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Investor enthusiasm for battery metals commodities dominates discussion as Australia's Diggers and Dealers mining forum shrugs attracts its highest delegate numbers since 2011, despite COVID-19 restrictions keeping hundreds of potential interstate and international attendees away.

(DIGGERS AND DEALERS) Australia's premier mining conference in the Goldfields capital Kalgoorlie balances the traditional industry strengths with new progressive and responsive attitudes.
John Feary

Mining forum opens with a warning that sabre-rattling could lead to a new cold war with China that poses the greater threat to the world than COVID or global warming. John Feary reports from the Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum

The annual Diggers and Dealers mining forum celebrates its 30th anniversary this week thanks to extraordinary resilience and determination that reflect its venue, the rip-roaring Western Australian mining capital of Kalgoorlie.

A damning report on the state of infrastructure in the United States, with critical structures being pushed to the limit and one in three bridges on interstates in need of rehabilitation or replacement, is another indictment of the lack of action by legislators that is also holding back the mining sector.

Minerals Council drives renewed focus on Khumbul’ekhaya campaign strategies as South African stakeholders tackle significant drop-off from mining sector’s recent record health and safety performance.

Political spitefulness leaves Australia’s mining sector, the source of over half the national export income, on the outer in government decision-making circles.

The strict COVID-19 protection and containment protocols adopted by the Australian minerals industry in response to the global pandemic are being tested by the detection of a positive infection that has triggered the shutdown of Newmont Australia’s Granites mine.

Companies across all industry sectors willing to take up the challenge to overcome one of the major hurdles to the decarbonisation of mining fleets and tackling the climate challenge have been given an extra month to show how to overcome the significant loss of productivity caused by current stationary recharging systems.

The global mining sector must do more to eliminate fatalities and achieve its goal of zero harm, the International Council of Mining and Metals has commented while releasing its 2020 Safety Performance report collating occupational deaths among the 28 major mining and metals companies that make up its corporate membership.


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