There is no doubt we are entering a new era of strong growth for the resources sector in our region.
There is increased investment across several commodities including zinc, lithium and gold, and a noticeable pickup in exploration expenditure and activity. Our own 2017 Professional Employment Survey showed a clear uptick across Australasia, and there has been significantly increased engagement and participation from delegates and companies at AusIMM conferences. In fact, attendance numbers are up by as much as 30 per cent at some of our major events.
The time is right for AusIMM to push forward with our Future Directions strategy as announced in the October AusIMM Bulletin editorial. The cornerstone of this strategy is for AusIMM to be the ‘Trusted Voice of Resources Professionals’.
In a world where the pace of change is rapid and there are increased social expectations for the mining industry, this means AusIMM being a clear voice of credibility and authority that has influence. As we approach our 125 year anniversary in 2018, AusIMM as the peak body is ready to re-assert our relevance.
AusIMM will lead the big conversations about our industry and raise the profile of the critical work that professionals do to drive Australasia’s resources industry, which underpins our nations’ prosperity.