Resources innovation supporting better economic, social and environmental outcomes in regional Australia
Innovations for regional development
There are significant opportunities to develop new Australian regions through resources. The challenge is to unlock this potential in a way that’s sustainable long-term and which benefits all stakeholders.
Uncovering new frontiers
The world’s largest mineral exploration collaboration is challenging perceptions of Australia as a mature destination with few opportunities for discoveries.
Tiny organisms – or microbes – are being explored for mine water treatment at Evolution Mining’s Mt Rawdon gold operation, where the company plans to adopt a wetland-like system to remove contaminants.
Into the deep earth
CSIRO and Geoscience Australia are bringing together multi-disciplinary teams to build the nation’s world-leading science expertise and tools to predict where deep orebodies lie.
Assessing real value
With seemingly endless options, identifying the right technology solution to provide value to given mine operation is a challenge. A new solution that forecasts the value, risk and business case of new mining technologies could aid decision-making and help to speed up adoption by Australia’s mining industry.
Automated groundwater monitoring
Heathgate Resources is trialing a world-first automated groundwater monitoring and reporting system that will save time and money, while paving the way for a new standard in environmental best practice for in situ mining.
The remote, resource-rich McArthur Basin has been the focus of a three-year research collaboration between CSIRO and the Northern Territory Geological Survey that aims to unlock the secrets of the region’s geology and attract commercial exploration activity.
Pilbara goes for gold
When conglomerate gold nuggets were discovered in the Pilbara in 2017, it sparked an old time gold rush. Geologists are now focused on understanding how the gold formed to determine whether or not the region, best known for its iron ore, could be further developed for gold.