Breaking Ground: What Mining is All About

MiningThe mining industry is one of the Australian economy’s mainstay trade. Australia is home to many regions that are especially rich in materials just there for the digging. Harvesting the inherent mineral riches of the Earth has always been a job for extraordinary men. Some people think it’s only as simple as blasting up rocks and taking the ore back for processing, but it is not. It is more than that. Here are the two principles mining companies have to keep in mind.

Sustainability

Back in the day, mining (and other large-scale industries) did not have to think about what happens to the Earth when they do their job. This was when the Earth and its resource reserves were still in good condition and in abundance. But today, it is a known fact that precious Earth materials and its condition are getting scarcer and worse by the year. Some of these naturally-occurring minerals are not renewable. To put things in better perspective, if the mining industries mine these minerals faster than the Earth can replenish it, they may find themselves out of a job in due time. This said sustainability is a huge question.

Mining companies should be aware of the corporate responsibility that comes with mining practices to ensure sustainability. These entities should cooperate to develop new technologies that improve the amount of economically viable materials. Additionally, they should also implement environment-preserving policies to reduce pollution. Investing and implementing these renews the already-diminished mineral reserves of the Earth, ensuring a future for both producers and consumers in the mining industry.

Safety

Safety is always a concern in every industry. Digging up minerals in the Earth is not without its dangers. Mining has many occupational hazards  not limited to rock falls, cave-ins, machinery accident and radiation exposure from radioactive materials. This said mining companies have to implement safety and accident prevention policies to keep the miners out of harm’s way. This includes issuing and requiring the use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) on-site, regular safety evaluations, seminars and training to issuing every miner with Take 5 books to know their safety plans and procedures, according to Bsprint.com.au.

To conclude, mining is not just about breaking ground and taking the dirt back for processing. It involves keeping the Earth viable for future mining as well as keeping everyone involved safe. These two principles ensure that mining remains a proactive, efficient and sustainable industry.

Improving Your Home’s Safety through Fence Installation

cyclone fenceCrimes have become rampant; leaving your door open even just a minute could lead to stolen valuable items. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, there are already 335,700 break-ins recorded in 2009-10. To prevent household burglary, cyclone fencing is a must.

But, aside from protecting your home from burglars, fences serve a number of purposes. DTSWA.com.au discusses the benefits of cyclone fencing and other types below:

Protects Your Home From Unwanted Guests

With a fence installed, you are boosting your home’s protection against unwanted guests, not just burglars. Do you feel irritated when someone snoops around your home? Though they are not burglars, these unwanted guests definitely disturbs your home’s privacy.

Helps Keep Your Children Safe

Adding a fence around your home helps keep your children safe. As you know, children are playful, and they tend to run around a lot. You can keep them safe from the dangers of the streets by installing a physical barrier such as a fence.

Improves the Aesthetic Appeal of Your Home

Though a chain-link wire fence is not as attractive as most types of fences, it still looks decent and neat. It is always one of the most affordable fencing solutions around, but you can try to improve its appearance by planting flowery shrubs and vines to adorn its walls.

Keeps Pets Safe From Predators

If you have pets such as cats, dogs or chickens, you can help them avoid getting lost or be eaten by predators through installing a fence. Australia’s animal population rivals its human population. There are coyotes, foxes, etc. that might prey upon your pets.

Do you now see the necessity of fences to your home? If you haven’t installed fences yet, then you should be taking action now. Boost your home’s security to reap these benefits.

The China-Driven Boom: Why Chinese Investors Keep Buying Australian Properties

chinese investorAustralia owes China big time, at least from the perspective of the real estate market. The influx of investments has helped the national economy, and reports say that most of these investments come from China. As a matter of fact, experts have found that China is currently the number one investor in the Australian property market.

But while realtors are rejoicing on this, some can’t help but wonder why this is happening. In the opinion of industry experts, investors have two reasons.

The first reason is simple: diversification. All financial advisers agree that the key to beating inflation and succeeding in making your own money work for you is to create a diverse, income-generating portfolio. The stock market surely is the first option, but investors have to venture outside of this domain. Mutual funds and bonds also act as effective investment vehicles, but all these are non-tangible assets. Compare this with real estate, which is relatively low-risk and easy to manage, and you’ll understand why investors want properties in their portfolios.

The second reason has something to do with the Australian environment. We all know that the Land Down Under is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world, but even more so for the Chinese. One survey has indicated that Australia is at the top of the Chinese tourist wish list, and that is definitely driving investors to buy properties in the area, too.

Moreover, Australia presents itself as a great emigration destination – and this is what makes properties in the country easy to sell, according to the experts at Laing+Simmons. The Land Down Under has a strong common law process, which makes it ideal for Chinese residents who want to move to English-speaking countries. An impressive education system adds up to the equation, too. Lastly, the environment is pleasant, given the good weather and clean air.

The good news is that houses in Australia will remain attractive in the eyes of investors. As far as the data show, the Chinese-driven boom will continue for a few more years. Hopefully, this continues to strengthen the real estate market and, in effect, have a significant positive impact on the national economy.

Why Buying the Number 13 Condo is Not a Bad Idea

number 13You saw this new high rise in Brisbane CBD: features a beautiful architectural design; has modern facilities; and is conveniently a few minutes away from your office. You checked the interior space and fell in love with it the first time. Your bank’s mortgage approvals ready for your purchase, and your significant other likes it, too. Everything seems so perfect until you find out that the only available unit is number 13.

This scenario is commonplace in the Land Down Under. A study revealed that about 56% of Australians are superstitious. One-third of the population finds anything that has to do with the number 13 uncomfortable.

According to Pointcorp, a premier property developer in Australia, many people still believe in real estate luck even in this modern age. Be it the street, the unit or the date of purchase, a lot of buyers are reluctant to close the deal when the “unlucky digit” is in the mix. While there’s no concrete proof to back these beliefs, to think that it won’t hurt to live by them is the ultimate justification of most.

What you choose to believe in is entirely up to you; however, you can’t ignore the possibility that you might miss something if you let such superstition get in your way when making a decision. What you thought to be a bad luck may actually be a blessing in disguise.

You Might Get a Steal

The stigma of number 13 affects the value of many apartment and condo units. As a lot of buyers don’t want it, hence developers have no choice but to reduce their prices. This means you could be living in the same quality unit as your neighbour’s for a relatively low price.

Think of the amount that you can save and the way your extra money can improve your lifestyle. When buying a property, it pays to be practical most of the time.

You May Compromise the Life You Want
What if this is the perfect living space for your lifestyle, are you going to pass up just because it says 13 on the door?

You have to deal with things pragmatically. Even if the market has plenty of available spaces for sale, all properties are different in one way or another. Opportunity knocks only once; grab the chance to buy the space you think is best for you before somebody else does.

At the end of the day, 13 is just a number. Your decisions, and only them, have got something to do with your luck.