New Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA Chief Executive Paul Everingham has put a visit to the regions that support the State’s mining industry high on his to-do list as he moves into the role over the next month.

The owner of Kalgoorlie’s Super Pit expects to inform staff next week how many jobs will be cut after two major rock falls last month cut-off access to part of the iconic gold mine.

Atlas Iron’s board has switched its recommendation for shareholders to accept Hancock Prospecting’s all-cash takeover offer in favour of its previous preference for an all-scrip deal with Mineral Resources.

Mineral Resources has dropped out of the race for Atlas Iron, leaving Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting as the only live offer for the junior miner left on the table.

The Palaszczuk Government has allotted over 44,000sqkm of land for exploration to unlock the next round of resource projects. 

Further evidence of a big copper-gold find by Rio Tinto in the East Pilbara emerged yesterday when the mining giant signed an exploration farm-in deal with a tiddler that holds an adjoining tenement in the area.

Owen Hegarty’s acquisitive EMR Capital will buy BHP’s Cerro Colorado copper mine in Chile for up to US$320 ($432) million.

Clive Palmer is kidding himself if he thinks Townsville people have forgiven him for the losses they suffered when his nickel business folded, a rival says.

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan insists the Turnbull Government is doing what it can to support the growth of Western Australia’s emerging lithium industry, saying its primary role in the development will be in promoting a good investment environment.

Exploration work will be ramped up over the next six months at four of Impact Minerals Limited’s (ASX:IPT) 100 per cent owned gold and base metal projects across Australia. 

Takeover target Atlas Iron has given Mineral Resources three days to match or beat a $390 million all cash bid from Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting.