MINE Australia Magazine: Issue 1

10 March 2014 (Last Updated March 10th, 2014 04:00)

Our new digital magazine for the Australian mining industry launches with a look at the booming mining equipment, technology and services sector, a forecast for commodity exports in 2014, an update on Waratah Coal’s Galilee project in Queensland, and more

MINE Australia Magazine: Issue 1

MINE Australia 10 March 2014

A spin-off of MINE Magazine, MINE Australia focuses on the Australian mining industry, bringing you all the latest news about commodities markets, exploration, new projects and technological innovation Down Under. This new bi-monthly digital magazine is available for the iPad and as a web version.

Despite a downturn in Australia's domestic mining market over recent years, the mining equipment, technology and services sector is booming internationally. We find out why Australian mining know-how, skills and technology are in high demand around the world and the opportunities it presents for companies. We also investigate what the year will hold for commodities exports and what the top sellers are.

The approval of Waratah Coal's Galilee Coal Project in Queensland has sparked much criticism. We ask what the environmental risks are and whether the economic benefits for the region can help the developers strike a balance. Moreover, we speak to Malcolm Knox, author of the first history of Australian mining published in 50 years, about how the industry has evolved since the 1850s gold rush and ask the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy why it has launched a video competition aimed at inspiring teenagers to engage with the industry.

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In this issue

Digging Up a Nation
Malcolm Knox, author of the first history of Australian mining published in 50 years, tells Heidi Vella how the industry has evolved since the 1850s gold rush.
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Great Expectations
2014 is set to be a good year for Australian exports. Elly Earls asks Bruce Wilson of the BREE and IBISWorld's Caroline Finch about the most promising commodities.
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Australia Unlimited
While Australia's domestic mining market is slowing down, the mining equipment, technology and services sector is in high demand internationally. Chris Lo finds out why.
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Championing Diversity
Against a backdrop of debate over the benefits and detriments of gender reporting obligations for Australian businesses, resource industry employer group AMMA reviews employer-led initiatives that are already achieving real outcomes.
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Galilee Project: Environment vs Economy
Waratah Coal's $6.4bn Galilee Coal Project in Queensland was approved amidst much criticism. Elly Earls asks if the developers can find a balance between environmental impact and economic benefits.
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Finding Tomorrow's Miners
The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy hopes a new, creative competition will inspire youths to engage with the industry. Heidi Vella finds out more from chief executive Jason Kuchel.
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Project: Drayton Mine
Drayton thermal coal mine in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia, has been operating since 1983. It is part of the 2,100km² Hunter Coalfield, the largest coal-producing region in New South Wales.
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Next issue preview

A new report has raised concerns that mining companies are justifying their activities based on a so-called 'social licence' that is undefined in law. We investigate the practice and ask whether communities and the environment
could profit from official standards in corporate social responsibility.

We also review the dangers wildfires pose to mine operations in the light of a recent blaze at Hazelwood coal mine in Victoria, take a look at Iluka Resources' investment in technology start-up Metalysis and ask what the Abbot Point coal port expansion will mean for Queensland in terms of economy and the environment. We also speak to the founders of the country's first Aboriginal-owned supply company for the mining sector, Kulbardi, about their business and bringing job opportunities to local Aboriginal communities.

Digital magazine FAQ

MINE Australia is available on the iPad and as a free desktop version*. You can download our app or read the latest issue here.

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*Browser compatibility: The desktop version can be viewed in the latest two version of Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as in Internet Explorer 9 and 10. Some features may not be compatible with older browser versions.