While another year of volatile and declining commodity prices sees most junior mining and exploration companies still doing it tough, a 2015 survey revealed it is gold juniors who have the brightest prospects heading into the new year.

Sixty per cent of mining equipment, technology and services (METS) players are concerned about the current state of the market, according to a recent Austmine survey.

The options for companies with little money and no access to capital are cut and dried – they either disintegrate or look for new opportunities to make money.

As 2015 winds down and once the Christmas party haze wears off, it will be time to look to the year ahead.

Coal will remain a key part of the global energy mix for many years to come, according to Greg Evans, Executive Director - Coal, Minerals Council of Australia.

BHP Billiton took out a series of awards at the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) Indigenous Awards night for its commitment to training and employing indigenous people.

On the speaking circuit in 2015 a new rhetoric has emerged.

Tough would be the most appropriate word to describe the current climate for capital raising within the junior resources sector.

Mining rental companies may have to start targetting the civil construction industry, diversifying away from a reliance on mining in an effort to survive the downturn.

Continuing tough economic conditions mean capital costs and spending decisions are coming under greater scrutiny, especially for the mining industry, which is working through difficult times as investment growth slows significantly.

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