Mines and Energy Ministers have agreed to the second phase of a co-operative program of geoscience mapping as a stimulus for Australia’s petroleum and minerals industries.
Ministers from around Australia, the Commonwealth and representatives from New Zealand, meeting in Perth for the Australia and New Zealand Minerals and Energy Council (ANZMEC), agreed to the mapping program for high priority areas in Australia.
Chairman of ANZMEC and Western Australian Minister for Mines George Cash said information from the first stage of the program had already proved valuable for mineral and petroleum exploration companies and for decisions on land use evaluation and management of ground water resources.
Mr Cash said many geological maps in areas of economic interest were now more than 20 years old and completely outdated.
“The latest technology being used in the accelerated program provides access to a whole new spectrum of information about geological formations and the resources they may contain,” he said.
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