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May 19, 2021
Alliance spinning the bit again at Hamilton

Alliance spinning the bit again at Hamilton

AusQuest in alliance with Cannington mine owner South32 has started drilling at the Hamilton copper project in North-West Queensland. They are targeting copper-gold mineralisation similar to the deposit supporting the Ernest Henry mining operation near Cloncurry. The overall program will comprise four diamond drill-holes for about 2000m, with three holes designed to test discrete magnetic/gravity&...

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May 18, 2021
Report underlines mining contribution

Report underlines mining contribution

Australia’s mining industry forked out record taxes and royalties in 2019-20, even as the COVID-19 pandemic started to push the economy into recession, the Minerals Council of Australia says. The record payments to government are highlighted in the latest Deloitte Access Economics report commissioned by the MCA. It estimates the minerals sector paid $24.1 billion in company… ...

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May 18, 2021
Inquiry hears calls to protect cultural site at Century

Inquiry hears calls to protect cultural site at Century

Regional elders raised concerns about the fate of a culturally significant rock shelter on the Century mining lease during a Mount Isa hearing of the Juukan Gorge inquiry this month. The Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia also heard that the elders felt ignored and shut out by ORIC (the Office of the Registrar of… ...

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May 18, 2021
McArthur River dominates emergency response comp

McArthur River dominates emergency response comp

Glencore McArthur River Mine has come out on top at the annual Northern Australia Emergency Response Competition (NAERC) in Darwin. The group from the Northern Territory zinc mine was named best overall team, followed by Gemco South32, as well as making a strong showing across a range of competition categories at the weekend event. Organisers… ...

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May 18, 2021
Industry embraces red tape removal

Industry embraces red tape removal

New laws passed through the Senate to allow automatic recognition of qualifications across borders have been hailed as a win for the mining sector and small business tradespeople. Mutual recognition of state and territory-based occupational licences and registration would boost the mining workforce’s ability to work across regions without the red tape and cost of obtaining… ...

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May 18, 2021
EQ Resources adds oomph to drilling effort

EQ Resources adds oomph to drilling effort

EQ Resources is extending a resource drilling program at its Mount Carbine tungsten mine in Far North Queensland after promising early signs. The six-hole program has been extended to 17 holes as a $3.5 million feasibility study into expanding production moves into full swing at the historical mine site. While assay results from the first… ...

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May 18, 2021
Ausmex keen to mine after ‘frustrating’ hold-ups

Ausmex keen to mine after ‘frustrating’ hold-ups

A favourable Land Court ruling has paved the way for Ausmex to progress its Golden Mile project near Cloncurry. An update to the market authorised by managing director Aaron Day described the planned transition to gold production at Golden Mile and the Mount Freda tenements as extremely frustrating due to unanticipated holdups on the regulatory… ...

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May 17, 2021
NAIF reforms welcome for $1.7b CopperString project

NAIF reforms welcome for $1.7b CopperString project

The proponents behind the $1.7 billion CopperString 2.0 project have welcomed reforms to extend the reach and life of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF). CuString chief executive officer Joseph O’Brien said the company was well advanced in its discussions for what was expected to be NAIF’s largest loan. “The government’s review identified some reforms… ...

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May 17, 2021
Exploration, mining and processing briefs

Exploration, mining and processing briefs

Updates from Sandvik, Alice Queen, Ampol, Austin Engineering, State Gas and Central Petroleum in this week’s exploration, mining and processing briefs. State Gas spuds first Rougemont well State Gas is drilling the first well in its new Rolleston-West gas project (ATP 2062), near Rolleston in the Surat Basin. The Rougemont-1 well is the first of… ...

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