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October 2019
Current challenges and opportunities for the minerals industry
This article is based on a distinguished lecture delivered at an AusIMM Melbourne Branch lunch in June 2019 The greatest challenge our industry faces today is the growing public antipathy to mining projects, exacerbated by events such as tailings dam failures and facilitated by social media.  This challenge can be overcome by changing the way we operate through technical innovation and through better two-way communication with our community. We can accelerate the process of Read More
October 2019
Country snapshot: Russia
Spanning 11 time zones and two continents, Russia has an impressive endowment of natural resources and is a major player in the global sector Following the disbandment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR or Soviet Union) in 1991, Russia as we now know it came to fruition. Previously one of 15 bodies comprising the USSR, the disintegration of the Soviet Union saw Russia become an independent state. Russia is one of few countries that are located across multiple Read More
October 2019
Tips for a future leader
As the world changes, leaders also need to adapt to ensure that they’re effective in a drastically different landscape. By being emotionally intelligent, comfortable with change, and someone who develops those around them, future leaders will drive performance in their teams.  The current work climate is changing at a rapid pace. Over the past five years, we have seen an increase in automation and technological implementation, which is altering the way we work in dramatic ways. Read More
October 2019
Forecasts of a lithium ‘glut’ are far from the truth
There has been much talk around an apparent 'oversupply' of lithium, including at the recent Diggers and Dealers forum in Kalgoorlie. Here, veteran Australian lithium expert Adrian Griffin puts this talk into context. Many equity market and lithium industry analysts have seized on recent statistics for lithium supply and demand as indicative of long-term market trends. They see the rapid increase in hard-rock production, combined with a slower-than-anticipated uptake of electric Read More
October 2019
A proactive approach to maintaining social licence
This article is a summary of a presentation delivered at the AusIMM Social Licence to Operate Forum in Melbourne, May 2019 The current social licence paradigm Social licence used to apply only to the mining and oil and gas sectors, but now plays a pivotal role across a large number of industries: banking, health and aged care, live animal exports, agriculture, tobacco, sugar, palm oil, gambling, technology and social media, pharmaceutical, infrastructure and transport.  There Read More
October 2019
Florence Drummond: A voice to be heard
Florence Drummond is determined to build connections and create conversations that showcase Indigenous involvement in the mining sector Articulate and ambitious, Florence Drummond is passionate about what she is doing and where she is going, but she already knows what she is most proud of. ‘Creating this platform to give visibility and voice to Indigenous people. Full stop,’ she says, and there is no missing the certainty in her voice. ‘This platform’ is Indigenous Women in Mining Read More
Recent Articles

Billions of reasons to be in Melbourne this October
In one month, Australia’s largest mining event will attract investors with billions in their pockets to Melbourne for four days of learning, unparalleled networking and deal-making at the sixth annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) taking place in Melbourne from 29-31 October. Early numbers are suggesting that more than 400 mining companies with market caps ranging from $2 million to $33 billion will be vying for the attention of investors with a cumulative total Read More
October 2019
Obituary: Dr Anthony Richard ‘Tony’ Norman
1959-2019 Dr Anthony Richard 'Tony' Norman Tony Norman, a well-known and respected international exploration consultant and expert structural geologist, died suddenly and unexpectedly at his Melbourne home in May. Born and raised in Sydney, Tony embodied a strong family ethos and displayed much energy, practicality and intellect in everything he pursued. Like many of his peers, Tony developed his love of being in the outdoors as a Boy Scout: fishing, bushwalking and mountaineering Read More
October 2019
How the JORC Code affects mining finance
As the mining sector continues on an upward trajectory, miners and explorers have an important imperative to assure investors and stakeholders that their Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve estimates can be trusted. Since we cannot totally escape the risk and uncertainty related to minerals projects, more transparent, consistent and balanced views of technical confidence will better inform both internal and external stakeholders, particularly investors, about the expected risk in the Read More
October 2019
Obituary: Michael Oley
1944-2019 Michael Oley After graduating in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Michael Oley joined the CRA (now Rio Tinto) Group at its operations in Broken Hill, NSW. He was based there eight years, although he spent extended periods at Weipa, North Queensland and Palabora, South Africa.  In May 1975, Michael joined the corporate consulting group of Roan Consolidated Mines (RCM) at their head office in Lusaka, Zambia. RCM operated a number of copper Read More
October 2019
Obituary: Don Morley
1940-2019 Don Morley. Donald Marshall Morley was born in Brisbane on 11 February 1940. Don’s mother, Evelyn (nee Marshall) died in 1948 and his father – to enable him to continue his own career and the travel that it involved – enrolled Don as a boarder at Brisbane Boys College. Don successfully completed his secondary education in 1957. It was no surprise Don decided on a career in mining as his father, Ian Morley ISO, had a long and distinguished career in the industry including Read More
October 2019
Book review: Society of Economic Geologists: Guidebook Series Volume 60
Precious Metal Epithermal and Porphyry Deposits of the Maricunga Belt, and Copper-Silver IOCG Deposits of Northern Chile Edited by Borden Putnam, Rael Lipson, K Brock Riedell and Ryan Taylor The publication of short-form SEGF student field trip notes (undertaken in January 2019, led by William X Chavez and Erich Petersen) covering specific geological domains with mines and prospects is a welcome and innovative product for industry professionals and researchers. The format is Read More
October 2019
Five problems electronic blasting experts can solve
In a highly competitive and increasingly scrutinised operating environment, mining companies need immediate performance enhancements based on proven principles and reliable technology. Electronic blasting, when deployed by skilled professionals, can deliver measurable benefits.   In a new landscape where efficiency is the gold standard, mining leaders across the world are looking to decrease inputs, increase outputs, and raise the level of safety. Questions are also swirling Read More
October 2019
Modern tin mining and processing at Melaleuca, Port Davey, Tasmania
A unique story of a small-scale mining operation in the remote reaches of South West Tasmania  The first recorded discovery of alluvial tin (cassiterite) in South West Tasmania was near Point Eric, Cox Bight in 1891. In 1935, cassiterite was discovered on the Melaleuca plain (near Port Davey) and the deposits were exploited by a succession of small-scale operations. In 1941, the lease was purchased by Charles King who worked the deposit alone until 1945 when he was joined by his Read More
October 2019
The importance of the flow of data across the mining value chain
Digital innovation is critical for mining companies looking to gain a competitive advantage. How might this innovation be deployed in drilling and blasting?  In today’s market, digital transformation in mining companies has become a business necessity and is key to maintaining a competitive edge. By 2021, companies investing in digital innovation as a single integrated business process will outperform competitors by 20 per cent on profitability. Yet, a recent poll found that 37 per Read More
October 2019
Delving deeper into deep earth imaging
CSIRO’s Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform continues to lead the way in conducting vital research into the imaging, conceptualisation and prediction of resources Since its inception in 2017, CSIRO’s Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform (DEI FSP) has conducted fundamental research in the imaging, conceptualisation and prediction of water, energy and mineral resources. In one of the largest recent recruitment campaigns in the earth sciences in Australia, a Read More
October 2019
All quiet on the western front – a WMC retrospective
What lessons for the future can be learned by looking back at the remarkable story of an iconic Australian mining company?  Building a culture that fosters creative problem-solving is a hallmark of success in start-up businesses. In the early stages a can-do attitude is vital, together with a healthy dose of optimism and self-belief. Shortage of capital drives leanness. Multi-tasking, shared responsibility and taking risks can, if things go well, eventually lead to innovation and Read More
October 2019
Educating the next generation of geoscientists
Following on from its successful NExUS graduate program, the University of Adelaide is looking to expand its offering to Honours students studying mineral geosciences  Since 2016, the University of Adelaide has had a national presence in the delivery of graduate level coursework in mineral exploration through its National Exploration Undercover School, or NExUS. The three-week NExUS summer school program is well regarded by industry, providing high-level training in mineral Read More