Minerals Alert July 2007

  1. Onshore Energy Security Program (OESP) - new website and Five Year Plan
  2. New edition of Australian Mines and Mineral Deposits - selected Commodities and Operating Status map
  3. Australia's Identified Mineral Resources 2007 (AIMR) - release of commodity assessment data
  4. Onshore Energy Security Program update
  5. Thomson Regional Geochemical Survey
  6. Australian mineral exploration growing strongly
  7. Update on geophysical data releases
  8. Geoscience Australia website redevelopment
  9. About Email Alert

1. Onshore Energy Security Program (OESP) - new website and Five Year Plan

New OESP web pages are now available with general information on the program, summaries of current and planned surveys and recent presentations. Development of individual OESP project web pages has begun, with the first being the Geothermal Energy Project. Others will follow soon.

As well as the new pages, Geoscience Australia has released a Five Year Plan for the OESP which commenced in August 2006. A summary of the budget, principles of the program, consultation, objectives, outputs, program governance and structure and communication can be found in Part 1 of the plan, while an outline of the plan of activities for each of the five years, and a description of where some of the major datasets will be acquired, including radiometric, seismic reflection, airborne electromagnetic and geochemical data is contained in Part 2. There is a brief description of the national and regional projects in Part 3. The national projects are designed to identify potentail sources of uranium, geothermal, onshore hydrocarbons and thorium. Summaries are also provided for the first four regional projects in Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia.

For further information, email Roger Skirrow; or phone +61 (0) 2 6249 9442.

2. New edition of Australian Mines and Mineral Deposits - selected Commodities and Operating Status map

A new edition of the Australian Mines and Mineral Deposits - selected Commodities and Operating Status 1:5 million scale map - has been released. This edition has been released on three bases - as geo-regions, magnetic anomaly and gravity images. Copies of the map may be downloaded from the Geoscience Australia website.

For further information, email Mike Huleatt; or phone +61 (0)2 6249 9087.

3. Australia's Identified Mineral Resources 2007 (AIMR) - release of commodity assessment data

The latest mineral resources assessment data for Australia, which includes solid fuels (coal and uranium), are now on the Geoscience Australia website. The data are available as a preliminary version ahead of the analysis and review of commodities, resource life and exploration, which is published annually by Geoscience Australia. The publication is scheduled to be released online by September.

For further information, email Aden McKay; or phone +61 (0) 2 6249 9230.

4. Onshore Energy Security Program update

Data acquisition is underway for three national programs focussed on onshore energy commodities - geothermal, hydrocarbon and uranium. The projects, which include the continent-wide radiometric survey and the National Geochemical Survey of Australia, will be supported by targeted regional projects in specific areas over two to three years. So far four main regional project areas have been identified. They are:

  • the Mt Isa-Georgetown-Charters Towers region in Queensland;
  • the Gawler-Curnamona-Mt Painter region in South Australia;
  • the Pine Creek-Tanami-McArthur-Arunta-Amadeus region in the Northern Territory and parts of Western Australia, and
  • northern Western Australia.

For further information, visit AusGeo News, or email James Johnson; or phone +61 (0) 2 6249 9236.

5. Thomson Regional Geochemical Survey

The Survey, which covered an area of 155,000 square kilometres in north west New South Wales, aimed to boost greenfield mineral exploration in the region. It found that generally catchments with known mineral occurrences relating to lead, copper or antimony have anomalous concentrations of that element in outlet samples. However, there also were several anomalous concentrations away from known mineralisation which warrant further investigation, including north of the Koonenberry Belt and north east of Cobar.

For further information, visit AusGeo News, or email Megan Lech, phone +61 (0) 6249 9459; or email Patrice DeCaritat, phone +61 6249 9378.

6. Australian mineral exploration growing strongly

Mineral exploration in Australia continues to strengthen with exploration expenditure rising to $AU1.46 billion in 2006. This continuing growth is a consequence of current mineral and metal prices, most of which are at, or near, record highs.

For further information, visit AusGeo News, or email Mike Huleatt; or phone +61 (0) 6249 9087.

7. Update on geophysical data releases

The current status of the geophysical survey data acquisition is available on the Geoscience Australia website in a comprehensive table. The table includes information on pending surveys in the South Kimberley, Tanumbirini, Westmoreland and Charters Towers regions.

For further information, email Murray Richardson; or phone +61 (0)2 6249 9229.

8. Geoscience Australia website redevelopment

Geoscience Australia is redeveloping its website to better meet client's requirements. As a key client we greatly value your opinion. By filling in the following quick survey (5-10 minutes) it will help us improve our online services to you.

To begin, please click on this link. The survey closes on 18 July 2007.

If you would like further information regarding the survey or any other website issues, please contact Alice Lee, phone +61 (0) 2 6249 9142 or Julian Smith, phone +61 (0) 2 6249 9006.

9. About Email Alert

For more information contact Mike Huleatt on +61 2 6249 9087 or email mike.huleatt@ga.gov.au.

To view past editions of Geoscience Australia's Minerals Alert, visit the Minerals Alert Newsletter Archive.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013