What Makes a Major Mineral Discovery?

What Makes a Major Mineral Discovery is a one day conference presented by the South Australia Branch of AIG, Friday 6th June 2014 in Adelaide.

Have you ever wondered how world class deposits are discovered? Is it sheer geological brilliance, exceptional targeting of ground, great structural interpretation, geophysical interpretation par excellence or just plain good luck?  Well, come along and listen to some wonderful talks on some of Australia and the world’s greatest ore deposits.

Speakers will include:

  • Chris Anderson, Renascor Resources; The Carrapateena IOCG Deposit
  • Douglas Haynes, Douglas Haynes DIscovery Pty Ltd; The Olympic Dam IOCG Mine
  • Tony Belperio, Minotaur Exploration Ltd; The Prominent Hill IOCG Mine
  • Pat Say, Rex Minerals Ltd; The Hillside IOCG Skarn Deposit
  • John Anderson, Investigator Resources Ltd; The Paris Epithermal Silver Deposit
  • Kevin Wills and David Edgecombe, Consultants, The Challenger Gold Mine
  • Colin Brooks, Consultant; The Escondida Porphyry Copper Mine
  • Chris Giles, Havilah Resources NL; The Kalkaroo Copper-Gold Deposit
  • Tom Mayer, Consultant; The Granites Gold Mine
  • Rick Webb, Rick Webb Geological Services P/L; The Callie and Dead Bullock Soak Gold Mines
  • Graham Teale, Teale & Associates Pty Ltd; The Mt Leyshon Gold Mine
  • Colin Brooks, Consultant; The Escondida Porphyry Copper Mine
  • Alastair Morrison, Australian Investors Pty Ltd; The Discovery of the Gokona Deposit, The North Mara Gold Project, Tanzania
  • Tom Mayer, Consultant; The Poochera Kaolin Deposits
  • Doug Boyd, Iluka Resources Limited; The Jaycinth and Ambrosia Mineral Sands Deposits
  • Adrian Brewer, Brewer Geological Services; The Weda Bay Lateritic Nickel-Cobalt Deposit
  • Kevin Wills, Diamond Resources Ltd; The Argyle Diamond Mine

Cost: $185 for AIG Members, $250 Non-members.  A limited number of places for students ($77) and unemployed geoscientists ($110) are available.  All registration fees include GST and include lunch and morning and afternoon teas.

Visit the AIG Events Calendar for more details

Follow this link for the conference flyer AIG SA Branch Major Discovery Conference, Adelaide 6 June 2014.  Click here to register on-line.  For further information contact Graham Teale


Bowen Basin Symposium 2015: Call for Abstracts

The Bowen Basin Geologists’ Group (BBGG) has issued a Call for Abstracts for the 2015 Bowen Basin Symposium

The symposium will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre, South Brisbane, 7th to 9th October, 2015.

Key Dates:

  1. 250 word Abstract by 30th June 2014
  2. Acceptance notification by31st July 2014
  3. Manuscripts due by 13th December 2014


Papers on the following broad themes are sought:

  • New Projects / Exploration
  • Structural Geology
  • Coal Quality
  • Global Demand (India / China)
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Coal Seam Gas
  • Safety
  • Coal Resource Estimation / JORC
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Issues
  • Hydrogeology
  • New Technologies / ACARP / Research
  • Environmental Management
  • Native Title / Cultural Heritage

Abstracts may be submitted by email to  Watch this site for further information.

YES Network ‘Women in Geoscience’ Survey

The YES Network has recently launched the ‘Women in Geoscience Survey’, a global initiative launched with the UK Chapter of the International Association for Geoethics, with the aim to establish the needs and challenges faced by women in geosciences.

The survey comes in the context of a global initiative launched by the UK Chapter of the International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH)( to comemorate its newly formed Commission on Gender and Geoethics (CoGG). The YES Network will contribute to its first Special Issue and we hope to give an insight from our perspective about this topic.

Please take a few minutes to complete it and let us know if you have more ideas and suggestions to improve it and/or to contribute to the empowerment of women in this discipline, especially the early-career ones.

Edit: Survey now closed.

Note: This survey is basically made by and for women in the African and Asian continents. However, we have tried to adapt it to a broader audience and to both genders. We are eager to receive inputs and feedback from male and female geoscientists from the other parts of the world and comments to improve it. All contributions and initiatives are very welcome!

Exploring the unique role interactions of workers in the mining industry

Dr Connor McShane and Ms Kate Kanakis are conducting a research project at James Cook University, Townsville, examining what life is like working in the mining industry.

Specifically, the researchers would like to ask you about what type of work you do and how your work roles interact with roles in your personal life. As an outcome of this project, the researchers aim to provide recommendations to industry and government about how to meet the challenges of the mining working environment.

If you agree to be involved in this research project, you will be invited to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire is available online. The questionnaire should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please note, that by completing the questionnaire you are providing your consent to participate in this study.

Taking part in this study is completely voluntary and you can stop taking part in the study at any time without explanation or prejudice.

If you know of others that might be interested in this study, can you please pass on this information or forward the survey link to them so they may complete the questionnaire or contact Dr McShane for more details.

Your responses will be anonymous. The data from the study will be used in research publications and conference presentations. You will not be identified in any way in these publications.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Connar McShane.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Connar McShane, Department of Psychology, James Cook University

ResourcesQ Partnership Signed in Brisbane

Queensland resources sector has welcomed an agreement signed today with the Queensland government that takes a long-term view to develop the state’s minerals and energy wealth to its full potential.

ResourcesQ Signing

ResourcesQ is signed in Brisbane. From left are APPEA Chief Operating Officer Paul Fennelly, AMEC Regional Manager Bernie Hogan, QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche, Premier Campbell Newman and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps.

Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council Michael Roche said the signing of ResourcesQ, a 30-year vision for the sector, was an important blueprint for the sector’s future, particularly with its emphasis on global competitiveness.

A statement of intent between the Queensland Government, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), and the QRC was signed today.

‘The QRC acknowledges the work already under way by the Newman and Commonwealth governments to streamline the approvals process and cut red and green tape, but this agreement recognises the need for long-term and stable policy and legislation to attract investment in the sector,’ said Mr Roche.

‘What the resources sector doesn’t need is unexpected cost increases, such as increased royalties. Investment in the sector is by its nature long term, and changes to royalties affect the global competitiveness of resources operations, and reduce our attractiveness as a destination for resource investment.

‘We also don’t need an added impost on our inputs in the form of the federal government’s mooted changes to the diesel fuel tax credit scheme in tomorrow night’s budget.

‘However, I’m very pleased to see included in ResourcesQ measures to ensure that we have the skilled people we will require into the future.

‘I’m also gratified to see in the agreement an emphasis on properly informing the community about the sector’s importance to the economy, and regaining the confidence of the community in the government’s stringent environmental legislation.

‘As has been seen in our current television commercials on the Great Barrier Reef, there is a real need to push back on the misinformation being spread by an ever increasing bevy of anti-resource industry activists.

‘Also covered is the importance of demonstrating prospectivity through the provision of geological information, and actively pursuing investment to identify future resource deposits.’ Mr Roche said.

ResourcesQ is a Queensland Government initiative to drive growth and jobs in Queensland’s resources sector.

The initiative was formulated by the government to generate an economically strong, competitive, diverse and agile sector over the next 30 years. It’s about planning for the future to ensure we all prosper from Queensland’s resource wealth.

Throughout 2014, the government will work in partnership with the resources sector to develop a shared vision for Queensland’s resources over the next 30 years and an action plan to deliver that vision.

A long-term vision underlying the initiative is designed to:

  • position Queensland as the best state to do business in the resources sector
  • position the Queensland Government as modern and efficient, with an economic growth and development agenda
  • foster greater industry and investment confidence in Queensland
  • shape future government policy
  • ensure all Queenslanders prosper from resources now and in the future.

The initiative features innovative and strong formal partnership with peak bodies representing the industry, which will remove constraints and realise the benefits the resources sector offers to all Queenslanders, leading to the signing of an agreement with QRC, APPEA and AMEC in Brisbane yesterday.

Stakeholder input will be sought through a range of methods including targeted industry consultation.

Working alongside stakeholders

The ResourcesQ process includes the following key actions and engagement activities:

  • Foresight study — December 2013 to February 2014
  • Industry leaders’ workshop — February 2014
  • Partnership group — February 2014
  • Resources supply chain leaders’ workshop — 4 April 2014
  • Partnership agreement — May 2014
  • Regional stakeholder workshops — April to June 2014
  • Five regional stakeholder workshops will be held to discuss the proposed vision and the way forward from an ‘on-the-ground’ perspective. The first of these workshops was held in Mt Isa on 16 April. Other workshops will be held in Cairns, Gladstone, Roma and Emerald during May and June.
  • Public consultation — consultation on draft ResourcesQ vision and themes – June/July 2014
  • Partnership report launch — September 2014
  • Launch of the final partnership report which includes the 30-year vision and action plan in September.
ResourcesQ Timeline

ResourcesQ initiative timeline

ResourcesQ stakeholders

Queensland’s resources industry includes a large number of stakeholders from a broad range of sectors including:

  • resource exploration and development companies
  • peak industry bodies
  • resources sector workforce
  • suppliers to industry
  • regional and local communities
  • federal government
  • local government
  • agricultural and landholder groups
  • training organisations
  • traditional owners
  • research institutions
  • investors
  • public sector.

ResourcesQ will give industry the opportunity to guide the strategic direction for the resources sector. Businesses and other stakeholders, including resource communities, will be encouraged to contribute to the development of solutions that will ensure resources remains an economic pillar in Queensland for future generations.

More information

More information regarding the ResourcesQ initiative is available from:

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)


You can also sign up to a ResourcesQ newsletter or visit the ResourcesQ web page.

AIG learned of the ResourcesQ programme, somewhat by accident, through the Cairns stakeholder workshop being held this week.  While the initiative is one that many geoscientists would welcome, the promotion of the initiative amongst stakeholder groups appears to have gotten off to a very slow start, with little awareness of the initiative evident amongst Queensland geoscientists this week.  Hopefully we’ll see this situation change as the initiative gains momentum.

Andrew Waltho, 13 May 2014