[ASC-media] CSIRO: Minerals Down Under - the spirit of collaboration

Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au
Tue Jul 31 01:55:36 CEST 2007

30 July 2007
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Minerals Down Under - the spirit of collaboration

The July/August edition of CSIRO Exploration & Mining's magazine,
earthmatters, takes a close look at Australia's new National Research
Flagship - Minerals Down Under.

According to CSIRO Exploration & Mining's Acting Chief, Dr Steve Harvey,
the creation of Minerals Down Under presents the industry with a major
opportunity at a crucial stage in its development . 

"Never before has CSIRO's expertise in this area been harnessed in a
truly cross-divisional and collaborative manner to tackle the
technological and commercial challenges facing Australia's mineral
sector," Dr Harvey says.

The role of National Research Flagships is to solve major national
challenges, advance knowledge and excellence, and provide significant
economic benefits to Australia.

Minerals Down Under Director, Dr Peter Lilly, says the Flagship is
principally about creating a new vision for the Australian
minerals-sector, and helping the industry to get there. 

"It's about transformational research and eventually delivering outcomes
that add value to the sector," Dr Lilly says

Stories in this special issue of earthmatters include:

Small wonders: CSIRO scientists are testing how successful bacteria can
be at assisting the heap leaching of low-grade copper sulfides.

Inside the future mine: a look at new technologies being developed that
will allow hard rock mining to be carried out efficiently by smart
machines controlled from outside areas of elevated risk.

Interview: Executive Director of the Minerals and Energy Resources
Division of South Australia's Primary Industries and Resources
department (PIRSA), Dr Paul Heithersay, calls for an expansion of
collaborative drilling programs and the collection of new data.

The future of our iron ore: How the Minerals Down Under Flagship's
combined collaborative expertise is developing ways to maintain
Australia's lead in iron ore.

Other stories look at a remote sensing scientist who spends time
undertaking spectral measurements at 'ghost' mine sites, how cutting
edge technology is limiting the risks underground and a CSIRO scientist
investigating the new frontier of composite fibres and the host of
applications they offer.

earthmatters is issued three times a year. A pdf of Issue 14, the
July/August edition, will be available at

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Bob Chamberlain, CSIRO Exploration & Mining	07 3327 4469;
Bob.Chamberlain at csiro.au
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