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Three oil shale applications lodged in NW Qld

On Tuesday, Axiom Mining lodged three applications for oil shale exploration permits in northern Queensland between Croydon and Julia Creek. The company claims oil shale lies between 40 and 120...

Pilbara to get renewable energy boost

Pilbara mining communities look set to be the biggest beneficiaries of a plan to build two large-scale renewable energy plants. The federal government-funded program is expected to generate 150...

Government closes overseas workers loop hole

In a bid to close a glaring loop hole in immigration law, the Gillard government has moved to extend the application of the migration zone to Australia’s offshore resources industry. Currently...

Approvals duplication blamed for drop in exploration

The productivity of Australia’s resource exploration industry is falling, according to a draft report — Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration — released by the Productivity Commission...

LNG demands labour; NT to experience skills shortages

A new labour market index launched by national resource industry employer group AMMA shows construction labour requirements on Australia’s mining, energy and infrastructure projects will peak at...

Petroleum project approvals to be streamlined

Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray today announced the Government’s intention to change the way major petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters are assessed and approved. Currently...

100th Anniversary of School of Mines

Curtin University is celebrating three milestones in its Department of Spatial Sciences: 100 years of Mine Surveying, 50 years of Surveying and 25 years of Geographic Information Science. The oldest...

Former Foes Launch Pilbara Iron Ore Union Alliance

A new alliance between the AWU and the CFMEU Mining Division is set to dramatically boost the industrial strength of union members working in WA’s Pilbara iron ore mining industry, claims AWU...