Galaxy Resources boss Anthony Tse says the company is accelerating plans to develop its US$376 ($529) million Sal de Vida brine project in Argentina.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler is confident vacancies in the local mining industry will be able to absorb workers laid off by Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines in the wake of a second round of redundancies in less than four months.

Australian mid-tier OZ Minerals remains positive about the chance of opening a new nickel province in the remote Goldfields after securing the majority stake in Cassini Resources’ Nebo-Babel nickel-copper project.

St Barbara has poured its two millionth ounce from the evergreen Gwalia operation near Leonora in the northern Goldfields, Western Australia, as new drill results give hope the ultra-deep gold mine extends even further beneath the surface.

BHP said a shutdown at the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter caused by a highly publicised fire will not lead to a drop in annual production for its Nickel West division.

BHP Billiton said it has not seen a material impact from current global trade tensions on its business but remains cautious in the near term.

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines will axe 45 jobs and reposition a further 140 roles at the Kalgoorlie Super Pit in a bid to reduce costs after two rock falls in May reduced production.

Blackham Resources have re-fired open pit mining at the Wiluna gold mine for the first time in a decade in a plan the recovering producer hopes will secure the long-term future of the operations.

BHP’s first-quarter iron ore production has risen eight per cent on the back of strong Chinese demand for high-grade ore, but the world’s biggest miner has cut its fiscal 2019 guidance for copper production, citing outages at key mines.

Saracen Mineral Holdings boss Raleigh Finlayson says the gold miner is unashamedly a growth stock but that organic extensions and exploration will remain its expansion priorities.

Big miner Rio Tinto’s third-quarter iron ore shipments have fallen about five per cent, hurt by planned maintenance and safety pauses across all operations following a fatality.