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  • WA Gov amends mining regulations to support resources sector during COVID-19

    The Western Australian Government has amended the Mining Regulations 1981 to support stakeholders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the revised regulations, tenement holders can now apply for expendit... more
  • Draft South West Supply Chain Strategy released for comment

    Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has invited Industry and the public to have their say on the draft South West Supply Chain (SWSC) Strategy. The SWSC Strategy will identify future road, ra... more
  • iron ore

    Global iron ore consumption to drop by 2.8%

    The impact of COVID-19 on the mining industry has been strained by the struggling global automotive industry, which consumes approximately 17 per cent of iron ore globally. Global light vehicle sales fell by... more
  • laws

    Australia’s toughest mine safety laws take effect

    Australia’s toughest mine safety laws take effect from today with executives facing up to 20 years’ jail if Queensland resources sector workers die because of their criminal negligence. Mines Minister Dr... more
efficiency

Gold miner joins mission to accelerate energy efficiency in mining

Newcrest is the latest sponsor to come on board to support the important work of not-for-profit global communication hub, the Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC). CEEC CEO Alison Keogh said she is excited about the potential flow-on effects to industry that the sponsorship could bring. “Collaborating with sponsors such as Newcrest and others allows CEEC to be a catalyst for kick-starting more innovative and sustainable approaches to mining and mineral processing,” Ms Keogh said. “Ultimately, the shared goal of CEEC, our sponsors and everyone who accesses our free and independent reso... more
Latrobe

New authority takes on Latrobe Valley mine rehab challenge

The rehabilitation of the Latrobe Valley’s brown coal mines will from today be steered by the Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority and the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS). The new body will ensure locals continue to be informed and involved in mine rehabilitation. It will oversee the implementation of the LVRRS and contribute to safe, stable and sustainable rehabilitation solutions. The LVRRS provides a blueprint to progress planning for rehabilitation of the region’s coal mines, based on learnings from geotechnical and water studies. It sets out actions to address issues around ... more
exports

Mining and energy exports are on track to reach a record

According to the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly, resources and energy exports are still on track to reach a record $293 billion in 2019/20, slightly down from the $299 billion expected pre-COVID.  Iron ore demand has almost fully recovered in China and it remains on track to be first single Australian commodity to break the $100 billion mark in annual export value. Furthermore, on current trends, Australia is expected to overtake China next year as the world’s top gold producing country to reach $30 billion in exports. The report also found mining directly accounted for 25 per cent of the growth ... more
tailings

Partnership to improve mining tailings management

A new initiative that aims to improve global tailings management has been launched through a partnership between The University of Western Australia, Rio Tinto and BHP. Over five years, Rio Tinto and BHP will invest $4 million ($2 million each) in training, research, education and practice to support tailings and waste management facilities. The Future Tails initiative includes leading-edge training programs to build talent and capability; publications that summarise state-of-the-art tailings analysis, design, operation and management; and new research collaborations with industry to drive further innovati... more

South Australia’s mining sector embraces low-carbon transition

The low-carbon transition is coming to the mining sector and coming fast, and the regions that embrace it will gain the most. Last week’s Copper to the World Online conference in Adelaide, South Australia occurred in the home of both the renewable energy revolution and the world’s key copper belts. South Australia is the world’s clean energy proving ground, like nowhere else. South Australia is now operating at more than 55 per cent variable renewable energy and on track for 85 per cent by 2025. It’s the first gigawatt-scale power system in the world that will soon be able to satisfy all its de... more

Core Innovation Hub to soon be established in Adelaide

South Australia’s energy and resources sector is expected to benefit from the establishment of the CORE Innovation Hub: South Australia. Building on CORE’s success in creating a diverse community of start-ups, SME’s, and industry partners in Western Australia, CORE will be partnering with the government of South Australia to bring its energy innovation hub to Adelaide. Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the partnership will provide opportunities for the energy and resources sectors to work together and grow industry capabilities. “As part of the Government’s Economic a... more