Article – Rio in talks to sell uranium to India

by 22 January 2015

14 January 2015 Vicky Validakis Australian Mining

As part of Rio Tinto’s plan to do more business with India, the company is in talks to sell the country its uranium.

But CEO Sam Walsh also flagged Rio’s intention of striking a uranium deal with the country.

Last year the Australian government announced a uranium supply deal with India and Walsh said once the proper processes are in place there is a clear opportunity “for us [...]

Article – China scraps decade-old rare earths export quotas

by 20 January 2015

6 January 2015 Cecilia Jamasmie

China has scrapped its controversial quotas on rare earths exports and is likely to replace them with a resources tax, eliminating a policy that sparked a global trade dispute and led some countries to reduce their reliance on Chinese supplies.

The long-awaited policy change, announced by the Ministry of Commerce on Dec.31, comes after Beijing lost a World Trade Organization (WTO) case, as the body ruled that the nation had failed [...]

Article – Dairy museum operator thanks Australia’s richest woman for milk powder plant investment

by 20 January 2015

6 January 2015 Marty McCarthy ABC Rural

The president of a Queensland dairy museum wants to thank Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, for bringing new hope to the state’s struggling dairy sector.

The mining magnate recently announced plans to invest $500 million in the South Burnett region, by buying farm land and building a dairy processing plant.

The Hope Dairies project is expected to be Australia’s biggest dairy operation and aims to produce infant milk formula for [...]

Article – Beef export record busted

by 20 January 2015

6 January 2015 North Queensland Register

AUSTRALIAN beef and veal exports for 2014 registered a new record, at 1.29 million tonnes shipped weight – a staggering 17 per cent above the previous high recorded just 12 months ago.

Underpinned by the highest adult cattle slaughter since 1978, and strong international demand, shipments during December were 115,457 tonnes swt, with the US remaining the largest market, taking 40,815 tonnes swt, followed by Japan (26,845 tonnes swt), [...]

Article – Gympie set for year of opportunity in 2015

by 20 January 2015

6 January 2015 The Gympie Times

SCHOOL is out for another three weeks but for thousands of Gympie region workers it was back to business yesterday after a hot, humid Christmas-New Year break.

As rain fell on our drought- declared countryside, rural, business and civic leaders looked ahead to the new year with optimism and excitement.

This year will be a momentous one politically, with the election of a new mayor and new State MP, [...]

Article – Australia under pressure to offer incentives to Chinese investors

by 20 January 2015

6 January 2015 Qin Dexing ECNS

Federal and State governments in Australia are coming under increasing pressure to offer incentives for Chinese companies to invest throughout the country, particularly in northern Australia.

The group AustCham, which has long promoted relations between the two countries, said that Chinese projects on Australian shores need more”soft support”in the wake of recent free trade agreements.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Chinese president Xi Jinping signed an historic free [...]

Article – TFS brokers $40 million Indian sandalwood plantation deal for the Northern Territory

by 20 January 2015

6 January 2015 Lisa Herbert ABC Rural

The area planted to Indian sandalwood in the Northern Territory will soon increase by 399 hectares.

Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) has secured a $40 million deal with a US investor to extend its plantation development in the Douglas Daly region.

TFS already has 3,000 hectares planted under sandalwood in the Territory.

Spokesman Quentin Megson says water licences for irrigation have been approved and new planting will begin within [...]

National Mining Day Lunch held in Darwin NT on Saturday, 22nd November 2014

by 16 January 2015

SBA Gala Dinner Held in Darwin NT on Saturday, 22nd November 2014

by 15 January 2015

Article – Galilee Basin water project a ‘win-win’ for miners and farmers

by 9 January 2015

6 January 2014 Isobel Roe and Carmen Brown ABC Rural

Approval is being sought for a major river diversion project in north Queensland, which aims to provide a reliable source of water for miners and irrigations.

Galilee Water is driving the development, which aims to divert water from the Cape and Campaspe Rivers, south of Charters Towers, to supply mining companies and pastoralists.

If approved, diversion channels will transfer up to 35,000 megalitres per day [...]