and Exploration Gateway is supported by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Trade and Investment Queensland and the Office of the Queensland Resources Investment Commissioner.


As a not-for-profit initiative, the Queensland Exploration Council and the team behind QUREX must rely on sponsorship from its generous supporters within the Queensland resources sector. At this early stage of bringing QUREX to life and in order to reach its full potential, there are a limited number of exclusive opportunities available.


As a Queensland Exploration Council member, you will be entitled to:

  • Free conference passes and discounts
  • Prominent listing of your company on the QUREX Gateway
  • Drive Queensland’s cross-commodity exploration promotion agenda
  • Access to resources communications specialists to get your company name and projects out there
  • Monthly newsletter “Exploring Queensland” – hear first-hand what is happening in Queensland’s thriving exploration industry



There are a range of sponsorship opportunities to be showcased on the QUREX Gateway. Your sponsorship is returned back into the development and promotion of QUREX.

Sponsor the QUREX Gateway homepage – from $500 per month

Sponsor the QUREX Gateway events page –  from $200 per month

Get your brand noticed – pay for prominence and your company will be listed at the top of the page –  from $250 per month



For further information about becoming a corporate partner with the Queensland Exploration Council, please visit the website or contact Marketing Manager Samantha Nasternak, via email below.




What does the Queensland Exploration Council do?

The Queensland Exploration Council focuses on investment attraction initiatives that showcase Queensland as a leading investment destination. Queensland is rich in gas and many minerals, being the #1 source of traded coking coal, #2 source of lead, #3 source of bauxite and zinc and #5 source of silver globally. Queensland also has uranium and rare earth mineral potential.

Who leads the Queensland Exploration Council?

The Queensland Exploration Council is led by a diverse and highly skilled leadership team including former Queensland Government Chief Geologist, Queensland Exploration Council Chairman Brad John, as well petroleum specialist Stephen Kelemen and coal specialist Darren Walker.

Who are the Queensland Exploration Council’s members?

The Queensland Exploration Council’s membership comprises the who’s who of the resources sector, together with members drawn from finance , accounting and legal sectors, events and marketing, research and government. The Queensland Exploration Council endeavours to influence perceptions about the importance of exploration, and promote Queensland’s prospectivity to investors and businesses that support the exploration sector. 

Interested in joining the Queensland Exploration Council?

Queensland Exploration Council membership gives access to initiatives in exploration investment attraction, the monthly newsletter, sponsorship opportunities as well a platform to set, implement and participate in the QEC’s agenda to bring investment to Queensland. 

Samantha Nasternak
QEC Marketing Manager

For further information about the Queensland Exploration Council, please contact Samantha Nasternak at info@queenslandexploration.com.au or phone 07 3295 9560.


Kim Wainwright

Kim Wainwright holds a number of Directorships in Australia, including being the Managing Director and CEO of Xplore Resources. Kim has held both high-level government and private sector experience in advisory and management positions. After leaving an advisory position in the government sector around ten years ago, Kim established her first business; consulting on strategy, risk management and policy development to private sector entities. Kim has embarked on a continued drive for improvement in both the community sector and business industry in Australia.

Deputy Chair, Petroleum & Gas
Stephen Kelemen

Stephen Kelemen is an independent industry executive. In addition to his QEC Deputy Chair Petroleum and Gas role, he is a member of the Core Energy Group Advisory Council and provides professional services to clients. Stephen has diverse petroleum industry experience including reservoir, development, operations, exploration, JV management, R&D and M&A evaluation developed through his 38 year career with Santos Ltd, as well as his extensive involvement with the industry.

Deputy Chair, Minerals & Coal
Darren Walker

Mr Darren Walker is currently a Senior Executive with U&D Coal Pty Ltd, a coal mine developer and explorer. He has over 18 years’ experience in exploration, mining operations, marketing and corporate management in coal, iron ore, gold and other metals as well as petroleum and gas and is passionate about exploration and the exploration industry. Darren holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology, a MBA, and is a competent person under JORC Code and is also Alternate Director – Exploration for the QRC.


The Queensland Exploration Council is a not for profit arm of the peak industry body, the Queensland Resources Council. The Queensland Exploration Council’s  agenda is to increase investment in Queensland’s exploration sector. The Queensland Exploration Council’s flagship project is the Queensland Resources and Exploration Gateway (QUREX). QUREX provides businesses with the tools, resources and support they need to invest in the vibrant Queensland mining and resources industry, including how to connect with new markets, new partnerships and new business opportunities.