NSW Mineral Exploration & Investment 2001 Conference

17-18 May, 2001 – Hilton Hotel, Sydney, Australia.


This two-day conference is a major event for the Australian minerals industry and is strongly supported by the New South Wales Government. The last two conferences have been very successful, each attracting over 250 senior industry delegates from the minerals and investment sectors.

The conference aims to stimulate investment interest in the major facets of the NSW minerals industry – mineral and petroleum exploration, mining and value-added minerals processing.

The theme of Day 1 of the conference will be “Exploring and Investing in NSW”.  The theme of Day 2 will be “Projects and Opportunities in NSW”.  Registration for the conference will be available for single (A$325 inc GST) or both days (A$545 inc GST). The conference will also feature an adjacent “NSW Mineral Industry Exhibition”.

Keynote Addresses by prominent industry executives will be featured on both days of the conference. The conference is planned to be opened by the Premier of NSW, Mr Bob Carr and the Minister for Mineral Resources, Mr Eddie Obeid plans to give the Welcome to Day 2 Address.

Day 1 will feature:

* The latest information on the NSW Government’s new “Exploration New South Wales: Mining Beyond 2000” program. This initiative, which involves a funding commitment of A$30 million over seven years, succeeds the highly successful Discovery 2000 program.

* Keynote Address by Mr Russell Barwick, Managing Director & CEO, Newcrest Mining Limited on Experiences in and the Future of the NSW minerals industry.

* Presentation by Professor Ian Plimer on the mineral potential of Broken Hill.

* Special session focussing on the world class Murray Basin mineral sands province.

* Exploration updates by industry speakers on a number of gold, copper, diamond and base metal prospects in New South Wales.


Day 2 will feature presentations on:

            * Financing alternatives for new mineral projects in NSW

            * Keynote Address by Dr Ian Gould, Director & Deputy Chairman, Western Metals on Investing in Australian mineral development beyond 2001.

            * Outlook for coal and gas in NSW.

            * The partnership between the electricity and minerals industries in NSW.

            * Updates on a range of mineral development and value-added minerals processing projects, including Syerston nickel-cobalt, Young nickel-cobalt, Cobar gold and base metals, Ridgeway gold-copper, Tritton copper, Dubbo zirconia, Woodsreef magnesium, Lithgow silicon, and Ardlethan tin.


For further information and registration enquiries, please contact: Stacey Hutchins, Department of Mineral Resources, PO Box 536 St Leonards(Sydney), NSW 1590. Tel:(02) 9901 8654; Fax:(02) 9901 8493.

International Fax: +61 2 9901 8493

E-mail Stacey Hutchins



Thurs 17 & Fri 18 May 2001, Hilton Hotel, Sydney, Australia



DAY 1 (Thurs 17 May 2001): Exploring and investing in NSW


Chair: Mr Alan Coutts, Director-General, Dept of Mineral Resources (DMR)

9.00     Welcome from Chair

9.05     Opening Address.         The Hon. Bob Carr, Premier of NSW*

Experiences in and the Future of the NSW minerals industry

Mr Russell Barwick, Managing Director & CEO, Newcrest Mining Ltd

10.15 – 10.45  Morning Tea (and exhibition viewing)

Session Two

Chair: Mr Ross Louthean, Publisher, Australia’s Paydirt

10.45 Exploration NSW mineral discovery beyond 2001. Mr John Cramsie, Director, Geological Survey of NSW , DMR

11.15 Geoscience information initiatives – enhancing effective exploration in NSW, Dr Ted Tyne, Asst Director, Geological Survey of NSW, DMR

11.35 Mineral investment and development in NSW. – Mr Tony Galligan, Director, Resource Planning & Development, DMR

12.00 Brownfields exploration and investment – the example of Broken Hill, NSW. Professor Ian Plimer, Director, Redfire Resources Ltd

12.30 – 1.45 Lunch


Session Three Chair: Mr Denis Porter, Executive Director, NSW Minerals Council Murray Basin

1.45 The Murray Basin a world class mineral sands province, Mr Geoff Oakes

     Senior Project Officer, DMR 

2.10 Advancing Twelve Mile and other mineral sands projects.Mr Pat McManus, Development Manager, Murray Basin Titanium Pty Ltd

2.35 Development potential of the Gingko mineral sands deposit.  Mr Stephen Everett, Managing Director, BeMaX Resources NL

3.00     Infrastructure planning for mineral development in far western NSW Mr Ross O’Shea, Regional Coordinator, Premier’s Department

3.25 – 3.50 Afternoon Tea (and exhibition viewing)


Session Four

Chair: Dr Neil Williams, Executive Director, AGSO

Exploration updates in NSW

3.50     Funding exploration by junior companies post 2000. Dr Garry Lowder, MD,

Malachite Resources NL

4.05     Diamond exploration in the Bingar /Copeton area. Mr Scott Reid, Director, Rimfire Pacific Mining NL  

New zinc initiatives in Broken Hill and Cobar. Mr Tom Eadie, Executive GM, Exploration & Ms Angela Lorrigan, Regional Exploration Manager (Cobar), Pasminco Cu-Au exploration potential in the Mineral Hill area. Dr Angus Collins, CEO, Triako Resources Ltd

4.50 Questions

5.00    Concluding Remarks                                
Mr J Cramsie, Director,Geological Survey

5.10 Day 1 Drinks Reception Sponsored by Barclay Mowlem


  Projects and Opportunities in NSW


Session One

Chair: Mr Loftus Harris Director-General, Dept State & Regional Development

9.00   Welcome to Day 2.    The Hon. Eddie Obeid, Minister for Mineral Resources

9.20 – Keynote Address: Investing in Australian mineral development beyond 2001. – Dr Ian Gould, Director & Deputy Chairman, Western Metals Ltd

10.00 Financing alternatives for new minerals projects in NSW Mr Robert Schuitema, Managing Director, Global Mining & Metals, Chase Manhattan Bank

10.30 – 11.00  Morning Tea (and exhibition viewing)


Session Two

Chair: Mr Trent van Veen,  Chairman, KPMG Energy & Natural Resources

11.00  Outlook for coal and gas in NSW.  Mr Brad Mullard, DMR  

11.30 The partnership between the electricity and minerals industries in NSW. Mr Grant Every-Burns, CEO & Managing Director, Macquarie Generation.

12.00Lithgow silicon project. Mr George White, Director, Australian Silicon Pty Ltd

12.30 – 1.45  Lunch

Session Three

Chair: Mr David Purcell, Executive General Manager, Invest Australia

1.45 Benchmarking of Syerston to other Ni-Co Laterites. – Mr Mick Ryan, Project Manager, Black Range Minerals Ltd

2.10 Young Ni-Co project an emerging opportunity. Mr Duncan Pursell, Managing Director, Jervois Mining NL

2.35 Woodsreef magnesium project. Mr Chris Laughton, General Manager, Golden TriangleResources NL

3.00 Gold and base metal development potential at Cobar. Mr Craig Stegman, Site Manager, Peak Gold Mines Pty Ltd

3.25 – 3.50 Afternoon Tea

Session Four

   Chair:  Mr Tony Galligan, Director, Resource Planning Development, DMR

Project Updates

3.50 Ridgeway gold and copper project. Mr Tim Lehany, General Manager, Ridgeway Gold Mine, Newcrest Mining Ltd

4.05     Dubbo zirconia project. Mr Ian Chalmers, Technical Director,
Alkane Exploration Ltd

4.20 : Ardlethan tin project Mr Chris Storey, Managing Director, Marlborough Resources

4.35 Tritton copper project Mr Ross Hastings, Project Manager, Nord
Resources (Pacific) Pty Ltd

4.50     Questions

5.00    Concluding Remarks Mr Alan Coutts, Director-General, DMR


5.10     Closing Drinks Reception Sponsored by Barclay Mowlem

* To be confirmed.     

  Program is preliminary only and individual paper titles and speakers may be subject to change.


MAJOR SPONSORS:  Macquarie Generation,  KPMG,Australia’s Paydirt