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Seminar Sessions

10:00 am - 10:05 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Opening Remarks

  • Diversification
  • Future of Mining
  • Investment Outlook



Greg Williamson
10:05 am - 10:30 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Keynote Ministerial Address: Fast-tracking the transition to critical minerals – milestones and opportunities

The Australian Government is actively supporting investment in critical minerals projects, including the recently expanded $4 billion Critical Minerals Facility. The Australian Critical Minerals Prospectus showcases 52 high-quality, investment-ready projects, including mining, processing and value adding opportunities. 

Key takeaways:

  • Identifying high-quality investment in critical minerals
  • Integrating the road to net zero with the resources sector
  • Attracting investment to get minerals out of the ground, processed locally
  • Making the switch to a lower carbon economy
  • Diversification
  • Future of Mining
  • Investment Outlook



The Hon Madeleine King
10:30 am - 11:00 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Capitalising on Queensland’s resources: where to next?

The Queensland government has committed $245 million to reinforce its Critical Minerals Strategy and expand the state's sector. 

Key takeaways:

  • Mapping investments in critical minerals
  • Accelerating the discovery and exploration processes
  • Streamlining intricate assessment and approval procedures
  • Diversification
  • Future of Mining
  • Investment Outlook



Warwick Agnew
11:00 am - 11:30 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

From Factory to Field: Komatsu's Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy

Sponsored by Komatsu

Explore Komatsu's commitment to sustainability through innovative product development and strategic business practices. This presentation highlights how Komatsu integrates eco-friendly technologies in its machinery, optimises their use and reduces environmental impact through efficient manufacturing and operations. It also covers Komatsu's broader corporate sustainability strategies, including reducing carbon footprints, adopting renewable energy, and promoting circular economy principles, ultimately aligning product advancements with a sustainable business vision.

  • Smart Mining Technology



Kevin Mascarenhas
11:30 am - 12:15 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Royalties and the impact to Queensland

• Flow-on effects from the changed Queensland royalties scheme
• Impacts on regional communities and industry confidence
• Attracting and incentivising future investment in greenfield projects
• Alternative approaches for alternative outcomes

  • Diversification
  • Future of Mining
  • Investment Outlook



Paul Flynn


Dr Matt Anderson


Dr Ross Lambie


Jodie Currie


Janette Hewson
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Seminar Break

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Building a sustainable mining sector – milestones and opportunities

Several trends are pivotal in reshaping Queensland’s mining landscape. These include volatile commodity prices, decarbonisation, corporate social responsibility, and emerging demand in the Indo-Pacific.

Key takeaways: 

  • Scrutinising the impact of geopolitical instability on international trade and supply chains 
  • Safeguarding Queensland's reputation for stability and reliability 
  • Identifying export opportunities across commodity markets
  • Prioritising environmental responsibility to ensure the health of ecosystems and communities
  • Carving a future-focused path towards truly sustainable mining practices
  • Diversification
  • Future of Mining
  • Investment Outlook



Beth Schutz


Peter Mellor


Adam Pearce


Melanie Saul


Kate Dickson
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Advancing gender balance in a male-dominated sector

Mining companies are actively embracing the role of change champions, navigating challenges, and seizing opportunities involving workplace diversity. This panel explores and dissects multifaceted strategies to deliver on gender balance. 

Key takeaways:

  • Transitioning to a Champion of Change
  • Overcoming perceptions of a male-dominated sector
  • Nurturing and building talent
  • Supporting a career track into leadership roles
  • Ensuring equity in wages and remuneration
  • Future of Mining



Robyn Bartlett


Sarah Gooley


Eden Hodson


Mindy Trezise
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Reimagining the mining landscape: exploiting new opportunities and steering through transformation

Critical to the industry's future is economic development and upgrading the multi-user infrastructure facilities. 

Key takeaways:

  • Deploying state-of-the-art infrastructure to access untapped mineral deposits
  • Identifying and capitalising on future investment opportunities
  • Constructing advanced mines equipped for future challenges and opportunities
  • Fostering a deeper, more robust Australian-based processing and manufacturing industry within the mining sector
  • Diversification
  • Future of Mining
  • Investment Outlook



Dr Ross Lambie
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Embracing renewable energy for mining: integration strategies

Given the remoteness of mine operations, fossil fuels like diesel, heavy oils, and coal were traditionally the primary energy sources. Energy recovery, renewable energy, and carbon capture present opportunities to supplement or replace fossil fuel. But a comprehensive integration of renewable-energy technologies is essential. 

Key takeaways

  • Unleashing the potential of renewable energy technologies
  • Addressing demand across mining operations
  • Boosting the operating margins for renewable energy 
  • Managing the demand for a skilled workforce 
  • Clean Energy



Taylor McKertich


Lahiru Wimalasuriya


Jason Sharam


Dr Thomas Nann
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Journey to net zero: are we there yet?

Australia's commitment to a net zero emission reduction targets align with international and domestic commitments. This journey is not just about meeting policy objectives but pivotal to achieving global climate neutrality by 2050. As the industry adapts to an energy shift – moving away from fossil fuels – the notion of a 'just transition' poses several critical inquiries:

  • What are the implications for failing to decarbonise?
  • Is there any way to offset the expense of investing in clean energy sources and emissions mitigation technology?
  • What is the political backdrop and are we likely to see changes in legislative framework with changes in government?
  • Where is the low-hanging fruit… What steps can we take now to get some quick wins?
  • How do we obtain the resources and talent to support a transition to low emissions and what are the options for deploying them?
  • Clean Energy



Adrienne Rourke


Mark Read


Grant Clements


Paul Hodgson


Craig Rapson
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Enhancing mental health and well-being: fostering a culture of inclusion and support

This panel explore key drivers involving wellness, health and safety. 

Key takeaways:

  • Integrating human resources with mental health initiatives to nurture a supportive work environment
  • Taking a holistic approach to bridge any existing wellness gaps
  • Innovating personal protective equipment, and prioritising enhanced safety
  • Establishing new benchmarks in safety standards
  • Raising the bar for industry practices
  • Overhauling ergonomics, with a focus on significantly improving miner well-being
  • Occupational Health & Safety



Karin Barron


Kanae Dyas


Kristy Purdon


Bobbie Foot
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Fostering a positive safety culture: Insights from the frontline

BMA Hay Point Coal Terminal and Aurizon joined forces with Sentis to disseminate the safety ethos throughout their operations. While BMA had a relatively low lost time injury frequency rate, it grappled with several low-level incidents. This prompted a re-evaluation of the safety protocols. 

Aurizon confronted challenges around safety management and leadership, evident in incidents involving its safety programs. Both BMA Hay Point and Aurizon sought a positive shift promoting safety across their domains. 

Key takeaways:

  • Equipping leaders with the tools and skills to communicate the safety message 
  • Instilling collective ownership and accountability for safety initiatives 
  • Recognising and addressing the attitudinal and cultural elements that influence safety 
  • Refining and adapting operating system principles to align with evolving standards and organisational needs
  • Occupational Health & Safety



Linda Murry


Mick Simpson


Anthony Gibbs


10:00 am - 10:05 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Opening Remarks

10:05 am - 10:30 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Keynote Ministerial Address: Investing in Queensland’s resources future – where to next?

  • Diversifying the resources industry through innovation 
  • Creating a genuine pit-to-product value chain
  • Creating jobs alongside meeting the challenges of a low-carbon future
  • Critical Minerals
  • Diversification
  • Future of Mining



The Hon Scott Stewart
10:30 am - 11:00 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Consolidating Queensland’s natural resources base – milestones and challenges

  • Securing and generating jobs
  • Reviewing critical Infrastructure
  • Assessing mine safety
  • Critical Minerals
  • Diversification
  • Future of Mining



Dale Last MP
11:00 am - 11:30 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Innovative advancements: Komatsu provides the solution for Coronado Mammoth underground mine

Sponsored by Komatsu

Explore the comprehensive support and equipment solution provided by Komatsu for the Coronado Mammoth Underground Mine project. The presentation highlights the strategic partnership between Komatsu and Coronado through the supply of essential mining equipment, extensive support such as parts, dedicated maintenance services and specialised operator training.

  • Smart Mining Technology



Greg Anderson
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Igniting mining innovation: paving the way for future exploration

As the move toward cleaner technologies progresses, the metals and mining sector are being put to the test: it needs to provide the vast quantities of raw materials required for the energy transition. 

Key takeaways:

  • Establishing a competitive advantage through data-driven insights into critical minerals
  • Offering precision tools to explore deposits and open untapped opportunities
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of geological information, featuring immersive graphics, interactive maps, and downloadable 3D models and databases
  • Critical Minerals
  • Diversification
  • Future of Mining



Professor Rick Valenta
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Assessing the mining potential of critical minerals as a clean energy source

The primary focus is to establish a robust infrastructure that harnesses Queensland’s abundant natural resources. Among the noteworthy natural assets, vanadium stands out as a key metallic element. Abundantly present in mineralised deposits, Queensland boasts some of the world's most substantial vanadium reserves. While vanadium has versatile applications, its current spotlight is on its pivotal role in the development of batteries capable of storing substantial energy over extended periods.

Key takeaways:

  • Mapping demand for battery storage, EVs, and renewable energy
  • Assessing the potential of “green critical minerals”
  • Quantifying the ROI for major projects
  • Clean Energy
  • Critical Minerals



Scott Winter
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Seminar Break

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Fostering innovation and skills in the mining and METs sector

Innovation is pivotal for the Mining Equipment, Technology, and Services (METs) sector. Embracing new products and technologies is key to sustained growth. 

The mining and METs sector's global competitiveness relies on innovation, technological advancement, and policies that support skills and accumulation of capital. 

  • Identifying METs funding for a productive mining sector
  • Supporting talent – from exploration to mine closure
  • Ensuing a skilled workforce adapts to changing market conditions.
  • Smart Mining Technology



Christine Gibbs-Stewart
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Building collaboration between industry and academia to build new skills

The mining sector presents a dynamic career landscape for both young individuals and job seekers at various career stages. 

Key takeaways:

  • Investing in skills and knowledge to build the future workforce
  • Enhancing the skill set of existing roles and pioneering new ones
  • Measuring the successful integration of a more skilled workforce
  • Ensuring a continuous supply of skilled workers who not only enter but also stay in the mining industry
  • Smart Mining Technology



Mario Martini


Jan Norberger


Robert Buttery


Larnie Mackay
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

An update on the Carmichael mine and the opportunities for Queensland contractors and suppliers

  • Future of Mining

An update on the Carmichael mine after two years of producing and exporting coal to the world.
Key takeaways:
• The future for Carmichael and the mine’s role in the global sustainable energy mix
• How we’ll get there.
• The opportunities this presents for regional Queenslanders, their families, and communities.
• How Queensland contractors and suppliers can continue to be involved, and benefit.



Mick Crowe
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Enabling mining’s digital transformation

The mining industry is undergoing unprecedented changes against a backdrop of global energy transition. Efficient energy use takes centre stage, alongside innovation involving operations and production.

Key takeaways:

  • Delivering on the mantra of digital transformation
  • Incorporating cutting-edge technologies including AI, IoT, and automation to elevate operational efficiency
  • Utilising real-time data and analytics to make timely decisions
  • Smart Mining Technology



Emilie Ditton
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

How to obtain productivity from autonomous haulage systems

Autonomous systems revolutionise mining operations by bolstering safety and overall productivity on site. By automating haulage operations, these technologies significantly decrease the risk of injuries by reducing the need for personnel in close proximity to mining equipment. 

Additionally, Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS) eliminate the interruptions typically caused by breaks or shift changes associated with manned machines, thereby optimising equipment availability. Moreover, AHS enables miners to curtail fuel consumption and emissions, contributing to environmental sustainability.

Key takeaways:

  • Meeting the burgeoning demand for autonomous haulage systems 
  • Adopting AHS to enhance operational efficiency, safety, and maintenance protocols
  • Gaining insights into AHS and to enhance operational productivity 
  • Smart Mining Technology



Aaron Innis


Sharna Glover
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Ensuring mines invest in making workplaces safer

Mining remains a dangerous jobs in the world – with miners exposed to an array of hazards both above and below ground. This may cause serious injury, disability or death. The focus now is to improve worker safety, tackle the hazards, maintain a safety culture, wear personal protection gear, keep equipment in perfect shape, and improve visibility. This panel explores safety management in diverse settings.

  • Key takeaways
  • Tackling fatigue as a pervasive concern within the mining industry
  • Taking a proactive approach, involving comprehensive education and training for employees in fatigue management
  • Assessing the potential of wearable devices to revolutionise workplaces and transform how we live, work, and interact
  • Integrating wearable sensors while focussing on eliminating the hazards and managing worker risk in the challenging mining and industrial environments
  • Clarifying where wearable sensors fit in the injury prevention journey, and reduce body stressing injury
  • Occupational Health & Safety



Blake Bradford


Mathew Gilbertson


Naaman Shibi


John Toomey


Shane Rose


10:00 am - 10:05 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Opening Remarks

10:05 am - 10:30 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Ensuring community safety by eliminating or reducing hazards at abandoned mine sites

Mining remains a cornerstone of Queensland's history for over 150 years, leaving a legacy of abandoned mines. These pose potential risks to community health, safety, and the environment. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Curtailing adverse environmental impacts in the surrounding and downstream areas 
  • Reducing the need for continuous maintenance and monitoring
  • Focusing on geotechnical and geochemical stability 
  • Exploring viable options for the commercialisation or repurposing of abandoned mine lands for suitable future uses
  • Occupational Health & Safety



Dr Karin Fogarty
10:30 am - 11:00 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Advances in smart mining: exploring the promise of zero entry mining and automation

Despite advancements in mining safety, Queensland unfortunately still averages about 2.4 fatalities and 80 to 100 serious accidents each year. 

Zero entry mining, alongside automation in haulage, enhances safety by minimising human exposure to hazards. The shift towards zero entry in haulage demonstrates its potential to safeguard workers.

Key takeaways:

  • Assessing the potential of autonomous driving technology
  • Tracking developments in WiFi and connectivity to support mining operations
  • Enabling remote monitoring and control from centralised or urban locations
  • Innovating blasting technology, including wireless detonators
  • Mapping advances in automated loading and variable density explosives 
  • Smart Mining Technology



Jeff Sterling
11:00 am - 11:30 am

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Tech-driven mining operations: a window to enhanced efficiency and precision

The integration of smart mining into mining operations is gaining traction. This stems from an amplified focus on end-to-end operations management, automation, safety, and informed decision-making.

Key takeaways:

  • Unveiling the realm of "smart mining" technology: where to next?
  • Riding the wave of electrification and remote mining: redefining the terrain of operations
  • Pioneering robotics and AI: ushering in a new era of mining innovation
  • Maximising digital tools: streamlining operations and unlocking new frontiers
  • Smart Mining Technology



Steven Boxall


Dean Kirkwood


Paul Flick


Taylor McKertich
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Building collaboration across the traditional mining and emerging sectors

Key takeaways:

  • Building the dialogue between the OEM and METs sectors 
  • Leveraging technology-based initiatives across the Whitsunday region
  • Growing industry connections and long-term partnerships
  • Smart Mining Technology



Steven Boxall
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Safely and effectively removing feral animals – EPA & Biosecurity

Feral animals are a perennial problem facing mines – both operational and abandoned - which can wreak havoc across sites, and surrounding areas, including farms and communities. This panel showcases recent feral animal programs at Jellinbah Mining and Yarrabee (Yancoal) in Central Qld. Panellists share key learnings regarding assess active mine or quarry sites, identifying & eliminating risks, quantifying outcomes and applying ongoing monitoring methodologies.

Key takeaways:

  • Demonstrating compliance with meeting bio-security obligations within the mining sector
  • How to structure Workplace Risk Assessment and Control (WRAC) Risk Assessment & Mitigation for programs
  • Ongoing management of feral animals via integrated vertebrate animal action plan
  • Incorporating high-res thermal drone technology for monitoring and assisting control programs
  • Benefits to Community Engagement and Good Neighbour policy
  • Occupational Health & Safety



Beau Nielsen


Adam Quinn


Nigel Ryan


Darren Philip
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Navigating the recognised standard 22 management structure to support health and safety

The Recognised Standard 22 defines a new way for the Site Senior Executive (SSE) to develop and maintain a management structure for miners’ health and safety.

Key takeaways:

  • Finding a balance between compliance and practicality 
  • Addressing the cost and operational interruption
  • Mapping pathways to deliver ongoing compliance 
  • Adding value to the business operations, people, and processes
  • Occupational Health & Safety



Trevor Trott


Steve Amor


Anthony Beasley


Tom O’Connor
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Reimagining mine water management as a strategic asset rather than a mere expense

Facing water scarcity and evolving regulations, mine operators are increasingly relying on innovative technologies to tackle water needs. Water plays an indispensable, yet frequently underestimated role in mining, a sector is known for high-water use. The focus is on sustainable water management.

Key takeaways:

  • Delivering reliable water supplies to mines
  • Balancing demand with efficient and sustainable use
  • Enabling operators to access best-practice technologies
  • Ensuring the water cycle aligns with production goals and minimises costs
  • Smart Mining Technology



Antony Old


Daniel Lambert


Chris Rochfort

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