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Hunter Region Branch Newsletter July 2021

Hunter Region Branch
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Read the 8th Edition of the Hunter Region Branch Newsletter.

Welcome Message from the Chair


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Dear Branch members,

Welcome back to the Hunter Region Branch Newsletter. We look forward to our key face-to-face event for the year, the Jameson Distinguished Lecture scheduled for 11th November. I encourage you to register and use this opportunity to get to know other members of the Branch.  We also hope to be able to recognise some long-serving AusIMM members at this event.  Additionally, in August we will head to Armidale, a visit I am personally very much looking forward to.

Welcome to the new members noted in this edition, we do hope you are able to join in events soon so that we can meet and grow as a Branch. Despite the ongoing background uncertainty, a number of activities continue and the AusIMM is in a great position to keep “Leading the way for people in resources”. With conferences, both in-person and on-line, and educational opportunities as key levers, your career in resources is the key focus.

In other aspects of AusIMM activities, members of our Branch continue to make a significant contribution, for example to the Consultants’ Society and WIMnet activities.

Please stay in touch, and remember to join us at the Jameson Lecture.

Kind regards,

Hennie du Plooy

Chair AusIMM Hunter Region Branch

Upcoming Events – Hunter Region 2021

Wednesday 18th August - Tech talk – Armidale. Gold recovery at the Hillgrove mine and the history of the Rio Tinto Mine in Spain.

Thursday 11th November - Jameson Distinguished Lecture, Newcastle Museum. Topic: Gekko and innovation – lessons learnt from COVID-19. See details below.

More tech talks are in the planning stage subject to COVID restrictions, and we hope to also have a President’s Dinner before the end of the year.

New Members

Congratulations and welcome to the following new members to Hunter Region Branch. We hope to see you at our upcoming events.

Daryl Robinson – Member

Sian Miller – Member (Reinstatement)

Bethany Bent – Associate (Reinstatement)

Catherine Disney – Student (Reinstatement)

John Ballantyne – Member

Steven Hayes – Associate

Andrew Roxburgh – Fellow (Reinstatement)

Sarah Mousley – Associate

Kevin Barber - Member

Student Chapter report

On the 29th April, the AusIMM Newcastle Student Chapter hosted its annual Students Meet Industry Night at the Newcastle Museum. This was a successful event with around 30 students and industry representatives attending. It was great for students to hear more about the graduate and vacation programs on offer but also to learn more about the exciting pathways a career in mining can take!

Thank you to our sponsors Yancoal, Australian Coal Prep Society and Groundsearch for attending and sponsoring the event, and to representatives from Glencore and the Geological Survey of NSW for attending.

Samantha Parkinson

Student President

Successful WIMnet networking event – Gunnedah

On 24/06/2021 the WIMnet Northwest group hosted a networking event, our first one in 2 years due to COVID restrictions. I'm pleased to say the event was a great success with 15 attendees on the night from various mining companies in the area, with one of our highest number of attendees coming from Boggabri Coal.

We saw some new faces at this event, who were welcomed with open arms. Also, the return of our Northwest regulars gave everyone the chance to catch-up with old friends and make new ones over finger food and drinks. The event inspired some ladies to join our Northwest committee, which is encouraging to our current committee members and will bring fresh ideas for gatherings to the group.

We thank everyone for attending and hope to see you all at our next event, which will be coming up this spring.

Veronica Towndrow-Bree

Upcoming Tech talk – 18 August - Armidale

Our annual tech talks in Armidale resume after COVID restrictions. This year Red River Resources Ltd will present on gold recovery at the recently re-opened Hillgrove Mine. There will also be a talk on the history of the original Rio Tinto Mine in Spain.

When: Wednesday 18th August.

Where: Wicklow Hotel, Armidale.

More details and registration invitations will be sent out soon.


Upcoming Jameson Distinguished Lecture – 11 November - Newcastle

In Person Event - Thursday 11 November, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

The 8th Annual Jameson Distinguished Lecture will be held at Newcastle Museum.

Topic: Gekko and innovation – lessons learnt from COVID-19.

When COVID-19 hit, the local medical community looked to Gekko to design ventilators as a back-up plan. Gekko design and projects team realised that their core competencies and capabilities, developed over 25 years in the mining supply sector, were ideally suited to this challenge.

Technologically Gekko’s world class capability in hydraulics, pneumatics and control systems meant it could design a unit from first principles using a very limited supply chain and creating new components where necessary.

Speaker: Sandy Gray, Co-founder and Technical Director of Gekko Systems

When: Thursday, 11 November 2021, 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Where: Newcastle Museum, McIntyre Theatrette, 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle

Cost: AusIMM Member $0.00, Non-Member $0.00

Included: Refreshments – will be available prior to the address.

More details and register here.


Consulting Practice Webinars

Hunter Region Branch members have been presenting some of the webinars in a current series. The Consulting Practice webinars form part of a series of six webinars across the topics covered in the Minerals Consultants Handbook (MCH). The six webinars cover three topics each, encompassing all 18 topics in the Handbook.

The first three webinars are available through the video library on the AusIMM website.  The next two presentations will be made available in coming months.  The final two webinars can be accessed through the conferences and events portal on the AusIMM website after dates have been set.

The first webinar dealt with the broad issues for establishing and managing consulting practices and businesses, in particular with reference to the specific issues in the mining sector, current practices, trends and challenges of consulting generally across the mining sector.

The second webinar dealt with the broad issues for business operations, including issues relating to business planning, financial matters and risk management. Each presenter focused on specific issues in the mining sector and current practices, trends and challenges of consulting generally across the mining sector. 

The third webinar dealt with the consultant and client relationship.

The fourth webinar occurred in late May and covered reporting and technology issues.  Hunter consultants from GPPH & Associates presented the two technology chapters.  The topics were: Chapter 9 Reporting; Chapter 11 Mining Technology Software for Consultants; and Chapter 17 Information Technology Issues.

The final two webinars are currently being organised and will also feature presentations from Hunter consultants.

Webinar 5: Disputes and Liability - Find out more and register here.

Webinar 6: Competent Practice

Geoff Pitkin

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