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Magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE Workshop


16 CPD HoursMagmatic Ni-Cu-PGE Deposits: a two day workshop to be presented by Dr Michael Lesher, Dr Steve Barnes and Dr James Mungall in Perth W.A., arranged by Geoscientists Symposia, CSIRO and AIG.

Perth WA, 26-27 March 2015

CSIRO Auditorium, Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC),
26 Dick Perry Avenue
Kensington WA

8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily.

The course will present:

  • an overview of the tectonic, geological, volcanological and petrochemical settings associated with these deposits;
  • review of critical theoretical constraints including mantle melting, metal partitioning and mass balance;
  • physical processes and fluid dynamics;
  • tenor and mineralogy of disseminated ores;
  • case studies of well-characterised systems.

The workshop will be of interest to graduate students and exploration geologists who want an update on this deposit class and exposure to some of the detailed work that has been done on these deposits globally.

The workshop circular provides further information, including profiles of the presenters and registration information.  Bookmark this page for further information regarding this event as it becomes available.

AIG is a cosponsor of a five day exploration skills course for graduate geoscientists being held by AusIMM in conjunction with Digirock in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 19-23 January 2015.

The course is timed to be delivered early in a graduate’s career – near the start of initial employment. It is intended as a primer for the technical issues of exploration that young professionals are likely to encounter as well as information on the business aspects of exploration and expected work ethic.

The course brochure, including programme and registration details, is available here.

While some schools are winding down in their last week of the year, Nanango SHS students will dedicate this time to learning more about possible career pathways into the resource sector as part of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy’s (QMEA) Career Café program, managed by the Queensland Resources Council and being hosted at the school tomorrow (Wednesday, 9 Dec).

The QMEA works with students between years 7 and 12 to assist young people in developing a talent pipeline in to the minerals and energy sector. The Career Cafes bring education and industry together to show students the real world application of their classroom learning.

More than 200 hundred years 8 and 9 students will hear from industry representatives from Downer EDI and Stanwell’s Tarong Power Station.

Dave Waddell, Operations Manager and SSE of Downer EDI Mining’s Meandu Mine will join Rob Woodall, Production Maintenance Manager, Generation Operations, Stanwell -Tarong Power Station to discuss their own stories from school to the world of mining and energy production.

QMEA Senior Project Officer Tammy Grady said the Career Cafés help steer students towards their career goals.

‘Not everyone’s career and study pathway is the same, and with year 12 students recently graduating, now is a good time for younger students to start thinking about careers that might appeal to them,’ Ms Grady said.

With most students having a connection to either Meandu or Tarong Power Station, the Career Café will allow students to gain a clearer picture of the opportunities that exist with the two companies and how they can be on the payroll in four or five years’ time.

QMEA Key Teacher and Nanango Chemistry and Mathematics Teacher, Brenden McDonnell said the Career Café provides Stanwell and Downer an opportunity to speak personally with the students.

‘As they are such large employers in the region, I’m sure there will be lots of discussions and valuable information being shared,’ Mr McDonnell said.

The QMEA is a ‘virtual’ academy of 34 state and private school across Queensland, which aims to bring young people into long-term and rewarding careers in the resources sector. It is a partnership between the Queensland Government, the Queensland Resources Council and the education and training sector.

Queensland Resources Council Release, 8 Dec 2014

NZpetminThe New Zealand Government has moved to make reporting of exploration results, mineral resources and ore reserves in compliance with the JORC Code for all entities holding a Tier 1 Minerals Permit from 2014.  The first reports subject to this requirement must be lodged with New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals by 31 March 2015.

Tier 1 permits are issued for complex, higher risk and return petroleum and mineral operations and are subject to a more proactive management and regulatory regime than Tier 2 permits, which apply to lower-return industrial, small business, and hobby mineral operations.  All permits are judged to be either Tier 1 or Tier 2 permits.  The distinction applies to all forms of mineral title, including prospecting, exploration and mining permits.

All prospecting and exploration permit holders are required to provide and annnual summary report on prospecting or exploration activities under the permit for the previous calendar year and a report on expenditure on prospecting and exploration.  The information in this form is required under regulations 35 and 37 of the New Zealand Crown Minerals (Minerals Other than Petroleum) Regulations 2007.  For Tier 1 permits, permit holders must also submit a report on their engagement with iwi and hap? whose rohe includes some or all of the permit area or who are directly affected by the permit.

For mining permits and licences, the report includes a report on a summary of prospecting and exploration activities as outlined above, unless it is for an underground mine and the annual royalty payable by the permit holder for the minerals obtained under the permit is less than or equal to $50,000.

These changes mean that government entitles, including Solid Energy and private companies, in addition to NZX listed companies who have been required to meet the requirements of the JORC code for public reports of exploration results, mineral resources adore reserves for many years, will be required to appoint Competent Persons and lodge reports which meet the requirements of the JORC Code (2012) for the first time next March.  Permit holders will also be able to lodge annual reports and applications for renewals electronically from the second quarter of 2015.

Members: please be advised that the AIG Secretariat office, provided by the Centre for Association Management (CASM) in Perth, will be closed from Midday, 17th December 2014 until 19th January 2015.

The office email addresses will be monitored during this period.

Members are encouraged to contact an AIG Council member with any issues over the holiday period.  The telephone and email contact details for AIG Councillors appear in each issue of AIG News.

Best wishes for Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2015.


This drawing  by Dr. Ken Hon, currently a professor of geology with University of Hawai`i at Hilo captures the season.