Mining to help South Australian economy weather COVID-19 storm
South Australia’s mining sector is well placed to play a crucial role in helping the state’s economy off the floor at the conclusion of the COVID-19 crisis. According to figures from the South Australian Chamber of Mining and Energy, royalties paid to the state government are projected to reach $325 million for the 2019-20 financial year, up from $299 million the previous financial year and $207 million in 2015-16. Jobs in the sector have also grown to reach 27 200 direct and Read More
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