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West Coast Mining
‘It’s all about the People’ was the theme of this year’s Minerals West Coast
forum held at the West Coast Events Centre, at Shantytown, on July 23-24.
Our challenge as an industry is to change the public discourse around
mining in New Zealand to create an environment in which it is easier for the
mining industry to:
• Gain access to land.
• Create acceptance for mining in communities.
• Raise capital for investment.
• Obtain balanced media coverage.
• Obtain support across the political spectrum.
• Work constructively with stakeholders.
• Generate the required skill bases.
• Minimise the impact of the anti-mining lobby.
This year’s forum focused on the actions, activities and attitudes at the
‘coalface’ and how the way we work with our people and communities affects
the New Zealand public’s perceptions of a modern mining industry.
Minerals West Coast held the first forum in 2005, when a small group of
West Coast-focused minerals companies came together for a day to discuss
the issues affecting the future of the mining industry in New Zealand. By
2013 the forum had grown to 232 delegates attending from the majority of
New Zealand’s leading minerals sector companies and organisations.
This year we again ran an industry focused trade exhibition in conjunction
with the forum and attracted just over 220 delegates.
The annual Minerals West Coast Environment Award was also presented
during the forum for the strongest overall demonstration of environmental
management by a New Zealand minerals sector organisation or project.
We are proud that the Minerals West Coast Forum has been able to maintain
its focus on the operational challenges of mining in our geologically
challenging and pristine West Coast environment.
An interesting and informative range of speakers and topics were
organised for the day. These topics were organised into eight separate
sessions focusing on the people: The mining industries’ commitment to a safe
working environment; working with communities; the political environment
in election year; West Coast industry updates; winning the hearts and minds
of New Zealanders; growing our people; working with our communities;
engaging with the government.
Some of the highlights of the forum included:
* Westland Titanium’s Jim Hickey’s presentation on the potential
development of the Barrytown mineral sands deposit with the expectation
of 150 plus jobs developed from an operational footprint of less than half a
square kilometre and a proposed life of project of about 20 years.
* Mossman Oil and Gas’s Nick Whetter’s interesting overview of their oil
exploration project in the Kotuku area.
The West Coast Minerals forum is known for its focus on looking at the
issues for the ‘coalface’, so to speak, and includes a range of networking
opportunities for delegates.
The West Coast Events Centre base at Shantytown provided an excellent
venue for the forum. Delegates were provided with the opportunity to
demonstrate their gold panning abilities in the Southern Gold Buyers gold
This event was eventually taken out by a well-known West Coast
goldminer Peter Haddock.
Planning has already begun for next year’s event.
Minerals West Coast seminar great success
Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges addresses the forum.
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