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Queensland mineral exploration

Exploration expenditure data reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics paints a grim picture of mineral exploration for Queensland, relative to the rest of Australia.

Data were reviewed by Brisbane-based member Doug Brewster.

Queensland attracted only 7% of all exploration investment in Australia in 2019, continuing a long decline in exploration expenditure in the state. Queensland attracted 23% of national minerals exploration investment 30 years ago. The figures examined have been adjusted for CPI.

A steep decrease that ended in 1998 is interpreted to be associated with a moratorium on granting of new exploration licences associated with the Wik native title decision, from which minerals exploration expenditure has struggled to recover. The mining and exploration boom between 2005 and 2012 was all about coal in Queensland.

New South Wales is outperforming Queensland. The state attracted about 11% of national minerals exploration expenditure in 2019, up from only 6% 30 years ago.

Minerals exploration in New South Wales appears to be benefitting from relatively recent discoveries in the Cobar Basin (e.g. Mallee Bull) and the Lachlan Fold Belt (Boda). Access to land regulations in New South Wales appear to have had little impact on mineral exploration expenditure.

Mineral exploration in South Australia, after a purple patch during the 2005-2012 boom, perhaps on the back off discoveries including Sovereign Hill and Carrapateena, appears to have gone back to sleep.

Western Australia is the favoured destination for mineral exploration investment in Australia, reflected in the state’s consistently high rankings in the annual Fraser Institute survey of exploration investment intentions in recent years. Western Australia is no less affected by native title than any other state. It does, however, have a dedicated Tenure and Native Title Branch, with liaison officers to assist explorers with access and land use agreements.

Discoveries seem to be the greatest driver of future exploration investment. Equitable native title and land access processes also appear to be important considerations for explorers in determining where to invest both exploration capital and energy.

8th Biennial ACROFI Conference
16-28 June, 2019, Townsville, Qld Australia

Important Dates

Abstracts

Submission Opens: 11 November 2019

Submission Closes: 28 February 2020

Notification: by 18 March 2020

Registration

Opens: Wednesday 22 January 2020

The Economic Geology Research Unit (EGRU) at James Cook University will host the 8th international ACROFI conference and invites academics, researchers, students and industry professionals to join us in Townsville, Queensland, from 15-18 June 2020.

The main theme of the conference is the study of fluid-and-melt inclusions. The meeting typically has an informal character and is ideally suited for students to present their results and meet experts in their fields. The meeting will include three days of presentations (oral and poster) preceded by a two day workshop (basic concepts of fluid inclusion studies, LA-ICP-MS analyses of fluid inclusions, lab visit) and followed by a one-day post-conference field trip.

Conference topics will include:

  • New developments in fluid research including analytical
  • Experimental, and thermodynamics aspects
  • Magmatic melts and fluids, fluids in volcanic systems
  • Metamorphic fluids
  • Hydrothermal ore deposits and mineral exploration

Keynote Speakers:

  • Robert Bodnar, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
  • Katy Evans, Curtin University,  Australia
  • John Mavrogenes, Australian National University, Australia
  • Pei Ni, Nanjing University, China
  • Jung Hun Seo, Inha University, South Korea
32 CPD Hours

Conference Schedule

Sunday 14 – Monday 15 June: Workshop

Monday 15 June (evening): Welcome Function

Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 June: Technical Talks

Friday 19 June: Field Trip

For further information please contact the Conference Conveners: Jan Huizenga / Carl  Spandler / Yanbo Cheng / Kaylene Camuti

Or contact the EGRU Administration Officer: Judy Botting

Visit the conference web page or download the conference circular.

Click on the image for a high resolution PDF copy

Queensland’s new Draft Minerals and Coal Reporting Guideline is now available for consultation and feedback by industry.

The new Draft Guideline has been developed in consultation with industry.  It simplifies and streamlines industry reporting requirements, reduces reporting duplication and red-tape, and improves data quality through the use of standardised, reporting templates and units of measure.

The new Draft Guideline has been developed in consultation with industry.  It simplifies and streamlines industry reporting requirements, reduces reporting duplication and red-tape, and improves data quality through the use of standardised, reporting templates and units of measure.

Download a copy of the DRAFT Minerals and Coal Reporting Guideline here.

The new Draft Guideline lists reporting requirements that are already mandatory under existing Regulation, as well as additional information tha can be supplied and is considered good practice to report.

Throughout April and May 2019, officers from the Geological Survey of Queensland will work closely with industry to collect feedback on the draft guideline and accompanying submission templates, and make adjustments as required.

Send your feedback about the DRAFT guideline and submission templates to: geological_info@dnrme.qld.gov.au 

The Draft Guideline is an important step in enabling a future of data driven exploration, where decision making across all aspects of the mineral and coal sectors is aided by accurate, relevant, high quality data and information. Thank you for your ongoing support of the department’s work to modernise the collection of geoscience information and the reporting of activities in Queensland’s mineral and coal sectors.

Tony Knight

Chief Government Geologist 
Geological Survey of Queensland
Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

“The Fallacy of the Deep”

IMEx Consulting is conducting a one-day Exploration Geochemistry workshop focussing on Interactive Data Analysis

Wednesday 6thMarch 2019 at the Transcontinental Hotel, 482 George St, Brisbane.

All participants will need to provide a laptop computer & have ioGAS preloaded (demo version OK). 

The workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Click here for the workshop brochure which includes registration details.  Registrations are requested before Friday 22nd February, 2019.

For further information contact: Mark Arundell.
E: workshop@imex.net.au

Multi-element analysis of geochemical samples is now common practice in mineral exploration. Voluminous data is being generated but potentially is not fully utilised by project geoscientists.

Traditional anomaly definition of geochemical data has tended to focus on the highest numbers in selected target elements. However, in many circumstances the highest numbers may not be the most significant given the geological context.

This workshop focusses on more informative techniques of viewing and visualising geochemical data.  This style of targeting focuses on placing allof the geochemical data into a richer geological context.

This is a “hands-on” workshop illustrating & applying these techniques. The workshop is directed to allgeoscientists who want to extract more from their data.

Mark Arundell has over 30 years’ experience in exploration geology and in the use of multi-element geochemistry to find ore deposits.  Mike Whitbread has over 20 years’ experience as an exploration geochemist working both for major companies & as a consultant.