Mining broadly relates to the extraction of minerals occurring naturally as solids such as coal and ores, liquids such as crude petroleum, or gases such as natural gas. First stage processing of minerals and mineral extracts, while closely related to the mining industry, is included as part of the manufacturing industry.
In 2003/04 the value of mineral production was $545.5m, an increase of 15.2% on the previous year. The main reason for this growth was increased demand for base metals due to the growth of China's economy.
MINING SUMMARY, Tasmania
Total mining (excluding "Services to Mining")
service income (b)
^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Other than petroleum.
(b) Includes rent leasing and hiring income.
(c) Excludes the drawings of working proprietors.
Sources: Mining Operations, Australia (cat. no. 8415.0), Mining and Petroleum Exploration, Australia (cat. no. 8412.0).
For a map showing locations of mines and processing plants look under 'Exploration & Mining/Mining Industry/Infrastructure Map' on the Mineral Resources Tasmania website available at: http://www.mrt.tas.gov.au