Just north of Australia, the island split into Papua and Papua New Guinea is famously underexplored but, over the years, inroads have been made and tantalising glimmers of hidden mineral wealth were quickly followed by some of the world’s biggest miners. We look at the relationship between Australian miners and their northern neighbour.
We also map a significant lithium find in north Queensland and a copper-gold discovery by Stavely Mining in Victoria, along with other new finds across Australia. Elsewhere, we find out how a new 3D laser scanner could help improve safety and efficiency at mines in Australia and elsewhere.
Finally, we investigate the rehabilitation of the Ranger uranium mine, learn about the management of law and order on mining sites, and speak to Mining Legends about their work with mining communities.
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In this issue
The muddied waters of mining in Papua New Guinea
Just north of Australia, the island split into Papua and Papua New Guinea is famously underexplored, though over the years inroads have been made and tantalising glimmers of hidden mineral wealth have been quickly followed by some of the world’s biggest miners. Scarlett Evans look at the state of mining in the area, and just what the future holds.
New mining finds across Australia
Some of the most exciting new mining discoveries in Australia include a significant lithium find in north Queensland and a copper-gold discovery by Stavely Mining in Victoria. Yoana Cholteeva maps these and other new finds across Australia.
ExScanning: Australia looks to make mining hands-free
Australia’s CSIRO has developed ExScan, a laser scanner that can construct images of underground mines and is tailored to minimise the risk of deadly explosions. JP Casey considers the institution’s history of improving safety compliance, and how the new technology could save lives.
Rehabilitating Australia’s notorious Ranger uranium mine: can it be done?
At the end of 2020, Energy Resources of Australia will embark on an ambitious five-year project to rehabilitate the Ranger uranium mine. The controversial mine must be restored to a standard that would allow it to be incorporated within the surrounding Kakadu National Park, but can it be done? Heidi Vella investigates.
Mine and punishment: dealing with violence and crime on mine sites
Monitoring safety at remote mining sites is incredibly difficult, as a recent murder at a Pilbara site in Western Australia brought starkly into people’s awareness. Scarlett Evans speaks to Professor John Scott from the Queensland University of Technology and co-author of a paper on the social and criminological implications of fly-in fly-out workers in remote locations.
Community spirit: how Mining Legends raised money for grieving families
Last October, a group of Australian miners raised money from the mining community to rebuild and sell on an abandoned digger, giving the proceeds to family members of those injured or killed at work. JP Casey speaks to the people behind Mining Legends to learn more about the project.
Preview – MINE Australia May 2020
Record low rainfall is severely limiting water resources across vast swathes of Australia, including the all-important Murray-Darling basin. We look at the impact persistent drought can have on mining, and ask if more can be done to limit water use in this notoriously thirsty industry.
We also look at how, with Newmont achieving the largest gold reserves in its history, the company’s Australian efforts have paid off in recent years. Elsewhere, we investigate whether the Australian Government is allowing mining majors to avoid climate regulation.
Finally, we break down the Wright family court case and what it says about mining dynasties, profile exploration in Victoria, and consider the mining collaboration announced between Nigeria and Australia.