Beacon Minerals has lamented the difficulty in attracting residential workers to the Goldfields as the company opened the Jaurdi Gold Project near Coolgardie.

Speaking at the mine’s opening, Beacon executive chairman Geoff Greenhill said the company wanted residential, but given the circumstances had to pivot more towards a fly-in, fly-out workforce.

“We operated in Coolgardie back in the 80s and 90s and at that stage we were able to source all our workers from Coolgardie,” he said.

“It is a sign of the times now that people like to live in the bigger cities.”

The mine was opened by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston, who said the speed at which it reached production was impressive.

North West Central MLA Vince Catania said the State needed to ensure royalties flowed back to the Goldfields.