The search stops here

6 June 2003

On the right is Dr Bill McKay, Mineral Resources and Advice, Geoscience Australia, with Parliamentary Secretary, Warren Entsch at the launch Information about Australia's minerals industry is now open to the world with the launch of the online National Mines Atlas at the Mineral Council of Australia's Industry Seminar in Canberra on 3 June 2003.

"The Atlas is a product of the industry's world class innovation and technology. It provides an online public 'window' to information about Australian minerals resources and spatial data on mines and processing centres," said Warren Entsch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources.

"The best in information as well as IT, scientific and industry skills and information were brought together in Geoscience Australia for the Atlas website, making it a great example of innovation in the provision of advice and services." Andrew McMahon, Mineral Resources and Advice, Geoscience Australia, with Parliamentary Secretary, Warren Entsch at the launch

"For anyone going online looking for Australian minerals industry information, your search stops here at

Minerals Council of Australia Chief Executive, Mr Mitch Hooke said the Atlas provides a comprehensive portal to the Australian minerals industry, highlighting its rich geological assets, its global position as a strategic location for minerals operations, as well as the industry's substantial contribution to Australia's economy and rural and remote communities.

The National Atlas of Mineral Resources, Mines and Processing Centres is a joint initiative of Geoscience Australia, the Regional Minerals Program administered by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, and the Minerals Council of Australia.

Mr Entsch said the Atlas goes beyond the conventional understanding of a resources map, covering more than seven million square kilometres:

  • with spatial information and cutting-edge technical capability, it provides search, query and online map-making for mines and mineral deposits;
  • a mosaic of detailed satellite scenes for most of Australia; and
  • the ability to link mines, processing facilities and ports in Atlas maps to other websites.

"It will help to maintain and promote mineral exploration and development, and provide fact sheets for educational, public and industry use. And because the Atlas' information bases are dynamic, it will always be up-to-date."

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