Mine Australia Magazine: Issue 3

8 July 2014 (Last Updated July 8th, 2014 01:00)

In this issue: New South Wales needs investment, Lamboo Resources moves into flake graphite at the right time, BHP Billiton changes its focus, miners’ wages under attack, and more

Mine Australia Magazine: Issue 3

Mine Australia Magazine: Issue 3 | July 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.

The mining industry in New South Wales supports tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs and generates billions of dollars in royalties, but as investment in mineral exploration declines, those depending on mining are getting anxious. We take a look at the situation and ask how the industry can help secure the long-term economic future of the region.

We also speak to Lamboo Resources about its cleverly timed move into flake graphite, which puts the company into an ideal position to cash in on the booming market for lithium-ion batteries, and find out what BHP Billiton's plans to divest mining assets worth up to A$20bn could mean for the industry.

And, as the industry argues about whether Australian miners are paid too much and should exercise 'wage restraint', we ask how companies can get the productivity equation right.

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In this issue

Cause for Concern?
Mining provides tens of thousands of jobs and billions in royalties in New South Wales, but investment in mineral exploration is declining. Elly Earls learns more from the NSW Minerals Councils and industry analyst Timetric.
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Ideal Timing
Exploration company and graphite producer Lamboo Resources is poised to gain from the booming lithium-ion battery market. CEO Richard Trevillion tells Elly Earls how his team found "the right space at the right time".
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Shift of Focus
BHP Billiton has signalled a possible demerger of mining assets worth an estimated A$20bn as the company focuses on iron ore, copper, coal and energy assets. Adam Leach asks what such a massive divestment could mean for the industry.
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Wage Wars
The Australian mining industry is under attack for paying higher wages than other countries. Heidi Vella asks whether Australian miners should exercise 'wage restraint' or companies should boost efficiency at their operations.
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Four Mile Uranium Mine
Production at Australia's fifth uranium mine, Four Mile in South Australia, began in spring 2014. We take a look at the project owned by Quasar Resources and Alliance Resources.
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Queensland hosts some of the country's most impressive mines but several projects have made headlines for the wrong reasons, including the controversial Abbot Point port expansion. We speak to analysts to find out more about the future of Queensland's mining industry.

We also hear from Australia's national science agency CISIRO about its new Virtual Curtain technology for the removal of metal contaminants from wastewater, which has just been successfully tested in a Queensland mine, and ask Perth-based Ecologia Environment how the industry's awareness of environmental issues has the need for sustainability increases.

Moreover, we find out how a downturn in mining activities is affecting the market for equipment suppliers and speak to recruitment experts about job prospects in light of recent large-scale job cuts in parts of the country.

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