• Mineral exploration approved at Lake Gairdner

    The South Australian Government has finalised approvals to permit mineral exploration at Lake Gairdner - a large endorheic salt lake which is located 150 kilometres north-west of Port Augusta. The former Lab... more
  • Labor plans to base Australia’s Future Mines Centre in Perth

    The Australian Labor Party has announced that, if elected, they would make Perth the home base for the Australian Future Mines (AFM) centre, aiming to generate new jobs and kick-start the discovery of new mines... more
  • World’s largest airborne electromagnetic survey reveals mineral potential in the north

    The results of the world’s largest airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey have been released, revealing potential new mineral and groundwater resources in the Northern Territory and Queensland. The AEM surv... more
  • ARENA provides $9M in funding for short term forecasting of wind and solar farms

    Solar and wind farms will soon be trialled to see if they can provide their own short-term generation forecasts, under a funding initiative by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Australian E... more

EOIs open for Queensland’s $5M Waste to Biofutures Fund

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for the Queensland Government’s new $5 million Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund). The fund will support local companies in developing innovative ways to convert waste into bio-based products – creating investment opportunities and more long-term, high-value jobs across Queensland. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick said the aim was to make Queensland a world leader in the re-manufacturing of materials to turn waste into bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts. This includes utilising household f... more
cave mining

Collaboration to advance the future of cave mining

The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) and Mining3 have been united with Newcrest Mining, Vale, OZ Minerals, BHP Billiton and PT Merdeka Copper Gold to develop Cave Mining 2040. The international consortium will collaborate on projects aimed at developing new and improved cave mining methods that could help meet future demand for minerals. SMI Director Professor Neville Plint said the agreement was important because it brings together two Queensland based, world class research organisations. “We are working collaboratively with industry to unlock complex orebodies that o... more

Global initiative undertakes international action on tailings

In light of the recent tragic tailings dam disaster in Brazil, the Global Minerals Professionals Alliance (GMPA) will be taking a leading role on mine waste and tailings through its 'Global Action on Tailings' initiative. The initiative was announced at a recent meeting of the GMPA – a collaborative partnership between leading professional organisations for minerals around the world – held in February 2019, in Denver, Colorado in conjunction with the 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo. In addition to examining tailings from the perspective of disposal and closure, the initiative will seek to advance... more

New research indicates coal-fired power stations influence rainfall and air quality

A ground-breaking new study has revealed that modern coal-fired power stations produce more ultrafine dust particles than road traffic and can even modify and redistribute rainfall patterns. The 15-year study indicates filtration systems on modern coal-fired power stations are the largest source of ultrafine particles and can have a multitude of climate impacts. Previously, road traffic in urban areas was considered to be the main source of small particle emissions which have the potential to adversely affect health and the environment. In the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Professor W... more

Australia and Indonesia sign landmark trade agreement

In a historic act, Australian and Indonesian officials have signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). The IA-CEPA is expected to provide better and more certain access to the Indonesian market for Australian exporters. With a population of 270 million and high levels of economic growth, Indonesia is on track to become one of the world’s largest economies. This makes the strengthening the two countries' ties both strategically and economically important. The IA-CEPA means that 99 per cent of Australian goods (by value) will enter Indonesia duty-free or under... more

Research into transforming low emission coal into a carbon fibre material

A research team from the University of Newcastle (UON) has been awarded $753,468 from the Coal Innovation NSW Fund to investigate the possibility of transforming low emission coal into a carbon fibre material. Carbon fibre is a high strength but low weight material that is currently used for transport vehicles (such as aircrafts) to reduce weight and emissions. Advanced carbon manufacturing is a new high-value industry for Australia that could transform the way we view coal reserves and the products deriving from them. Presently, carbon fibres are made from petroleum products, which are energy intensiv... more