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Baker to talk at Nelson Discussion Group

One of the key mining industry voices in New Zealand will lead the next AusIMM Nelson Discussion Group meeting on the vexing topic of No New Mines on the Conservation Estate.

That issue has been the catch cry of left members of the Coalition Government and it was a major theme for discussion at the recent 2018 AusIMM New Zealand Mining Conference in Tauranga.

Leading the discussion group in Nelson next Friday is chief executive of Straterra, Chris Baker, who has been involved in several media and conference agenda discussions on the matter.

Baker said there is a need for industry members to see what can be done about the issue.

Friday evening’s meeting will be in the Constance Barnicoat Room at Richmond Library at 280 Queen Street, Richmond.

The AusIMM said that in the next few weeks the Government will start a consultation process around its proposal that there be “no new mines on conservation land”.

Announcement of this proposal came without warning or any details as to what is being considered. Yet the proposal poses a significant threat to mining companies, those who provide goods and services to them and to the communities around them.

Both the NZ branch of the AusIMM and Straterra have pledged to be actively involved in sharing key information, tools and ideas to help us balance the conversation about the importance of mining in the country.

The Nelson Discussion Group will hold its final meeting of the year on December 14, as a Christmas Party at the Nelson Golf Club. John Dow will speak on the disastrous 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption in Hawaii.

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Straterra chief Chris Baker.