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Minerals Council of Australia NT Division : Minerals Council NT 2013
Minerals Council of Australia 43 for all his efforts and support of the Darwin Mining Club. It would not be where it is today without his assistance. While MCA-NT was losing Mr Stewart, Ms Tamara Henderson was increasing her family. With this increase came Ms Keshena Wilson to assist in the office whilst Ms Henderson was on Maternity leave. Ms Wilson was invaluable and the July lunch would not have succeeded as well as it did without her. Western Australian Premier, Mr Colin Barnett was most opportunely visiting Darwin in July, and, through the then- Leader of the Opposition Mr Terry Mills, was delighted to speak to the second largest Darwin Mining Club lunch audience, which had to be moved to the Arafura Ballroom due to conflicting dates. Mr Terry Mills spoke on building a “three-hub economy” and the CLP’s plans for the Territory’s economic base, post the August elections. Premier Barnett spoke of the differences in dealing with countries, such as China, Korea, and Japan, and dealing with Canberra. He also spoke on the synergies between Northern WA and the NT, and what plans could be in the making. Attendees also heard details regarding the Ord River Scheme, and the history of the eventuation of the MRRT along with the demise of its predecessor the RSPT. Premier Barnett’s response regarding the distribution of GST, which was a huge topic at the time, was extremely interesting. The second Annual Golf day was held at the Golf Links, and Ms Henderson surprised many attendees by not giving birth in the Club House. Despite being ten days away from her due date, and already on Maternity leave, Ms Henderson ably supported Ms Wilson and Mr Natt, as the interim Executive Director had been called interstate. The response to the call for Golf Day registrations was unbelievable. The twenty available teams were soon sold out, and teams wanted to register for the 2013 Golf Day as they didn’t want to miss out again!! A thousand thanks to all the Sponsors involved: Western Desert Resources, Cameco, Minter Ellison, Hays Recruitment, GHD, HNC (Aust) Resources, ANZ Bank, Toll Marine Logistics, Fyfe, Hastings, Deering and Coffey Environment. Thanks must also go to those who donated Team and Raffle Prizes; Telstra, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Gagadju Crocodile Holiday Inn, SkyCity, Minter Ellison, Energy Resources of Australia, St Johns Ambulance, Deck Chair Cinema, and Gardens Park Golf Links. Without all of you, the day could not have happened. And the day was an undeniable success, with some teams even saying it was the best Corporate Golf day they’d ever attended. Proceeds from this Golf Day will be presented at the 2013 DMC CareFlight Golf Day. A change in Government came with the August election. Whilst Minister Willem Westra van Holthe was getting his head around his new responsibilities before the October lunch, so was the new Executive Director for MCA-NT. Mr Drew Wagner was introduced to Industry, while the new Minister for Mines and Energy spoke on the new Governments plans for their three hub economy. The Darwin Mining Club Gala Dinner was indeed a night to remember. While attendees were serenaded by candle-light by the Three Waiters, attendees tried to keep cool; a difficult situation at the best of times in Darwin, harder to do with no power. The Darwin Mining Club Committee would like to thank all the sponsors, and in particular WorkPac Industrial for its continual acceptance of the role of Principal sponsor. I’m not sure how many years this is running, but it’s a lot. Other sponsors for the night were; Hastings Deering, Toll Marine Logistics, Fyfe, Western Desert Resources, NT Government, APA Group, GHD, OCTIEF Mining, SKM Global, Aggreko, Minter Ellison. Door Prizes were donated by SkyCity. The New Year brought many changes. Ms Henderson re-joined the team in February. Ms Wilson stayed on in the office to assist with the upcoming Australia China Minerals Investment Summit / NT Minerals Summit. The first luncheon of 2013 was also held in February. Mr Brent Murdoch of Vista Gold updated the assembled persons on Mt Todd, and their Environmental plans for rehabilitating the site, and Vista’s vision of “where to from here” for the site Given media interest at the time, Mr Duncan Hedditch of Pacific Aluminium was invited to give an update in March on the Gas to Gove Pipeline. Mr Hedditch noted several other avenues of usage for the pipeline once the infrastructure was in place, taking into consideration the finite lifespan of the Gove Operations. With June came the AusIMM Uranium Conference. Mr Michael Angwin was invited to speak to the June assemblage of the Darwin Mining Club, and was extremely interesting to attendees. The history of Uranium, and how Uranium mining can and will affect Australia, and the NT was eye- opening. The Darwin Mining Club Committee would like to thank all those who have attended functions over the years, and look forward to your continual attendance. The Functions seem to keep getting bigger and better, and do so because of your involvement.
Minerals Council Aust NT Div 2012