We also catch up with developments at each of Australia’s biggest mines to find out how they operate, find out how the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund is helping mining projects, including the Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum mine, get off the ground, and consider whether drones are the future of underground mapping technology. Finally, we find out more about the University of South Australia’s Project Live-MM, which aims to attract future talent to mining, and speak to 3D printer manufacturer Aurora Labs about its plans to help remote mining projects by simply printing replacement parts for broken machinery. From a mine built atop the world’s largest uranium deposit to a project producing close to a million ounces of gold per year, Australia is home to some of the world’s largest and most ambitious mining projects. The Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund: a ticket to mining prosperity or a ‘slush fund’ that urgently needs to be wound up? Scarlett Evans examines just what the NAIF offers Australia’s northern territories. A project to save time and energy with 3D printed mining parts. Australian metal 3D printer manufacturer Aurora Labs has teamed up with Fortescue Metals Group to develop applications for additive manufacturing, potentially allowing remote mining projects to print parts that have failed instead of having to wait for replacements. We also explore the most innovative renewable energy projects at mines around Australia, profile the five key goals outlined in the country’s National Resources Statement, the first long-term plan and reform agenda released by the government in more than two decades, and speak to a team at the University of New South Wales that’s working on developing mining techniques for the moon.
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