Major Sponsors

The Conference

The Cairns and Mining Conference held on 7th October 2011 surpassed expectations. The conference was supported by the Cairns, Mareeba, Innisfail and Ravenshoe Chambers of Commerce & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (Far North), and sold out in five days. Extra seats still did not satisfy demand.

The Cairns and Mining Conference aimed to inform the businesses of Cairns and region on the opportunities and challenges of an expanding Cairns Hinterland Mining Province and mining further afield across the north, Papua New Guinea & Papua Indonesia. The conference utilised a format of presentations followed by panel discussions. In an effort to keep the conference to one day, not all panelists were invited to provide presentations.

Speakers Presentations

Due to the overwhelming demand for access to the presentations, the speakers have agreed to allow the to posting oftheir presentations on the Cairns and Mining website.
For access to the presentations please click here.


Many delegates utilised the panel discussions to raise issues that included:

  • Value of the mining sector to the regional economy and its ability to grow the regionís diversity

  • Transport infrastructure deficiencies particularly the land links between the Cairns Hinterland mines across coastalfreight hubs and the ports of Cairns and Mourilyan

  • Electricity supply to the expanding Cairns Hinterland mines

  • Administrative barriers that delay mine development such as permits, native title and environmental issues

  • Barriers to exploration delaying discovery, evaluation and development of mines

Register your interest in keeping informed

We thank all the businesses that registered or attended the Cairns and Mining Conference.

If you did not attend the conference or have not already registered your interest in the topic of Cairns and Mining please click here, and we will endeavour to keep you informed about other initiatives that may be planned in the future.

For further information: contact Jennifer Brownie