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MEI Online: People News: Australasia: July 11th 2005


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:: Mineral Body Elects New President

Minerals sector professionals from across Australasia converged on Hunter Valley recently for the annual Congress of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the peak body representing professionals in the Asia Pacific region.

Members of The AusIMM met to determine strategies for addressing some of the key challenges facing the minerals sector, and to elect a new President for 2006. The uncontested winner of the election is Professor Peter Lilly, who is currently Director of the Western Australian School of Mines at Curtin University of Technology.

It is anticipated that Professor Lilly will bring insightful and strategic leadership to the AusIMM during a period of heady change.

"We are indeed living in interesting times. It is a period of extraordinary growth and commensurate potential opportunities for professionals in the minerals sector. My goal is to ensure that The AusIMM continues to lead by participating positively, actively and enthusiastically in this challenging environment," said Professor Lilly.

It is hoped that Australia's $50 billion dollar a year export industry will continue to expand in the coming years.

As a senior manager in one of the few remaining universities committed to mining education, Professor Lilly has vowed to place education of the next generation of experts high on the agenda.

"We must place priority on promoting the sustainability of those key centres of excellence in tertiary minerals education and training that remain in Australasia. These key institutions, after all, are necessary for the sustainability of the minerals sector. The AusIMM must continue to support the development and delivery of intellectual resources, primarily through conferences and publications, that underpin technical excellence and the development of best practice community standards in environment, community engagement and OH&S.




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