A new state-of-the-art jet is set to join the Western Australian aeromedical fleet of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) following a further $15 million investment by Rio Tinto.

Newmont Corporation has announced that its Board of Directors unanimously approved investment in an Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) at Boddington in Australia to enhance safety and productivity, while also extending mine life. Once fully operational in 2021, Boddington will be the world’s first open pit gold mine with an autonomous haul truck fleet.

Perth-based explorer, Impact Minerals has announced that it has received firm commitments to raise $2,100,505 (before costs) via a placement of 233,389,497 ordinary shares.

The explorer behind one of the largest gold drilling programs commenced by a junior in Western Australia this year says first key assays can now be expected as early as mid-next month.

Chris Tuckwell has called time on his 11-year run at Perth-based services contractor MACA and will leave the company early next month.

Gold has surged more than 1 per cent to fetch more than US$1600 ($2389.92) an ounce as Apple’s surprise warning about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak fuelled concerns about global economic weakness, driving investors to lower-risk assets.

To reduce capital costs, Sheffield Resources has cut back on activities at its Thunderbird mineral sands project in Western Australia.

A joint venture with Sandfire Resources has been established by Oz Minerals’ Cloncurry Alliance and Minotaur Exploration to explore a tenement group near Cloncurry in Queensland.

Rio Tinto has approved a $98 million (100 per cent basis) investment in a new solar plant at the Koodaideri mine in the Pilbara, Australia, as well as a lithium-ion battery energy storage system to help power its entire Pilbara power network.

The delay of an Image Resources shipment of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) from February to March is the latest in a series of setbacks caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Local organisations have joined in the chorus of voices that have slammed the Town of Port Hedland’s decision to reduce the payable back-rates charged to big mining companies.