Western Australia has always been seen as Australia's mining state.
It's the place to work and the place to invest; its red soil synonymous with massive mining projects right around the world. Western Australia has always laid claim to being Australia's number one mining state - but it can't anymore.
In one of the largest and most surprising surveys this year, Canada's Fraser Institute has named the Northern Territory as the country's best region in which to mine and invest in resources.
The survey profiles 93 major mining regions around the world, surveying people in the industry and ranking the regions according to a number of criteria (see March 2012).
Both the Northern Territory and Western Australia were just outside of the yearly survey's top ten, sitting at eleventh and twelfth respectively.
So what has made the Northern Territory suddenly so attractive for miners, precipitating its swift move up the survey charts?
And it has been a sudden move, as last year the Territory only scored 62.2 out 100 yet this year shot up to 81.5; rating ahead of Western Australia which sat on the same score.
The key in the Territory's massive score hike is the Government's approach to mining and resources rather than actual mineral prospectiveness.
The Northern Territory's minister for resources, Kon Vatskalis, said these results haven't come as a surprise for the region.
"The ranking is the result of years of hard work and investment by the Department of Resources and the Northern Territory Government to promote exploration and mining activity in the NT," he said.
Article written by Cole Latimer.