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‘Diggers and Dealers of the East’ to highlight mining industry’s resurgence amid record $230 billion exports

 Amid record resources and energy exports, the Australian mining industry’s bright outlook and the potential next wave of projects will be highlighted at the so-called “Diggers and Dealers of the East,” the Noosa Mining and Exploration Investor Conference.

Bringing together an estimated record 1,000 attendees from the mining, energy and exploration sectors, the July 18-20 event will showcase approximately 60 companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) with the potential to become Australia’s future generators of new mines, jobs and investment.

Now an established part of Australia’s mining and energy sector, the conference organised by Brisbane-based NM Events will be held for the eighth consecutive year at Peppers Noosa Resort, situated in the heart of the popular tourist destination at Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

“Australia’s mining and energy sector is enjoying a resurgence, amid predictions by the Australian Government forecaster of a record high $230 billion worth of resource and energy exports for fiscal 2018,” said NM Events’ Phil Dickinson.

“Amid the rapid growth of new sectors such as battery minerals and the rise of Australia as a leading exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Noosa conference will again put the spotlight on some of the emerging companies that could become our future major miners, ensuring our industry retains its place as a world leader.”

The industry’s transformation is shown by the Australian Government’s March 2018 “Resources and Energy Quarterly,” which predicts that the next five years alone will deliver more than $1 trillion in resources and energy export income for the nation, compared to annual average export earnings of $72 billion in the decade prior to the mining boom.

The latest data also points to an upturn in minerals exploration on the back of stronger global economic growth and rising commodity prices. The December 2017 quarter saw exploration expenditure rise by 7% and net investing cash flows more than double compared to the previous quarter, along with 12 Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), according to the latest “BDO Explorer Quarterly Cash Update.”

Keynote speakers at the Noosa conference comprise expert commentators and leaders from across the Queensland, Australian and international resources/energy sector, including Ian Macfarlane, CEO, Queensland Resources Council; Adrian Prendergast, Morgans Senior Analyst; Joe Mazumdar, Co-editor and Analyst at Exploration Insights; Daniela Cambone, Editor-in-chief, Kitco News; and Richard Offer, CEO, Aetas.

Amid increasing international demand for Australia’s resource and energy exports, approximately 60 ASX-listed companies will outline their future growth plans, including base and precious metals, battery mineral, oil and gas and drilling services companies:

  • Base metals: Aus Tin Mining, Hammer Metals, Heron Resources, Kasbah Resources, Legend Mining, Metals X, Panoramic Resources, Peel Mining, Sunstone Metals
  • Battery minerals: Altura Mining, Bass Metals, Battery Minerals, First Graphene, Infinity Lithium, Lake Resources, Liontown Resources, Renascor Resources, Sayona Mining, Technology Metals
  • Bulk materials: BCI Minerals, Carpentaria Resources, Cassini Resources, Mayur Resources, Metro Mining, Mineral Deposits
  • Energy: Armour Energy, Bass Oil, Blue Energy, Brookside Energy, Central Petroleum, Comet Ridge, Cooper Energy, FAR, Genex Power, Otto Energy, Real Energy, Triangle Energy, Vimy Resources
  • Precious metals: Blackham Resources, Cygnus Gold, Egan Street Resources, Emmerson Resources, Explaurum, Gold Road Resources, Kingston Resources, Laguna Gold, Metal Bank, Orion Minerals, Pioneer Resources, Red5, Resolute Mining, Southern Gold, Westgold Resources
  • Various: Antipa Minerals (gold/copper), Apollo Minerals (tungsten/gold), Arufura Resources (rare earths), DGR Global, Highlands Pacific (nickel/cobalt), PolarX (copper/gold), Stavely Minerals (copper/gold).

NM Events’ Dickinson said the company presenters had been carefully selected, amid intense demand from ASX-listed energy and mining companies that had exceeded the venue’s capacity.

“Noosa Mining continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted by the quality line-up we have assembled for the 2018 event. A thriving resource and energy sector is vital to Queensland’s and Australia’s future and support from investors and other stakeholders is essential to achieve its potential growth,” he said.

Registration for the conference is now open and is available via its website, http://www.noosaminingconference.com.au/

Conference sponsors and supporters include ASX Limited, Bizzell Capital, Computershare, KPMG, Morgans Stockbroking, Tourism Noosa and Republic PR.

The Noosa conference follows NM Events’ successful debut of its Australian Energy & Battery Minerals Investor Conference, held March 14-15 at Brisbane’s Royal on the Park hotel, which attracted 32 ASX-listed companies and more than 600 delegates. Next year’s event is planned for March 27-28 at the same venue.

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