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October 2016
Decision-making under adversity
Learning how the brain interprets and processes stressful situations can help the decision-making process in high-pressure environments We initially became interested in decision-making as a topic because of insights and evidence from the gender diversity debate. Organisations with both women and men on the leadership team in relatively equal numbers perform better on a range of measures including profitability, productivity, risk, customer satisfaction and staff engagement. And the Read More
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October 2016
Mine closure – are we using the right drivers?
Moving beyond environmental liability to achieve sustainable social and economic outcomes Mining and resource projects are a temporary land use developed and operated under regulated tenure or licencing that must be relinquished once resource exploitation is complete. Generally relinquishment is regulated for safety, environmental protection and remediation of operational impacts. But under contemporary corporate social responsibility frameworks, many mining companies are now also seeking Read More
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October 2016
High-energy blasting delivers mining and milling improvements at Mt Rawdon
A case study that explores the potential for increased mill throughout using high-energy explosives The Vistis™ Bulk System is a range of high-energy bulk explosives for use in hard rock metal mines. Vistis produces over three-and-a-half times the detonation pressure and triple the relative bulk strength of ANFO. The energy levels generated, and the speed with which they are released, delivers optimal fragmentation that reduces overall operating costs either through pattern expansion, Read More
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October 2016
Western Australia’s emerging uranium industry
An overview of the uranium projects currently being planned and assessed in Western Australia There are currently three mines producing uranium in Australia: the Ranger mine in the Northern Territory and the Olympic Dam and Four Mile operations in South Australia. In Western Australia, there is an emerging uranium industry with several projects well-positioned to commence when market conditions are favourable. In late 2008, a ban on uranium mining in WA was removed by a newly elected Read More
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October 2016
Solving poverty through market linkages
Establishing a positive and lasting relationship between mine companies and communities through economic empowerment As a result of a livelihood program supported by Base Titanium Ltd, a Kenyan farmer is able to make more money, feed their family and support their children in school. In return, by including the community – giving them purpose and providing them the tools to get themselves out of poverty – a mining company’s community development program will be more likely to succeed. Read More
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October 2016
What are appropriate rehabilitation standards?
Defining achievable rehabilitation standards will ensure that the legacy from mine sites will not become a burden on stakeholders Mine rehabilitation has been covered by an increasing number of newspaper articles in recent years showing that the topic is one of growing public concern (eg Slezak and Robertson, 2016). These articles suggest there is a growing sense of unease amongst the public that the industry is not taking rehabilitation as seriously as it should. Recent legislation such Read More
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The Australian and New Zealand gold industry – going all in
An overview of the current state of the gold sector, and the opportunities and challenges it faces Gold is hot. Reported all-in sustaining costs (AISC) indicate that strong margins prevail for the vast majority of Australian and New Zealand gold producers in 2016. The outlook for miners will continue to be positive if gold prices and exchange rates remain around present levels into 2017. However, in the longer term, significant challenges to the sustainability and longevity of the local Read More
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Central West Met Fest report
The inaugural gathering of the metallurgists of the Central West of NSW was a resounding success, with 42 attendees at the event. Cowal, Cadia and Northparkes were well represented. Six presentations were given on site-based initiatives to improve overall concentrator performance, and, despite the initial nervousness of the presenters, everyone did a fantastic job. Cadia metallurgists Joshua Bubnich, Amanda Rice and Matthew Wilkens spoke on the Concentrator 2 Jameson Cell upgrade, the Read More
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Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards 2017 – nominations now open
The Women in Resources National Awards is a partnership between the Minerals Council of Australia, each State Council and is also supported by various state WIMnet branches. The awards profile women in the Australian resources sector, providing ambassadors and role models as an aid to the attraction and retention of women in the resources sector. The Australian resources sector has a goal of at least 20 per cent women in non-traditional roles by 2020. The Tasmanian awards are jointly run Read More
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WIMnetSA and AusIMM Eyre Peninsular Branch’s ‘Strive to Survive’ event
The Women in Mining Network, in conjunction with the AusIMM Eyre Peninsular Branch, held a very successful networking event ‘Strive to Survive’ on 9 November 2016. With Whyalla being in the focus of the nation in the past few months, three very inspirational individuals shared their success stories and passed on their inspirations. The event was hosted by Gavin Hobart (WIMnet committee member and General Manager of Mining Development at Arrium Mining) and focussed on the stories of Read More
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Why shouldn’t you join a WIMnet committee?
As a naturally highly introverted person, I learnt at a young age that discomfort was a necessity for me to develop. I spent most of my childhood with my nose in fantasy books (no matter where I was, much to my family’s chagrin at times), and it wasn’t until I started working in hospitality that I realised that I needed to be uncomfortable to achieve things – even if the achievement was something as simple as having a conversation with someone I wasn’t familiar with. It’s been almost ten Read More
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WIMnet Illawarra’s annual event looks at unconscious bias and workplace safety
On 18 October, WIMnet Illawarra Branch held its annual event titled ‘Unconscious Bias and Workplace Safety’. This year, the event had a great representation of both male and female attendees across many facets of the minerals industry in Illawarra and from surrounding areas. Professor Robert Woods was invited to discuss his research findings on female versus male success in the workplace and the effects of low-level sexism on the workplace environment. Prof Woods pointed out how the lack Read More
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WIMnet Conference Grant attendee report – Ninth Open Pit Operators’ Conference
This is an extract from Rayleen Hargreaves' presentation, 'Measuring the effectiveness of change through best practice reconciliation', at the Ninth Open Pit Operators' Conference (OPO 2016) held in Kalgoorle, Western Australia from 15-16 November 2016. Rayleen was the recipient of the WIMnet Conference Grant for OPO 2016. [caption id="attachment_9211" align="alignleft" width="252"] Morrie Goodz and Rayleen Hargreaves[/caption] Even with the cyclic nature of mining, the bottom line is Read More
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Feedback: Community and Environmental aspects within JORC and VALMIN
Overview Earlier this year a working group was formed within the AusIMM Community and Environment (C&E) Society to improve the awareness of community and environment issues across disciplines in the context of JORC / VALMIN reporting.  Further details on the background and formation of this group are available here. This group has been working on a set of draft FAQs to assist Competent Persons (CPs) in the preparation of Public Reports in accordance with the JORC and VALMIN Read More
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The AusIMM Adelaide Branch 42nd Essington Lewis Memorial Lecture
$50 trillion in new investment needed to match global energy demand in next 20 years, says Rio Tinto Director Dr Megan Clark AC Global energy markets will need around $50 trillion in new investment to fund expected growth in energy demand over the next two decades, according to one of Australia’s pre-eminent business and industry experts, Dr Megan Clark AC. Such investment would be needed to fund an energy market expected to grow by 40 per cent through until 2035 – with that higher Read More
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AusIMM Central Victoria Branch and WIMnet Victoria’s ‘Young Professionals In Focus’
The inaugural 'Young Professionals in Focus' (YPIF) event was held on Friday 28 October at the Capital Theatre in the central Victorian city of Bendigo. Hosted jointly by the AusIMM Central Victoria Branch (CVB) and WIMnet Victoria, the event was well attended by 70 people from many parts of Victoria.  Attendees included a diverse group of students, young professionals through to senior managers, across many mining industry disciplines. Simon Hitchman, Chair of the AusIMM CVB said Read More
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Notes from the ConSoc Chair
The Consultants Society committee was pleased to see 11 strong nominees for the five committee vacancies for the 2017 to 2018 period. The results will soon be available for the new committee to take on its role from January 2017 with the new incoming chair, Trivindren Naidoo. I would like to thank all on the committee for their efforts over the past term, and in particular I would like to thank Peter McCarthy. Peter was the inaugural chair of the Society upon its formation four years Read More
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Launch of the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program handbooks
One of the resource programs of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry. This program 'promotes sustainable development and industry self-regulation through the proactive adoption of leading practice principles. The program was launched in 2006 and elements updated in 2016. The underpinning principle of the program is to support the adoption of best practice approaches, attitudes and Read More