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February 2019
The AusIMM Awards 2019
Recognising and celebrating professional excellence The AusIMM Awards have been recognising contributions to the Institute and professional excellence in the resources sector for more than 80 years. First awarded in 1935, AusIMM Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to best practice professionalism. The awards help to promote and raise the overall standard of professional practice and send a clear message to our communities that we are committed to the highest standards. All AusIMM Read More
February 2019
What time is it on the recruitment clock?
A specialist mining recruiter's opinion of where we sit in the mining cycle, and some observations on the current state of play Many readers of the Bulletin are longstanding resources professionals who have seen the ups and downs of at least one boom and bust. Most of us have lived through the last decade and recall only too well the deep and debilitating effects of the recent savage downturn. Most recall – perhaps with a wry smile – the heady excesses of the last boom. The excesses of the Read More
February 2019
Profile: Melanie McCarthy – investing in frontline management
Melanie McCarthy understands the benefits of investing in people for the prosperity of both the business and the community  Eight years ago, Mandalay Resources invested in executive coaching for its Costerfield leadership team – Melanie McCarthy was one of the decision makers and one of the beneficiaries. Named 2018’s Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources at the Women in Resources National Awards, Melanie is general manager for Mandalay’s gold–antimony mine near Heathcote, 126 km Read More
February 2019
Minimising future water management liabilities in mining operations
Terence Jeyaretnam discusses mine closures through mistakes he's seen in the past and what can be done in the future for water management during operations and post-closure  I have reviewed many mine closure and rehabilitation plans for operations in Australia and internationally in a wide range of environments across most commodities. Despite this, I continue to be surprised by how often significant deficiencies are noted in the planning and provisioning of closure and post-closure water Read More
February 2019
How might we attract more professionals to a career in the resources sector?
We asked some of our resource professionals: how might we attract more professionals to a career in the resources sector? Ben Fitzsimmons MAusIMM Media and Community, Hume Coal [caption id="attachment_14902" align="alignleft" width="150"] Ben Fitzsimmons[/caption] The mining industry is a marvellously challenging industry that provides professionals the opportunity to travel the globe and manage some of the world’s largest machinery in and amongst amazing feats of engineering and Read More
February 2019
Leading with integrity
Perspectives on leadership, integrity and ethics - reflecting on a 38-year career in the mining industry As one progresses through one’s career, the ability to positively influence people to achieve a great outcome becomes progressively more important. This influencing is not confined to direct reports but also includes peers, senior personnel and other industry stakeholders. Here, I will discuss what integrity is, how it fits into the leadership tool kit (particularly in the Australian Read More
Recent Articles

February 2019
President’s editorial: A future and people-focused AusIMM
AusIMM has been an important part of my life for almost 30 years and I am very honoured to have been elected president for 2019. I am looking forward to meeting and engaging with all of our members across Australia and the globe – those who I already know and those that I am yet to meet – as well as all resources professionals. The heart of AusIMM is our people and one of our key strengths is our diverse and multidisciplinary membership, which allows us to work together, learn from each Read More
February 2019
CEO’s editorial: Capitalising on our strengths and delivering value
2019 is off to a strong start following on from our 125-year anniversary celebrations. As an organisation with a remarkable history, we are continuing to build the foundations to ensure the long-term success of the Institute. 2019 will see AusIMM continue to build our brand and reputation as a more inclusive, relevant and contemporary organisation. To support this, we are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Member Engagement Manager as well as a new staff member based in Western Read More
February 2019
Country Snapshot: South Africa
A well-known mining nation with a significant mineral endowment, rising costs, decreased commodity prices and political uncertainty are major barriers to South Africa's once world-leading levels of production [caption id="attachment_14921" align="alignright" width="359"] South Africa - key facts.[/caption] South Africa is home to more than 50 million people and has a well-established large-scale mining industry dating back to the 19th century. Despite the mining industry bringing in Read More
February 2019
A safer, more productive future for underground mines
Autonomous drone technology is becoming more valuable to the world of mining due to the latest technology developed by Emesent Developed by former researchers from CSIRO’s Data61, autonomous drone company Emesent has developed world-leading ‘Hovermap’ technology that automates the collection of valuable data in underground areas that are too dangerous or difficult for people to survey or navigate, such as stopes or ore passes in mines. Drones installed with Hovermap can be deployed in Read More
February 2019
The new statutory position of Ventilation Officer in Queensland
What does it mean and what are the implications for the industry in Australia? On 1 November 2018, the Queensland Parliament passed new legislation establishing the statutory position of ventilation officer (VO) in Queensland underground metalliferous mines (the position has in fact been re-established; it was discontinued in 1999). There were also significant changes regarding ventilation officers in coal mines, but this article specifically addresses metalliferous mines. The Read More
February 2019
Social licence to operate: regaining community trust
The modern resources industry values sustainability and community wellbeing within their paradigms, but this commitment has not necessarily been well communicated – particularly to those outside the sector We need SLTO for new projects to proceed AusIMM has published many articles addressing the difficulties in obtaining a social licence to operate (SLTO) for new projects, as well as social licence to close or cease mining. There has also been serious discussion about the absence (either Read More
February 2019
Pike River Mine drift re-entry on track
After eight months of intensive planning and risk assessment, the New Zealand Government Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry, the Hon Andrew Little, approved a plan in October 2018 to re-enter the Pike River Mine drift The Pike River Mine explosion on 19 November 2010 claimed the lives of 29 men and the subsequent explosions resulted in the mine being sealed. There are two distinct areas of the mine: the mine drift and the mine workings. The drift is a 2.3 km access tunnel from Read More
February 2019
What can machine learning do for geoscience?
Machine learning is generating a lot of hype across many industries - including resources. This article provides some context to the hype and discusses ways that machine learning could be used in geoscience I originally posted a version of the following article on LinkedIn and titled it ‘10 things machine learning can do for geoscience – no. 7 will shock you!’ It was an intentional, tongue-in-cheek clickbait title to reflect that this is probably the current perception of machine learning Read More
February 2019
The future of innovation in mining
We have no idea what new challenges the future holds, but we do know the resources sector needs to be prepared for innovation According to 1950s sci-fi predictions, we should have colonised the Moon by now and be driving flying cars. But we haven’t; cars don’t fly, and of all the fanciful futuristic predictions made of the era we now live in, one of the most impactful innovations to take place was almost completely unanticipated – the internet. Innovation takes place to adapt to challenges Read More
February 2019
Book Review: Australia’s Nickel Adventure by Ross Louthean and Carl Knox-Robinson
[caption id="attachment_14824" align="alignright" width="222"] Australia's Nickel Adventure.[/caption] This is a remarkable and unusual book that chronicles the history of Australia’s most volatile (and to many, including myself, most interesting) mining commodity. This is an industry that has soared to great heights on more than one occasion but has also been written off many times. Today, at the brink of the Electric Vehicle revolution, there is much optimism that it may be about to Read More
February 2019
The Blinman Heritage Mine
The story of a 19th century mine and its legacy in the small township of Blinman, South Australia The Blinman Heritage Mine is located in Blinman in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia, some 500 kilometres north of Adelaide. The town of Blinman is situated on the Blinman Diapir. The diapir covers an area of approximately 44 square kilometres and consists of a mass of brecciated and crumpled sedimentary rock, believed to be of the Proterozoic Willouran era, which is intruded into Read More
February 2019
Mining automation human-systems integration – CMOC-Northparkes case study
Automation offers the resources sector great potential for improvements in productivity and safety Automation has the potential to allow the joint human–automation system to achieve levels of performance and safety that are otherwise impossible. Examples of automation introduced to mining more recently include: software for mine planning and enterprise optimisation; pedestrian proximity detection systems interlocked with underground continuous mining machines; automatic face alignment and Read More