Australia’s mining industry delivered an unprecedented set of export figures during the December quarter – smashing quarterly performance benchmarks as it sent $13.4 billion worth of metals and coal abroad.

Despite displaying steely resolve to trumpet his campaign promises and verbalise his thoughts, the recurring theme in early stage commentary on the presidency of Donald J. Trump is that of uncertainty.

Are the tumultuous times over for Australian mining’s mid- tier and all those businesses depending on it?

The debate around Western Australian iron ore royalties has raged from the moment Brendon Grylls reassumed leadership of the WA Nationals from Terry Redman in August last year.

There are very few companies within the mining industry that operate the same way as 19th century miners worked many moons ago.

The resources sector has spent the past few years adjusting to the commodity market downturn and all of its implications, but are there signs of life emerging?

Riding high on the tailwinds of global geopolitical and economic uncertainty, Australia’s gold industry has emerged as a pillar of strength in the Australian resources sector’s recovery.

While China’s economic slowdown has contributed to some challenging times for local copper miners recently, continued demand growth out of India could help drive a red metal recovery.

Further exploration has been touted as the key to sustaining Australia’s mining industry success for many years to come.

Western Australia’s Pilbara region is renowned for its dry heat, red dirt and the vast commodity riches it generates as Australia’s iron ore heartland.