There was special significance attached to the presentation of the prestigious Craig Oliver Award to Botswana-focused MOD Resources at the RIU Explorers Conference in Fremantle in February.

For almost half a century the port in the name Port Augusta has been symbolic – a legacy of the city’s formation and growth through the 1800s and its importance as an early shipping hub for commodities including copper, coal, wool and wheat.

From the Bronze Age to the Information Age, minerals and metals have helped produce widespread innovation and continue to contribute to many aspects of contemporary life.

Dubbed the most hostile environment on earth, the deep ocean is a vast and daunting place.

What do you rate as the most serious issue currently facing the mining industry in Australia? The state of global affairs, commodity prices or the emergence of disruptive technology, perhaps?

Mining has been a big part of Australia’s history and economic development since the mid-1800s, with the regulatory landscape only beginning to catch up relatively recently, especially when it comes to rehabilitation and environmental considerations. 

It has been a prolonged and frustrating drought, but the long-sought turning point for those working with nickel may finally be around the corner.

Ongoing and sophisticated greenfield mineral exploration is vital to the longevity of the mining industry, yet nationally Australia’s mining sector is experiencing a chronic shortage in greenfield investment and the discoveries it has the potential to uncover, according to Western Services Principal Dr Jon Hronsky.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Greenland?

Working in mining is like playing a team sport, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers Managing Consultant Andrew Talbot.