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Mineral Resources Tasmania


Tasmania has remarkable geological diversity and more than a century's history as a significant minerals producer. The State exports ores and concentrates of iron, copper, lead, zinc, tin, high-grade silica and tungsten.

The total value of mining and metallurgical production in Tasmania was $1.82 billion in 2016/17. The mineral extraction and processing sector is Tasmania's largest export industry and accounts for more than 50 per cent of mercantile exports.

Tasmania has three large operating mines, including long-term producers Rosebery (zinc, lead, gold, copper, silver), Savage River (magnetite, which is converted into iron ore pellets at Port Latta) and the Renison Joint Venture a major Tin producer. A number of proposed projects are also in various stages of development.

Tasmania's major operating mines are:

  • Rosebery Mine: silver, lead, zinc mining
  • Renison Mine: tin mining
  • Savage River Mine: magnetite (iron ore) mine
  • Henty Mine: gold mining
  • Cornwall Coal: coal mining in northeast Tasmania

Proposed projects include:

  • Avebury Mine: nickel at Zeehan
  • Mount Lindsay: iron and tin-tungsten
  • King Island: scheelite

Mines on Care and Maintenance:

  • Mt Lyell Mine: Copper mining at Queenstown
  • Avebury Nickel Mine at Zeehan