Morning coffee and registration

Commencement of the 8th NT Resources Week
The morning of day one will be a combined plenary session for SEAAOC, Mining the Territory and Building the Territory (prior to morning tea), before branching into separate programs streams.


Welcome from Informa


Welcome to Country

Allison Mills, Larrakia Representative


Welcome remarks from the Chair

Michael Tennant, Chief Executive Officer, Department of Business, Northern Territory Government


KEYNOTE | NT Government Address

The Hon. Michael Gunner, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government of Australia


KEYNOTE | Federal Government Address

Senator the Hon. Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources & Northern Australia, Government of Australia


Partnering with the private sector to grow infrastructure investment in the Northern Territory

  • What is the Northern Territory Infrastructure Development Fund?
  • What is its role?
  • What opportunities do we see?

Andrew Pickering, Chairman, Infrastructure Capital Group


Morning tea


Opening of the 10th Anniversary Mining the Territory Conference


Opening remarks from the Chairperson

Rod Applegate, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, Northern Territory Government


KEYNOTE | NT Government

Minister for Primary Industry & Resources, Northern Territory Government (Invitation extended)



Newmont Tanami Operation – The journey continues

  • Building a solid foundation for growth
  • Managing an expansion project within an operating mine
  • Planning for the future

Francois Hardy, General Manager,Newmont Tanami Operation


Newmarket Gold provides an update on the progress at their Northern Territory Operations

Including results of recent growth activities such as the recently completed PEA for the Maud Creek deposit near Katherine

Mark Edwards, NT Geology Manager, Newmarket Gold


35 years of production at Ranger; past, present and future

  • 35 years of production at Ranger: Milestones achieved in production, performance and rehabilitation activities
  • We also trace the changes over this period in the nuclear energy market

Andrea Sutton, Chief Executive, Energy Resources Australia


Lunch in the Exhibition Hall


Mt Todd Project update

  • Project Outline
  • Gold market changes
  • Environmental status
  • Approvals update
  • Path forward

Brent Murdoch, Director & General Manager Australia, Vista Gold Australia


Tellus Holdings Chandler Project update

Duncan van der Merwe, Group Managing Director, Tellus Holdings


Building a significant Australian zinc company

Joe Treacy, Managing Director and CEO, Marindi Metals Ltd


Afternoon tea


The Nolans Neodymium Project

  • World scale, low risk resource close to vital infrastructure
  • Criticality of Neodymium to rare earth magnets and the new growth economy
  • A strategically important supply source alternative to China
  • Targeting regulatory approvals this year

Richard Brescianini, General Manager for Exploration and Development, Arafura Resources



Lessons learned from project management of major projects

  • How contracting strategy sets up a major project for success
  • Systems and processes to allow a project management team to meet project objectives
  • WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s experience as Project Management Contractor on the Roy Hill Project and other major projects

Bryan Scruby, PMO Executive, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhof


PANEL DISCUSSION | How do we optimise operation and project delivery costs and efficiencies?

The panel will provide a platform to share learnings and experiences on operation and project implementation challenges and opportunities.

  • What is the best project delivery model to optimise cost and quality outcomes for my mining project or operation?
  • How is the supply chain structured and how can we make it accessible to different tiers?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges working with local suppliers and services providers?
  • Learnings and challenges working with local, regional, international contractors – sharing experiences and best practices
  • What are the most common challenges for services delivery and project deployment and how can we address them?
  • Risk allocation between mining companies and contractors/suppliers in the current economic environment

Gavin Praxl, Regional Director, Supply Chain, Newmont Mining Corporation
Duncan van der Merwe, Group Managing Director, Tellus Holdings
Brian Fowler, General Manager Northern Territory & Sustainability, Arafura Resources

Facilitated by Bryan Scruby, Executive, PMO, WPB Parsons Brinckerhoff


END OF DAY 1 | Closing remarks from the Chairperson


Networking Drinks in Exhibition Halls


NT Resources Week Gala Dinner at SkyCity Casino

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Note: Bus service is available: leaving the Exhibition Centre at 6.30 and 6.45pm


NT Resources Week networking breakfast in the Exhibition Hall


Welcome to Day 2 and opening remarks from the Chairperson

Tara Halliday, Operations Manager Northern Territory, Coffey


Geophysical programs to support exploration under the CORE Initiative

  • Overview of newly acquired pre-competitive geophysical datasets across the greater McArthur Basin
  • How the NT Geological Survey is value-adding to geophysical data through collaboration
  • Extending geological interpretation into a 3D environment

Tania Dhu, Manager Geophysics and Remote Sensing, NT Geological Survey,Department of Mines and Energy


The Exploring For The Future Initiative: a focus on minerals, energy and groundwater resources in Northern Australia

  • Northern Australia is the focus of a major new data acquisition initiative aimed at lowering technical risk for explorers
  • The program will develop new insights into the  prospectivity for mineral, energy and groundwater resources
  • The outcome will be new exploration investment attracted to Australia, new discoveries, and new projects developed, enhancing the economic base and development of Northern Australia

Dr Andrew Heap, Branch Head – Energy Systems, Resources Division, Geoscience Australia


Korab Resources projects in the Northern Territory

  • Winchester Magnesium Carbonate project
    First class, low risk resource close to port and infrastructure
    Targeting near term production
    Aiming to become a leader in magnesium carbonate supply chain
  • Geolsec Phosphate Rock project
    Low cost operation able to supply domestic and overseas markets, close to port and infrastructure
  • Batchelor and Green Alligator Projects
    Outstanding polymetallic projects located in Pine Creek Orogen, 70km south of Darwin
    Multiple gold, PGM, base metals and industrial/strategic minerals prospects
    Potential for a world class mineral discovery

Andrej Karpinski, Executive Chairman, Korab Resources


Enhanced Prediction and Detection & The Big Value of a Small Mine

  • Continuing to apply new technologies to enhance ‘Prediction and Detection’ in Tennant Creek.
  • Application of Seismic Technology
  • Application of the Archimedes magnetics processing
  • Application of the Kenex predictive modelling
  • Small mines strategy and its big value
  • Continuing strong JV with evolution

Adam Walters, Manager – Projects, Emmerson Resources


Morning tea


Gold Exploration in the Tanami

Tommy McKeith, Chairman, ABM Resources NL


Designing mine waste landforms for closure in Northern Australia

  • Key rehabilitation strategy goals
  • Re-designing reactive waste landforms to achieve both geochemical and geotechnical long-term stability
  • Reducing long-term risk and financial liability through improved planning and construction

André Kemp, General Manager Western Australia, O’Kane Consultants


How multirole UAV’s can improve mine safety and performance

  • Setting the world’s highest standard of safety risk controls during the blasting operations of an open cut mine
  • Improve performance of the blasting process by reducing the time taken to clear an exclusion area
  • Enhance our community reputation by reinforcing our commitment to safety and the environment by eliminating the threat of personal exposure to toxic fumes from the blasting process
  • Identify opportunities where UAV’s will improve performance and accountability of the mining process by eliminating waste and empowering all mine workers in the decision making process

Jason Wadsworth, Project Manager for UAV Integration and Compliance, BMA Coal


Lunch in the Exhibition Hall


Auctus Minerals – An innovative approach to Mungana

  • Auctus Minerals background
  • A different development philosophy
  • Innovative mining approach
  • Innovative processing approach
  • The result

Stephen Murdoch, Managing Director, Auctus Minerals


Harts Range Mine from Greenfields exploration to production

Robert Brand, Director/CEO, Australian Abrasive Minerals


Developing the Hayes Creek Gold-Silver-Zinc Project in the NT

  • Near surface resources, high metals grades, located within existing infrastructure corridor
  • Pre-Feasibility funded for completion mid 2017
  • Ongoing Gold and base metals exploration

James Fox, Managing Director & CEO, PNX Metals


NT Gold Producer

Roger Jackson, Managing Director, Ark Mines Ltd


Conclusion & Close of the Conference


Afternoon tea


NT Resources Week Closing Harbour Cruise

Departing from Stokes Hill Wharf, 4.30-7.30pm

Please join the wharf at 4.15pm