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Groundbreaking move

Monday, 12th March, 2012

Aboriginal Land Council looks at mining

By Paula Doran

In a groundbreaking move, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) has applied for a mining exploration licence that covers over 300,000 square kilometres of land south east of White Cliffs.

The application is one of three the group has applied for in the state, and is the first time a Land Council has attempted to step into the mining industry in such a way.

In all three applications the Land Council is searching for petroleum and gas.

Talk of the town

Tuesday, 28th February, 2012

WESTERN FOCUS: Minister for Western NSW, Kevin Humphries, and NSW Minister for Local Government Don Page speaking yesterday. WESTERN FOCUS: Minister for Western NSW, Kevin Humphries, and NSW Minister for Local Government Don Page speaking yesterday.

Western Division conference draws Ministers

 By Erica Visser

 Mining uranium in NSW and recognition of local government were among several big issues highlighted during day one of the Western Division Councils Conference yesterday.

The annual event is being hosted in Broken Hill this year and will continue at the Civic Centre today with an address by the NSW Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay.

The Western Division encompasses 13 shires and discusses a broad range of topics important to Far Western NSW.

Perilya embraces changing technology

Tuesday, 21st February, 2012

ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY: Perilya projects superintendent Dean Johnstone with one of the control sets used for remote mining. ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY: Perilya projects superintendent Dean Johnstone with one of the control sets used for remote mining.

They may be plumbing the historic depths in one of Australia’s most historic mine leases, but Perilya’s miners are riding a wave of technological advances which would make their forefathers gasp.

The picture of the miner with pick and shovel, laboring at the face of an ore body must now be relegated to folklore and history, because in the caverns deep underneath Broken Hill there’s a whole new world opening up.

Picture a massive loader worth a few million dollars deep in the dark belly of the earth, then add to that picture a miner with almost video-game like controls and two television screens - now put that miner in a clean, air conditioned office above ground and you have the miner of the not-too-distant future.

Radium Hill revisited

Thursday, 16th February, 2012

HILLS OF PROMISE: Geological expert Trevor Dart surveys the new land of promise for a whole new mining sector around Broken Hill. HILLS OF PROMISE: Geological expert Trevor Dart surveys the new land of promise for a whole new mining sector around Broken Hill.

Opinion among politicians and the mining fraternity that Broken Hill will host a new wave of uranium exploration is not a surprise to geo-enthusiast Trevor Dart.

The science teacher and geology expert, whose forefathers racked up decades’ worth of underground foraging in the North Mine, says there are known uranium deposits within a 100 kilometre radius of the Silver City - and now that the long-time ban has been lifted on exploration, a new chapter in the region’s history is about to unfold.

He agrees that uranium deposits could further develop the area’s prosperity and says there were known deposits on the surface of hill country to the west of the city in the Thackaringa Hills and in the basement rocks underneath the Mundi Mundi Plains.

The nation’s first uranium mine was at Radium Hill, west of the city in SA. It closed down in 1961 but was once a bustling community of up to 1000 people who helped extract almost one million tonnes of davidite-bearing ore.

‘Wheels of industry’ more than a saying

Friday, 27th January, 2012

BIG WHEELS: The number of heavy machines and big tyres coming into the country shows how well the mining companies are doing, according to machinery importers. BIG WHEELS: The number of heavy machines and big tyres coming into the country shows how well the mining companies are doing, according to machinery importers.

By Paula Doran

It seems that the number of big trucks and tyres imported to Australia is a gauge of strength of the mining industry.  

That’s according to expert heavy machinery importers, Skelton Sherborne.

Granted, it’s not the usual way to perform a health check on an industry or even, given the significance of the mining sector to the national economy, a whole country’s ability to ride-out a tricky economic year ahead. But it does make sense.

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