• Taskforce formed to implement WA Gov’s Energy Transformation Strategy

    Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, has today established the Energy Transformation Taskforce, which will implement the McGowan Government’s Energy Transformation Strategy. The strategy aims to deliver a clean... more
  • Green light for hydrogen mix in gas networks

    Energy Networks Australia, the peak national body representing Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution and gas distribution networks, has just released a report which confirms that the injection... more
  • New survey finds industry needs to get better at telling its story

    New research conducted by independent research agency, Ipsos, has reinforced the need for the resources sector to better explain its everyday importance, relevance and world-class environmental standards to all... more
  • Consortium tackles challenges faced by communities affected by mine closure

    University of Queensland (UQ) researchers and several mining companies have established a three-year consortium to research effective mine closure strategies. The ‘Social Aspects of Mine Closure Research C... more
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GSWA commences new airborne gravity survey in the Pilbara

The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) has commenced an airborne gravity survey spanning an area of approximately 170,000 square kilometres in the state’s Pilbara region. The launch of the survey follows data from GSWA’s 2018 airborne gravity surveys over the Kimberley Basin, and the Little Sandy and Great Victoria Desert areas. The survey is the final piece of a seven-year collaborative program between GSWA and Geoscience Australia, a division of the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Airborne surveys of this type and configuration provide data efficiently with ... more

New guidelines to strengthen Victoria’s resources sector

The Victorian Government is in the process of making changes to the state's resources guidelines, aiming to set a higher standard for mineral explorers and miners entrusted with access to its precious mineral resources. The Victorian Government wants to place a stronger focus on minerals explorers and miners who can prove they are reputable, community-focused and set up appropriately for the duration of projects, including the full rehabilitation of sites around the state. Now employing 120,000 people across Victoria, the state’s minerals exploration and mining sectors are growing steadily, and the gover... more

Mining industry pays tribute to Sir Arvi Parbo

Australia’s world-class minerals sector has paid tribute to Sir Arvi Parbo, a giant of Australian mining who died on 1 May 2018, aged 93. Arriving in Australia in November 1949 as a refugee from Estonia, Sir Arvi Parbo began his career in Australian mining in 1956 as a surveyor at GWC’s Bullfinch gold mine north of Southern Cross in Western Australia. His career ascent saw him become Managing Director of Western Mining Corporation in November 1971, adding Chairman to his title in October 1974. During his time at WMC, capital increased enormously, nickel production trebled, gold output increased 14-f... more

Demand for mining workers continues to grow

Findings from an independent pilot study by technology firm, CoverCard, for the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) highlight that the demand for mining workers across Australia is continuing to grow and foster new job opportunities - particularly in regional communities. Using a database of more than four million mining-related jobs and skills, the study's analysts evaluated employment trends in blue-collar jobs by applying an identification algorithm to more than 140,000 job advertisements in the resources sector. The study found that: Over the past three years, job demand was the largest in Western... more

Report indicates deal activity in energy sector slowing amid regulations

As part of its Global Transactions Forecast Report series, global law firm Baker McKenzie has released a report looking at mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and initial public offering (IPO) deal trends in the global energy sector. The global energy sector had a stagnant year for M&A, with energy activity dropping slightly from a peak in 2017 of USD 306 billion to USD 255 billion in 2018. This highlights that rebounding oil prices, sanctions and regulatory pressures are impacting transactions across the energy industries of oil and gas and renewables. Baker McKenzie’s Global Transactions Forecast, i... more

Scientists create a new process for recycling rare earth metals

Scientists at Deakin University and Spain’s Tecnalia research and innovation hub have improved the process for recovering rare earth metals (REMs) - which are essential in mobile phones and other modern technologies such as hybrid-electric cars. Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo, a researcher from the Deakin Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) who oversees the electromaterials project, said there was an urgent need to develop a cleaner and simpler process for recovering REMs, as current extraction methods generated huge amounts of toxic and radioactive waste. “Consumption of REMs has been gradually increasin... more