Article – Fracking ‘does not pose risk to water supplies’: Scientists find contamination in highly-publicised cases was from leaky drilling wells

by 25 September 2014

17 September 2014 Tom Leonard The Daily Mail

Scientists have undermined a central plank of the anti-fracking lobby’s case by showing that the controversial drilling process does not poison drinking water.

Vociferous protesters against hydraulic fracturing in Britain base much of their opposition on claims that the process poses an environmental danger.

Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into shale rock deep underground, releasing rich deposits of oil and natural gas [...]

Opinion – The end of Australian thermal coal? Not likely

by 25 September 2014

17 September 2014 Cole Latimer Australian Mining

China is bringing in new regulations to raise the quality threshold for imported coal, and many are predicting that this may be one of the final nails in the coffin of coal – hardly.

This move by China was not entirely unexpected, as it seeks to improve its failing coal industry, and may even work to Australia’s advantage.

Currently more than two thirds of Chinese coal mining companies [...]

Article – New boom for meat exporters

by 25 September 2014

18 September 2014 Matthew Cranston Queensland Country Life

TOURING an abattoir in western China last month, the managing director of cattle exporter Frontier International Agri Hamish Browning was surprised. The facility, which has the capacity to process 800 head of cattle per day, had not a beast in sight.

“I was told it hadn’t been used since 2010,” Mr Browning says, “they just haven’t been able to get cattle.”

The murmurings that China’s beef processing [...]

Article – Korea Development Bank will take a 5% stake in the Roy Hill iron ore mine

by 25 September 2014

17 September 2014 Mining Bulletin

Korea Development Bank will take a 5% stake in the Roy Hill iron ore mine in Australia, in partnership with domestic pension fund firms and insurance companies. Given POSCO holds a 12.5% stake in the mine, Korean firms will take the position of a second largest shareholder if the deal goes through as planned.

The state run bank will purchase a 5% stake in Roy Hill Holdings at the cost [...]

Article – Chinese investment fund to tip billions into Australian farm projects

by 25 September 2014

17 September 2014 Catherine McAloon ABC Rural

Two Chinese investment groups have established a $3 billion fund to invest in Australian agriculture, as Australia edges closer to securing a free trade deal with China.

The fund, known as the Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Cooperative Development Fund, is a joint partnership between state-owned Beijing Agricultural Investment Fund and the Shenzen-based Yuhu group.

AUDIO: Chinese investors are buying into Australian farming projects (ABC Rural)

It will focus on [...]

Article – Chinese Fund Set to Invest in Australia’s Agriculture Industry

by 25 September 2014

18 September 2014 The Cattle Site

The Chinese-government owned Beijing Agricultural Investment Fund has committed to spend $2.7 billion on Australian dairy, beef, lamb and aquaculture industries, local media reported Tuesday.

The Australian newspaper reported that Chinese investment in Australian agriculture was set to boom, and the latest news had been warmly welcomed by local farmers.

The announcement establishes the Beijing Australia Agricultural Resource Co-operative Development Fund in a joint venture with Yuhu Agriculture Investment.

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Article – Australia set to dominate LNG market, expert says

by 25 September 2014

19 September 2014 Northern Rivers Echo

A RESOURCE industry expert believes Australia will become the world’s biggest exporter of LNG in three years.

Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association eastern Australia chief Paul Fennelly said Queensland would begin exporting LNG later this year for the first time in the state’s history.

The man in charge of the peak industry association representing Australia’s oil and gas industry was speaking at the state government-organised Major Projects Conference in [...]

Article – Twiggy bets on China food boom

by 25 September 2014

19 September 2014 Philip Wen The Land

AS China’s hunger for Australia’s resources fades, dealmakers bet on its growing appetite for our food. Mining billionaires Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart are among those seeking to tap the new China boom.

Liu Yonghao, the chairman of agribusiness giant New Hope Group, is often dubbed China’s richest chicken farmer.

Now a multi-billionaire, Mr Liu frequently references his humble roots. He and his three brothers quit their government [...]

Article – Local governments cautiously welcome inquiry

by 25 September 2014

10 September 2014 Ben Leahy Pilbara News and North West Telegraph

Pilbara local governments have cautiously welcomed a parliamentary inquiry calling for studies into special economic zones in northern Australia and new measures to discourage companies from setting up fly-in, fly-out workforces.

The Federal committee’s Pivot North report, tabled last week, made more than 40 recommendations to boost economic growth in northern Australia.

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett said the “very promising report” [...]

CSIRO Report – Australian attitudes toward mining

by 24 September 2014

September 2014 Kieren Moffat, Airong Zhang  & Naomi Boughen CSIRO

Mining is a big part of life in Australia, but the relationship  between mining and society is not an easy one. As Australia’s  national science agency, CSIRO is keen to understand more  about what Australians think about mining.  Importantly, we want to understand how the impacts  and benefits of mining, and the relationship between the  mining industry, government and society, affects the level  of acceptance [...]