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Government opens $50m critical mineral support program

  • Article
25 Jan 2023

The Australian Government has opened a $50 million grant funding scheme to accelerate development of the country’s critical minerals sector and support downstream processing. The Critical Minerals Development Program will provide grants from $1 million to $30 million. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King said it would help Australia become a trusted and stable global supplier of critical minerals and rare earths, which are crucial for low-emissions technologies such as electric vehicles, batteries and solar panels, as well as aerospace and defence applications. “The road to net zero runs through Australia’s resources sector,” Minister King said.

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Bynder’s first Australian office to power regional growth

  • Article
18 Jan 2023

Dutch technology firm Bynder has opened its first Australian office in Melbourne, Victoria. The move will enable the company to scale its business in the APAC region, where there is growing demand for digital asset management solutions. Bynder CEO Bob Hickey says the company has grown significantly in APAC and the new office will allow Bynder to better serve clients in Australia and across the region.


Australian research hub to boost ‘new era’ of vaccine innovation

  • Media release
10 Jan 2023

Leading French healthcare company Sanofi is investing in a world-first Australian research centre to help drive groundbreaking mRNA technology and vaccine development. Located in the north-eastern state of Queensland, the A$280 million Translational Science Hub will see Australia’s top scientists working with their global peers in France and the United States to “accelerate a new era of vaccine innovation”, says Global Head of Vaccine Research and Development at Sanofi Dr Jean-Francois Toussaint. Sanofi highlighted Queensland Government support, along with world-class local research expertise – including partners the University of Queensland and Griffith University – as deciding factors in its investment.

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Rare earths hit opens up new mining opportunities

  • Article
14 Dec 2022

Australian exploration company Godolphin Resources has discovered significant rare earths mineralisation at its Narraburra project that could lead to new mining and extraction possibilities. The latest diamond drilling results from the site’s weathered and fresh rock zones indicate a much larger rare earths system and “highlight the considerable development potential at Narraburra”, says Godolphin’s Managing Director Jeneta Owens. Located in central west New South Wales, Narraburra is one of Australia’s largest zirconium and rare earth element-rich resources and also contains significant amounts of lithium. Rare earths – commonly used in the low-carbon energy sector – are forecast to become a A$22 billion global market by 2030, doubling in size this decade.

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Gravity energy storage solution gets global lift

  • Article
9 Dec 2022

An innovative Australian renewable energy startup is scaling up its cost-effective gravity-based energy storage technology after forming a partnership with a major international engineering services company. Green Gravity will work with global giant GHD to commercialise the application of its system, which revolves around the principles of gravity and kinetic energy – in this case, lowering ultra-heavy weights down old mine shafts – to store and dispatch renewable energy. “Green Gravity’s technology represents a breakthrough in the search for economic long-duration storage of renewable energy,” says the company’s CEO Mark Swinnerton. “By re-using mining assets, costs can be kept low. By using gravity as the fuel, we dispense with consuming the critical water, land and chemicals that other storage technologies rely on.

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Mega wind farm project powers up

  • Article
2 Dec 2022

Spanish renewable energy giant Acciona Energia has announced a A$2 billion expansion of one of the largest wind farms in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. The development will double the capacity of Queensland’s MacIntyre Wind Precinct to 2,000MW, providing enough power for 1.4 million homes and boosting the state’s commitment to becoming a renewable energy superpower. The new project also doubles the investment by Acciona Energia in the MacIntyre region, being developed in partnership with government-owned energy company CleanCo. “With this project we expect to dramatically accelerate the decarbonisation of Queensland’s electricity grid,” says Acciona Energia’s Managing Director in Australia Brett Wickham.

Spectainer founder Nicholas Press on top of a COLLAPSECON container.

Australian invention solves global shipping problem

  • Investor update
28 Nov 2022

A pioneering Australian technology developer has invented a next-generation collapsible shipping container that is set to revolutionise the global shipping and logistics industry. Spectainer’s automated COLLAPSECON solution collapses up to four containers into one without cranes or manual labour, drastically cutting the cost of handling, storing and transporting empty shipping containers – a multi-billion-dollar problem for the industry. A tracking device on each container provides data on fleet movements and carbon emissions. “Our mission is to pioneer the future of global trade by creating innovative, practical and scalable solutions to evolve the shipping and logistics sector,” says Spectainer’s Founder and Managing Director Nicholas Press.

Vineyard at Orange in NSW

Landmark strategy bolsters investment opportunities

  • Media release
22 Nov 2022

A five-year investment strategy is set to turbocharge Australia’s largest regional economy and accelerate growth in priority industries such as clean energy, circular economy, manufacturing, defence and agrifood. The New South Wales Government’s Regional Investment Attraction Strategy 2022–27 outlines the support and opportunities for businesses looking to expand or establish projects in the state’s regional precincts. It includes A$110 million in grant funding and aims to leverage A$1 billion in private sector investment. “We want to co-invest with businesses from across Australia and around the world to set up and deliver game-changing projects in regional NSW,” says Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole.


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Meet Dr Penny Stewart - creator of orebody learning software

Mining engineer and entrepreneur Penny Stewart has developed and deployed some of the mining industry's first machine learning algorithms. In this video Penny talks about her journey in the mining industry and how it has been supported by the culture of collaboration and innovation in Australia.

Meet Noel Gordon - co-inventor of Google Maps

Transport yourself back to the 1990s, when Software Engineer Noel Gordon found opportunity in the dotcom bust. It led him and three partners to develop moving maps for the web which gave us Google Maps.

Agrifood technology in Australia

Australia has a reputation for clean, green and safe produce and a thriving export market. With a strong R&D ecosystem and government support, it makes us a compelling destination for investors and innovators in agrifood technology.
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Critical Minerals in Australia

Dr Kymberly Talbot from lithium-ion battery developer Feline highlights some of the country’s key competitive advantages.

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