When Past Meets Present, And There's An Explosion

A series of events playing out in Western Australia's Pilbara region at the moment looks set to have a significant role in changing the way both social and official mining licences are granted. The story thus far involves a large corporation and 48,000 years of indigenous heritage. Ironically, the Goliath involved in this tussle has been warning th...
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Coronavirus Covid-19 And What It Currently Means For The Global Mining Industry

​ It's a photo of an airport hall in an airport somewhere in the world. The seats in the departure lounge are packed with FIFO mining personnel waiting to board their flight home / back to work. Nothing out of the ordinary, you might assume. Except that this is a photo taken during one of the most extraordinary global health crises of the modern er...
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Local Content Policies - Do They Work?

​ When mining companies can clearly demonstrate a project will provide tangible benefits for local communities, they're far more likely to obtain a social licence to operate that project. However, as we pointed out recently in another article, technological advances that lead to increasing automation of local mining operations will potentially redu...
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​Australia's Pilbara – A Sense Of Community?

We read and hear a lot about the effects of FIFO work on the workers themselves but what about the effects of a transitory population on some of the towns and regions where these workers are based.  This is the first in a series where we take a look at the FIFO 'scene' from the other side of the equation.  From the perspective of the comm...
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Mining And Its Impact On Local Communities

The mining industry impacts significantly on local communities economically, socially and environmentally. A social licence to operate should ensure these impacts are positive, and clearly understood by the communities. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the ways in which mining activities can impact on local communities. Mining activi...
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