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Exploration Radio

Two new podcast episodes are now available!

One of the main non-technical challenges in mineral exploration is getting investment. Overwhelmingly, companies seem to favour becoming a publicly listed company on a stock exchange to raise funds. The challenge there is how to effectively engage a largely uninformed investor base and retain them over the long term. Maybe we would be better off with a private funding model for early stage exploration – similar to venture capital firms funding startups. Irrespective of how we get funding, we need to remember to run exploration like a business.

Tony Manini is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of a private equity firm called EMR Capital. 

We often suffer from a time lag between acquiring data and using it to make a decision. If only we could get the data quicker, we would be so much better at what we do. Maybe this explains our obsession in developing technology that provides us data in real time. But we are forgetting something. It is not about getting the data quicker, it is about being able to make better decisions faster. Like the petroleum industry, we want real time “answer products” – not just real time data.

In this episode, we are joined by Michelle Carey from IMDEX and Marcus Lake from Olympus, two companies that are at the forefront of developing technology to assist with real time decision making.

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36th International Geological Congress

The International Geological Congress is a mega event organised every four years. The next edition – the 36th – will be organised in Delhi, India, March 2-8, 2020.

The Congress has 45 themes, covering practically all aspects of Planet Earth, has > 60 field trips, a GeoExpo, and a variety of other programs.

Each theme has several symposia; under each symposium, again, there will be many sessions. You are welcome to submit your abstract at the Congress website (www.36igc.org) and make your presentation at the IGC. You could also go on a field trip, or participate in/organise a workshop or short course and/or enjoy looking around the country, its culture and culinary specialties, its art and architecture, its history and heritage. India provides a world of opportunities!

Thanks to the munificence of the Government of India, we are able to offer a Geohost Support Program that is unprecedented in the history of IGC! We will be providing 1000 free registrations, 1000 airfares and 1000 local hospitality packages to geoscientists/ geoscience students. These will be provided either as full or partial support. So, hurry up and apply online for a Geohost grant! Please visit our website www.36igc.org for all the details.

Revised deadline for abstract submission: October 31, 2019.            

Revised deadline for Early Bird registration: November 30, 2019

Epithermal Au-Ag and Porphyry Cu-Au exploration

Greg Corbett and Stuart Hayward’s popular short course is being held again in Sydney next February.

Dates and venues: 11-13 February 2020, Chatswood Club, 11 Help St, Chatswood (Sydney) – 5 minutes walk from Chatswood station and the W.B. Clarke Geoscience Centre, Londonderry.

11-12 February: Two days of PowerPoint lectures focus upon mineral exploration for epithermal and porphyry ore deposits derived from Dr Corbett’s 40 years field experience, including short courses provided with the late Terry Leach from the early 1990’s. Exploration and mining examples from over 40 countries are used to delineate the characteristics of different epithermal and porphyry ore types, and controls to mineralisation, using tools such as alteration, structure and breccias. A final section considers geological features recognised in exploration marginal to ore bodies. Participants will be provided with exercises to test yourselves and a current draft of the new short course notes. Early drafts of the first few chapters are available at: http://corbettgeology.com/Publications/.


13 February: A practical exercise held at the W B Clarke Geoscience Centre, Londonderry, uses diamond drill core and geological specimens referred to in the lectures (above), to provide hands on training in ore and alteration mineralogy and the use of geological models. Greg is helped by and Stuart Hayward, who has over 30 years experience in epithermal-porphyry ore deposit exploration and mining. Return bus from Chatswood and lunch provided.

Registration fees include handouts, lunch, morning and afternoon teas and transport to and from Londonderry.

Minimum of 20 participants required and limited to a maximum of 40.

24 CPD Hours

Employed geologists from $1500 + GST 
Unemployed geologists from $400 + GST
Students $150 + GST but if you need assistance contact greg@corbettgeology.com

Registration  www.corbettgeology.com/services/

Do you know a geoscientist who deserves recognition as a National Geoscience Champion?

 The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) is pursuing a Vision to raise the profile of Geoscience to be pre-eminent in Australia and to be recognised as one of the great fields of general science with Physics, Chemistry and Biology. In doing this the AGC is calling for nominations for the next National Geoscience Champion. This honour will be awarded to very few geoscientists. It will recognise major contributions to our science, craft and art, evidenced by technical, leadership, mentoring and collegial endeavours. 

Nominations for National Geoscience Champions should include: 

  • Name and contact details of Nominators 
  • An outline of the nominees geoscientific career 
  • Details of their significant contributions to geoscience in Australia 
  • Details of the impact of their work in geoscience internationally 

Nominations should be concise and not exceed more than 500 words or an A4 page.

Assessment Guidelines 

A panel of at least three AGC members will be involved in the assessment of National Geoscience Champion awards as required. The Panel shall be include the President of the AGC with the Opportunity to co-opt specific panel members to assist and advise as required. 

An award of National Geoscience Champion is not made as an annual event rather there will be up to a maximum of EIGHT National Geoscience Champions at any given time – reflecting the number of membership organisations involved in the AGC. 

Awardees of the National Geoscience Champions do not have to be current members of any of the AGC Member Organisations. The award will be given on merit and not on membership. 

National Geoscience Champions will be asked to participate in events during the years following the award to engage and enthuse geoscientists and to promote geoscience nationally. Where necessary the AGC will provide financial assistance to the National Geoscience Champion to attend these events. 

Nominations should be submitted by email to admin@agc.org.au. Further details the nomination process are available from the AGC website.

Energy and mining opportunities in South Australia

Consultation paper released for comment

The South Australian government has initiated Growth State – Our Plan for Prosperity recognising we need to do things differently to create an environment that is conducive to economic growth and a more sustainable, prosperous future for South Australians.

Carefully designed to leverage South Australia’s competitive advantages, Growth State is a work plan to promote industry growth by responding to the needs of business and industries.

At its heart, Growth State articulates what government is doing, informed by what industry needs.

Growth State is a coordinated government commitment to real, concrete actions and deliverables.

Removing barriers, clearing paths, facilitating, and aggregating, Growth State will be instrumental in focusing government resources and energies. Working in consultation with industry, together we will reaffirm the positive aspects of living and working in South Australia to enhance the prospect of investing here.

The energy and mining sector is one sector where substantial prospects exist to responsibly develop opportunities, grow productivity and grow our competitiveness.

The Consultation Paper outlines current Energy and Mining programs and potential further action to support Growth State in this critical sector of the economy.

Existing industry initiatives such as the Copper Strategy, Magnetite Strategy,
South Australian Hydrogen Action Plan and the Roundtable for Oil and Gas will be complemented by the Clean Energy Transition and new initiatives such as the Accelerated Discovery Initiative, Battery and Emerging Minerals Strategy and the Electric Vehicle Strategy foreshadowed in the 2019-2020 State Budget.

This Consultation Paper defines the scope of the energy and mining sector and suggests ambitious targets to support the objectives of Growth State. It also seeks feedback to define what business needs so further actions can be identified that will encourage confidence and address barriers to investment.

The final version of the Strategy will inform government of the energy and mining sector’s priority needs in delivering stronger growth and will highlight relevant government commitments.

Government will respond to sector strategies through the Growth State work plan.

We need energy and mining businesses and industry input for this Energy and Mining Strategy and your feedback on the information provided in this Consultation Paper.

You can provide feedback through the Department for Energy and Mining website or email DEM.customerservices@sa.gov.au by 1 November 2019.