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Six talking points shaping mining in 2020
What impact will the looming skills shortage have on the sector? How will leaders deal with the globally significant issue of tailings? Where will the next big discovery come from? And how will technology continue to change the way we operate? We explore some of the talking points we think will be top of mind for people in the sector in 2020. Introduction: setting the scene On a global level, in January the World Economic Outlook report projected global growth to increase modestly Read More
South Australia pioneers data-driven exploration initiative
Can open data and $250 000 unearth the next Olympic Dam? Feature image: Author Holly Bridgwater at the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library. Photo: Roy Vandervegt. The South Australian Marshall Liberal government will be the first government globally to host a $250 000 crowdsourced open data competition to fast-track the discovery of mineral deposits in South Australia. ExploreSA: The Gawler Challenge partners with open innovation platform, Unearthed, in a Read More
Nationally recognised geoscience teacher focuses on real-world experience for students
A Perth geoscientist who is taking science out of the classroom and turning it into a hands-on experience – particularly for remote area students – has been praised for her nomination among this year’s Australian of the Year awards in Canberra. Ms Suzy Urbaniak was Western Australia’s nominee in the Australian of the Year – Local Heroes award category. The Local Hero award acknowledges extraordinary contributions made by Australians in their local community – with Ms Urbaniak Read More
The next generation of mineral processing simulation
With just 18 months left of its current funding term, CRC ORE is actively educating and cooperating with its participants in the use of its unique solutions. The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) is a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Australian Federal Government and the global minerals industry. CRC ORE is part of Australia’s CRC program, which supports industry-led collaborations between researchers, industry and the community to address Read More
Placing people at the centre of mine closure
The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at The University of Queensland (UQ) has launched a website and online library dedicated to the social aspects of mine closure. CSRM Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Sandy Worden said to her knowledge, this was the only repository of its kind in the world. ‘We are committed to placing people at the centre of mine closure and this is the first of a series of projects we are undertaking to do just that. The eLibrary gives Read More
Space robotics company targets mining exploration in Australia
A Canadian space robotics company that relocated to South Australia this year has completed the first trial of its autonomous atmospheric satellites ahead of its first commercial launch in 2020. Lux Aerobot is planning a fleet of atmospheric satellites 30km above Australia to capture data for mining, precision agriculture and defence. It already has an agreement with mining company Oz Minerals to use hyperspectral technology to scope out exploration sites in remote Read More
Recent Articles

Book review: Sludge – Disaster on Victoria’s Goldfields
Book by Susan Lawrence and Peter Davies What was the environmental impact of historical gold mining on Victoria’s rivers? This is the question that Sludge answers, a book born out of an Australian Research Council-funded academic collaboration between researchers from the disciplines of industrial archaeology, history, geomorphology and environmental chemistry. While there is a plethora of published works on the mining history of Victoria, these largely focus on the economic, Read More
Book review: Posting to Mongolia – A Personal Perspective
Book by Andrew Cuthbertson Committee members of the AusIMM Social & Environment Society were recently offered the opportunity to review a book written by Andrew Cuthbertson titled: Posting to Mongolia – A Personal Perspective. I jumped at the chance to relive my own three years living in Mongolia. I naively thought the review would be a quick fact-check to make sure that the author had reported on more than the shenanigans of expats in country, and managed to account for the Read More
In-house renewable energy could be a boon for South African mines
Exploring the opportunities afforded by mine sites generating at least some of their own power, with a particular focus on the potential in South Africa With their recent profitability buoyed by price improvements in certain commodities, some South African miners may consider investing part of their windfall gains to create their own renewable energy generating capacity. Encouraging comments by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, at February’s Mining Indaba Read More
Introducing our 2020 Education Endowment Fund Scholarship recipients
Every year the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) Board of Trustees award the annual EEF Scholarships, including the prestigious Sir Frank Espie/Rio Tinto Leadership Award and EEF Premium Scholarships. The application process starts the previous year and students from all over Australia who are studying a minerals-related degree are encouraged to apply. The core theme of the EEF program is to identify future industry leaders among AusIMM’s student members and ensure they are offered Read More
Australian Geoscience Council announces Roy Woodall Medal
The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Roy Woodall Medal. The Medal seeks to recognise scientific excellence in both mineral exploration and the documentation of world-class mineral deposits. Roy Woodall. This award honours the extensive contribution to scientific excellence in Mineral Geoscience that Roy Woodall AO FAusIMM has made over his lifetime. Roy Woodall’s high scientific standards, innovative approach to exploration and use of the Read More
Social licence and digitisation require new thinking
The industry agrees that both social licence and digital transformation are vital, but implementing a successful strategy that encompasses both these areas is not necessarily obvious. A new way of thinking about these issues is required for success now and into the future. Mine managers spend lots of time trying to find ways of delivering better outcomes around social licence and digital transformation without losing focus on increasing the bottom line. Often these issues seem to be Read More
ICMM’s Integrated Mine Closure: Good Practice Guide – then and now
The ICMM’s most recent closure guide is intended to support ICMM members, mining companies and regulators in delivering a positive legacy that balances environmental protection and social wellbeing with financial performance The vision of the International Council on Mining and Metals is for mining and metals to be a respected industry, trusted to operate responsibly and contribute to sustainable development. The industry's approach and practices toward managing issues of importance Read More
Introducing our 2020 AusIMM Award recipients
The AusIMM Awards have been recognising contributions to AusIMM 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 members are eligible to nominate and be nominated for Read More
Obituary: Dr John Graham Reid
1947-2019 Dr John Reid. Dr John Reid FAusIMM died suddenly on Sunday 8 September 2019 at home in Brisbane. John had well over 40 years’ experience as a metallurgical engineer. He was just 71 years old when he passed away. John Reid the professional Since 1998, Dr Reid had been the principal of Reid Resource Consulting Pty Ltd, specialising in due diligence studies for IPOs and buy-outs, undertaking feasibility studies, evaluating capital and operating costs, and providing Read More
Obituary: Geoff Stewart OAM
1930-2019 Geoff Stewart OAM. Geoff Stewart was born in Tatura, northern Victoria in depression-ridden 1930. He left school at age 16 and became an apprentice fitter and turner, then a toolmaker at the South Australian School of Mines. Early employment in heavy steel manufacture and the fabrication of mining equipment led him to become the owner-operator of an earthmoving business and ultimately into the mining industry where he found his niche. A man of remarkable Read More
Obituary: Dr Harry McDougal Parker
1946-2019 Harry Parker. Harry McDougal Parker was born in New York on 7 February, 1946. Harry’s youth was spent in the outdoors while his father worked for the National Park Service (NPS) as a ranger and naturalist at the Grand Tetons, Crater Lake and Yosemite, as well as a stint at the NPS offices in Virginia. Harry was introduced to geology by his mother, Katharine, who had an Bachelor in Geology from Radcliffe and a Masters in Religious Education from Union Read More
Obituary: Chris Roberts
1948-2019 Chris Roberts was the first born to Wynn and Rosalie Roberts in Melbourne on September 1, 1948 and raised on their bush block at Montrose at the foot of Mount Dandenong where he attended the local government primary and secondary schools. Being the first of five children, the early leadership role in the family helped him with his role as prefect at Lilydale High School and later in his working life. Chris Roberts. His love of the bush and fixing old Landrovers Read More