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Minerals and mining stories

The following stories relate toTasmania’s Minerals & Mining sector:

Grant builds hope at Mt Lyell

Edition 183_Mt_Lyell

Mt Lyell, the mine that once had a bigger budget than the State of Tasmania, could be producing copper again by late 2018.

1 May 2017, Edition 183

Nickel mine sale falls through

A proposed sale of the mothballed Avebury Nickel Mine has fallen through. Mine owner MMG, which had entered a purchase deal with Avebury Nickel Mines Ltd, said the final $32.5 million needed to seal the acquisition had not been paid by a cut-off date on 30 June. A sale and subsequent restart of mining had been expected to generate 200 jobs.

5 August 2015, Edition 163

Miner secures iron ore lease

Forward Mining has been granted a lease for iron ore extraction at Rogetta, near Burnie, raising hopes for 200 construction jobs in the hard-hit region. The mine is expected to produce a million tonnes of iron ore each year and to increase Tasmania’s annual iron ore exports to 3.8 million tonnes. Once operational it would employ 100 people. “It’s hoped Forward Mining can start construction next year with operations commencing in early 2017,” the Minister for Resources, Paul Harriss, said in a statement in June.

9 July 2015, Edition 162

New ore body may revive Mt Lyell

Queenstown’s century-old Mt Lyell mine could reopen and start producing copper ore again by late 2016. Operator Copper Mines of Tasmania announced in May that its Indian parent company, Vedanta, had approved work on a final feasibility stage for a planned move back into production utilising a recently discovered ore body that is closer to the surface than the historic workings. About 200 people lost their jobs at the mine when it went into care and maintenance last year following the deaths of three workers.

2 June 2015, Edition 161

Jobs spark up in Bell Bay power deal

Edition 161 Bell Bay Aluminium ... looking at expansion.

Contractors will have extra work and 1,500 jobs will be secured through a new power deal announced by Bell Bay Aluminium (BBA) and Hydro Tasmania in May.

2 June 2015, Edition 161

Mt Lyell ceases copper mining

Edtion 152 Will Hodgman in Queenstown … heavy responsibilities. Image courtesy of The Mercury

The Mt Lyell copper mine – an enterprise that once boasted a bigger budget than the State of Tasmania – was closed in July.

30 July 2014, Edition 152

Tarkine ‘needs a strategic vision’

Edition 151 A giant myrtle in the Tarkine. Image courtesy of Rob Blakers

By Bob Blakers, wilderness photographer and environmental activist.

Wilderness photographer and environmental activist Rob Blakers (a Brand Tasmania Partner) responds to last month’s article on Tasmanian devils and the Tarkine, arguing that the area is far more than just devils and warning about the cumulative impact of multiple new mines.

4 July 2014, Edition 151

Science derails Tarkine alarmism

Edition 150 Nick Mooney image from ABC

One of Tasmania’s most respected wildlife workers, Nick Mooney, has debunked claims by environmental activists that two new mines are endangering the Tasmanian devil population in the Tarkine.

10 June 2014, Edition 150

$3.86m backing for ore transport

Venture Minerals’ yet-to-be-approved Riley iron ore mine, near Tullah, will be a key beneficiary of a $3.86 million Government package to upgrade road and rail infrastructure in the north-west.

12 March 2014, Issue 147

Mine tragedies haunt Queenstown

The historic Copper Mines of Tasmania operation remained closed during February following two underground accidents that resulted in three deaths.

12 March 2014, Issue 147

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11 December 2017, Edition 190

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