Northern Territory

Job-creating event underway in Alice Springs

The Territory Government’s premier resources event kicks off in Alice Springs. The Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES) brings researchers, geoscientists, explorers and investors together to network, share knowledge and identify future opportunities in the exploration sector.

NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said a healthy exploration and resources sector creates jobs and supports regional areas.

“The resources industry employs more than 4000 people, and in 2017 the Territory recorded its highest ever minerals sales with a value of $3.63 billion during the 2016-17 period,” he said.

“The sector is a cornerstone of our economy and AGES is a chance for us to promote what the Territory has to offer to explorers and investors, to boost investment and create jobs.

“This is the 19th AGES and more than 200 delegates are enjoying the hospitality of the red centre while hearing from a range of industry and government experts.”

Highlights of the program include the latest geoscience data and interpretations from the Northern Territory Geological Survey’s programs under the Creating Opportunities for Resource Exploration (CORE) initiative.

“This is the most up-to-date data available, and will provide exciting insights into the untapped potential of under-explored areas of the Territory,” Mr Vowles said.

AGES will also feature some of the first major releases from Geoscience Australia’s $100.5 million Exploring for the Future initiative, and results from a collaboration between the NT Government and CSIRO.

“The Territory offers outstanding opportunities for resource exploration, with much of our potential unexplored and unrealised,” Mr Vowles said.

“The information being released at AGES is all about making the Territory an attractive place to invest. AGES is a key element of the government’s strategy to support the sustainable growth of the resources industry to create jobs.

“The Mining Services Expo will run alongside AGES, showing that Territory businesses have the capacity to support the industry.”

Source: NT Government