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Minerals and mining stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Minerals & Mining sector:

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

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

$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

Pay accord at Bell Bay smelter

Amid severe job losses in Australia’s manufacturing sector, the Australian Workers Union agreed in February to a workplace agreement with Rio Tinto Ltd that will enhance job security at the Bell Bay aluminium smelter.

12 March 2014, Issue 147

Shree exports first ore shipment

Shree Minerals sent its first consignment of 42,000 tonnes of iron ore to China in January.

11 February 2014, Issue 146

Grange defines huge new ore lode

The discovery of a massive new lode of iron ore promises to extend the projected life of the Savage River mine. The mine’s operator, Burnie-based Grange Resources, has identified 107 million tonnes of magnetite at Long Plains, 6km from its existing open pits.

11 February 2014, Issue 146

Mining machine digs up export interest

Kingston business Terratec is expecting an export surge through sales of its newly developed Universal Boxhole Boring Machine (UB1000). If you would like to read about Tasmanian-developed mining machinery that is selling globally, please click on the headline.

13 August 2013, Issue 141

Miners uncovering jobs, exports

The mining sector has emerged as Tasmania’s biggest employer after generating more than 2,000 new direct jobs over two years. If you would like to read about the new mining upsurge and its spin-off at UTAS, please click on the headline.

9 April 2013, Issue 137

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