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The mining sector is down, but not out
The world's top 40 mining companies were in a race to the bottom in 2015, with falling market capitalisation and net losses leaving them slower, lower and weaker according to PwC's Mine 2016 report Mine 2016 is PwC’s 13th annual review of global trends in the mining industry. Its analysis is based on the financial performance and position of the global mining industry as represented by the top 40 mining companies by market capitalisation. In 2015, the world’s top 40 mining companies Read More
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August 2016
Australia signs up for the EITI
After a successful pilot of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Australia is set to adopt the program and ensure continued transparency and best practice in the resources sector The lasting value of Australia’s natural resources should become clearer as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is adopted here. On 6 May 2016, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and then Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Josh Frydenberg, Read More
August 2016
Stakeholder engagement: who are you, what do you stand for and why?
Stakeholders' perceptions should be aligned with the organisation's mission and vision to ensure that it maintains social licence to operate With an increasingly dynamic business environment, successful stakeholder engagement is becoming more important to achieving desired outcomes in today’s mineral resource industries. It is imperative to be proactive in correctly identifying all stakeholders and initiating early contact. This builds trust relationships, which are essential to ensure Read More
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August 2016
Future mining issues and mining education
Changes in the way minerals professionals are educated will allow the industry to retain a highly skilled workforce, even during times of uncertainty It is basically impossible to consider an advanced global society that is not dependent on mining and farming. Because of this, minerals-related professions will remain relevant for the foreseeable future, unlike many other careers that are becoming redundant due to advances in technology. However, the challenges facing the sector are likely Read More
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August 2016
Rethinking merit for a sustainable mining industry
Although the concept of 'meritocratic' companies is popular, studies suggest that unconscious biases influence decisions based on merit. How might the mining industry overcome these biases? The need to improve diversity and inclusion in business has been on the agenda for Australian businesses for many decades. There have been plenty of widely published discussions on the topic, including a number within the mining and resources industry such as the Mineral Council of Australia’s Diversity Read More
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Upgrades, modernisations and expansions: where will the expertise, capability and skills come from in the future?
This article is based on a keynote paper to be presented during the 13th AusIMM Mill Operators' Conference 2016 to be held from 10-12 October in Perth. The industry that supports operations and new projects is suffering a rapid decline in the currently severely curtailed capital investment environment. This is evidenced by a decline in the number of skilled teams, who are now centred in fewer locations. Other features are an aging and retiring ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, coupled with a low Read More
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AusIMM New Zealand Branch Annual Conference report
The AusIMM New Zealand Branch held its annual conference in Wellington from 3-6 September. Over the last 50 years of the Branch's existence, the conference has evolved into New Zealand’s focal event for mining and exploration companies, regulators, and service providers. The format is unique in the AusIMM in that the conference provides an eclectic mix of up-to-date geological and environmental science outcomes, perspectives from explorers, miners and industry commentators, Read More
Mine visit – Mount Carrington mines, Drake
On Saturday 17 September, 17 attendees spared part of their weekend to visit the White Rock Minerals – Mount Carrington mines north of Drake. The group visited the Kylo, Strauss and Lady Hampden open cuts as well as an abandoned ore battery, bioremediation trial plots and the tailings dam. Gold was first discovered in the Drake district in 1853, with a number of small prospects worked over the next 25 years. In 1886 gold and silver were found at Drake, Mount Carrington, White Rock and Read More
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The 2016 AusIMM New Zealand Branch Annual Conference – a new professional’s perspective
The 50th AusIMM New Zealand Branch Annual Conference was held in Wellington at the Te Papa museum from 3-6 September, and presented a technically engaging program sponsored by OceanaGold, New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals, SGS, Newcrest Mining Limited, Redbull Mining Services, GNS Science, Washingtons Explorations Ltd NZ, Straterra Natural Resources, CRL Energy and Doug Hood Mining. I would like to thank Rene Sterk, Chair of the New Zealand AusIMM Branch, for the opportunity to attend Read More
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AusIMM member profile – Sarah Monoury
I am a geophysicist and geostatistician passionate about understanding how the Earth works and managing its resources. My interest in earth sciences is a long story! It all started during my childhood, when I collected rocks, plants and insects that I would bring home to study under my kid microscope. With the support of my parents and professors I was always challenged to learn more and thus asked many questions about all topics related to the planet system. The Earth is intriguing as Read More
25th International Geophysics Conference
The 25th International Geophysics Conference 'Interpreting the Past, Discovering the Future' was held at the Convention Centre in Adelaide between 20 and 25 August 2016, including 3 days of workshops. This year three organisations (ASEG, PESA and AIG) were involved in the organisation and coordination of the event. The venue was well-suited with meeting rooms located around from the Exhibition Hall allowing a friendly and engaging atmosphere. And the food was lovely! It was a Read More
Update on the National Rock Garden, Canberra
The National Rock Garden (NRG) will be a unique facility on a four hectare site on the north-western shore of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, an initiative designed to celebrate the diversity of rocks that contribute to Australia’s landscapes, culture, history and prosperity. The NRG is located in a 'science education precinct' adjacent to Yarramundi Reach, and includes the Lindsay Prior Arboretum and the National Arboretum. The NRG will integrate into the overall development objectives Read More
Notes from the Community and Environment Society Chair – September 2016
Welcome to the Community and Environment (C&E) Society newsletter, containing an overview of recent activity in the C&E space. Please take the time to visit the C&E section of the AusIMM Bulletin website and the articles featured in this newsletter. It has been a busy first half of the year for the Committee, activities have included: Progressing the discussion of consideration of Community and Environmental issues into the JORC dialogue, including a breakfast panel Read More
AusIMM Illawarra Branch Presidential Dinner
The AusIMM Illawarra Branch held its annual dinner on Wednesday 31 August at the Illawarra TAFE restaurant. This restaurant is a training facility for hospitality students at the TAFE. Features of the night (besides the meal and refreshments!) included: a summary of branch activities by Branch Chair Rod Haselden student reports on four field trips (partly sponsored by the Branch), covering geology, mining and metallurgy/materials presentation of AusIMM membership awards from Read More
Mentoring resources from the Health and Safety Society
An initiative coming out of the AusIMM Health and Safety (H&S) Society Committee should be of interest to a broad range of members. The committee are participating in pulling together a mentoring pack to provide health and safety information to members who are interested or currently participating in a mentor/mentee relationship. Mentoring is a 'hot topic', as demonstrated by Dr Ali Burston’s successful webinar series run in August where she highlighted the value of mentoring – to Read More
Have your say on key decisions regarding AusIMM’s Charter and By-Laws review
A review of the AusIMM's constitution – its Charter and By-Laws – was commissioned by the AusIMM Board in late 2014. The review taskforce has been working methodically towards recommendations and the drafting of a proposed new constitution that will be presented to AusIMM members for endorsement in the coming year. After discussion at the AusIMM Congress meetings in 2015 and 2016, and the release of two rounds of detailed discussion papers, the review is now focusing on the key Read More
Natural landscape features incorporated into mine rehabilitation at Mangoola mine
Each year a Scientific Committee is brought together to support the Tom Farrell Institute with their planning of an annual mine rehabilitation forum in the Hunter Valley. During the Sixth Annual Mined Land Rehabilitation Forum this year, site inspections of Mangoola mine and Hunter Valley operations were included. At Mangoola, participants observed rehabilitation works in progress, including the handling and re-use of topsoil (see photo) as part of the process of ultimately Read More
AusIMM C&E Society provide industry input on review of MEA course
  During August 2016, C&E Society Committee members Corinne Unger (Environmental Consultant specialising in mine rehabilitation and closure planning) and Stuart Winchester (Principal GeoEnvironmental Scientist – Energy and Resources, GHD) participated in a two day review workshop in Sydney for the course ‘Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining’ (SEAM) with Simit Raval (Lecturer, UNSW Mining Engineering; Co-Director, Laboratory for Imaging of the Mining Environment UNSW), Michael Read More