Michael Wright

A message from Michael Wright

Deputy Secretary, Division of Resources and Geoscience

Welcome to the latest Division of Resources and Geoscience stakeholder e-newsletter, the first since my recent appointment to the role of Deputy Secretary.

Having acted in the role for some time, I’m excited to be taking on the role permanently, and I’m proud to continue leading the Division in growing our geoscientific knowledge and facilitating the ecologically sustainable development of geological resources to benefit the people of NSW.

The recent NSW election has led to some reorganisation of Ministerial portfolios, government departments and clusters.

The Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade, John Barilaro MP, is now responsible for the resources portfolio. We look forward to working with him to promote the safe and sustainable use and access to the state’s resources for the benefit of the people of the NSW.

In other changes, as of 1 July, the Division will sit in the broader Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster. The bringing together of these major portfolios seeks greater efficiencies and integration across key areas including the environment, our natural resources – land, water, mining, energy, and regional NSW.

There is no change to our Division’s purpose though. Our focus remains on improving systems and processes, reducing red tape and providing better services to our customers and communities. We will keep you informed of changes and feel free to contact the Division with any questions.

I’m pleased also to update you on the progress of Stage 2 of the new Titles Management System (TMS) currently being developed. The TMS aims to deliver a fit-for-purpose platform for end-to-end management of titles administration with increased transparency and accountability. The technical release to internal users has gone well and we’re now working to refine the system based on user feedback. The system will be rolled out in consultation with industry, with initial industry feedback at the recent Mining Industry Liaison Committee meeting being positive. We look forward to further consultations taking place in the lead up to the system’s release in Q4 2019.

This newsletter highlights some of the important recent work we’ve done including:

  • positioning NSW as a key supplier for the growing global demand for metals with the launch of the NSW Minerals Strategy.
  • informing the community about metals and energy sources in the state by launching the High-tech Metals Resources of NSW map and the latest version of the NSW Renewable Energy Resources of NSW map.
  • supporting research, development and demonstration of low emissions coal technologies across the state through the Coal Innovation NSW Fund.


Government releases new NSW Minerals Strategy
The NSW Minerals Strategy positions NSW as a key supplier for the growing global demand for metals and supports exploration for the State’s largely untapped metal resources.
High-tech Metal Resources of NSW map released
This new map shows areas in NSW that currently produce, or have the potential to produce, high-tech metals. It also explains how they contribute to our high-tech, connected and more environmentally sustainable society.  
$6.5 million funding boost for innovative low emission technology
The brightest minds in the NSW resources and power generation sectors have been awarded more than $6.5 million in funding for their research ideas.
New resources Minister meets female recruits at Wambo mine
The State’s new resources Minister, Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, took his first tour underground at Wambo mine in Bulga, and met with some of the mine’s newest recruits.
Titles Quarterly Performance Report (1 October to 31 December 2018 and 1 January to 31 March 2019) released.
View the latest statistics and information on the operating performance for the provision of titles services.
Updated Renewable Energy Resources of NSW map released
The latest version of the Renewable Energy Resources of NSW map is an informative tool to help the community understand the renewable energy and resource potential of NSW.
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Coolabah and Mt Oxley explanatory notes released
The Geological Survey of NSW has released the Coolabah and Mt Oxley explanatory notes, which are expected to be the last two standard map sheet explanatory notes to be published.
Register for the NSW Exploration Data Workshop in Orange
This half day workshop will showcase the new geological models and prospectivity datasets produced by the Geological Survey of NSW. It will also provide an overview of its data discovery and delivery systems – MinView and DIGS.
Register for the Uncover Curnamona event in Broken Hill

Participants will share information and ideas from cutting-edge research by the Geological Surveys of NSW and South Australia and collaborative partners, and mineral explorers under the UNCOVER Initiative themes.

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