The Australian Government and a contingent of Australian mining companies have identified over $45 million in future business opportunities throughout Latin America.

Peter Beattie, the Government’s Resources Sector Supplier Envoy, recently travelled with chief executives and senior managers from 11 Australian mining suppliers to Chlie, Colombia and Peru.

"Australian resources sector suppliers will find real opportunities in South America. By doing their homework and using the services of Australian government representatives offshore, in particular in strong growth emerging markets, they can grow their business both in Australia and abroad,” Mr Beattie said.

The South Australian Government has announced that mining of mineral sands is set to resume at Mindarie in South Australia’s Murray Mallee.

Woodside’s $14.9 billion Pluto Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project has produced its first LNG.

Australian gold producer reed Resources has secured a debt financing facility of up to $23 million for the working capital requirements of the Meekatharra Gold Project Joint Venture in Western Australia.

Construction of the $110 million offshore gas Marine Supply Base has begun in the Northern Territory.

A research paper published by the NSW Minerals Council has found that addressing growing mental illness issues is a crucial priority for the sector.

Rail giant QR National has announced it is evaluating an independent, multi-party railway to connect major iron ore mines in the East Pilbara to Port Hedland.

The development of South Australia’s next major uranium mining development has inched closer after the signing of a 10-year least for the Four Mile site.

BHP has secured additional exploration plots at its Olympic Dam site in South Australia after partnering with Minotaur Exploration.

Professional services specialist Hays has published its Quarterly report into recruitment trends for the April-June quarter for this year.

The Federal Government has announced it is seeking comment after the release of a standardised Deed of Access for exploration in the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA).

CommSec has released this quarters State of the States report, providing an in depth analyses of the country’s states using eight key indicators: economic growth retail spending requipment investment unemployment construction work done population growth housing finance and dwelling commencements.

Rio Tinto has announced it has pulled out from the Abbot Point additional port capacity process, citing changes to the economic climate.

The Queensland Government has announced a proposed $500 million coking coal mine has been declared a ‘Significant Project’ by the state’s Coordinator-General. 

The Joint Authority for the Commonwealth-Western Australia Offshore Area has granted a variation to the conditions of the retention leases of the Woodside-operated Browse LNG Project to allow more time to complete necessary studies, approvals and project design.

The Queensland Government has opened the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed multi-billion dollar Arrow liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Gladstone.

Queensland has announced it will expedite the development of three major projects with significant economic benefits for the state.

The Business Advisory Forum (BAF) has agreed to reform that will expedite environmental approvals and assessments at its inaugural meeting.

The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has announced it will cease production at the Norwich Park Mine indefinitely.

BHP Billiton has announced that its Iron Ore President, Ian Ashby, will be lraving the company at the start of July after over 25 years with the company. Jimmy Wilson, currently BHP Billiton Energy Coal President, will succeed Mr Ashby.

Leighton Asia has announced it has won a seven-year, $420 million contract to provide mining services to PT Marunda Grahamineral in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

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