Brazilian miner Vale has declared force majeure on some iron ore contracts after a court-ordered halt to a mine responsible for nearly 9 per cent of its output following a dam burst which likely killed more than 300 people.

Mid-tier gold miner Ramelius Resources is set to formally bring the Tampia gold project near Narembeen under its banner after hitting the threshold to mop up minority investors holding out in its takeover of gold junior Explaurum.

Rio Tinto’s Local Procurement Program has reached a milestone, awarding its 100th work package to a Pilbara business last week.

A once abandoned zinc mine at Lawn Hill is back in business thanks to New Century Resources (NCR) and National Pump and Energy (NPE).

The boss of junior explorer Bellevue Gold says the rate at which drilling at an abandoned mine in the northern Goldfields is unlocking new resources is “incredible”.

A report on the State’s future in battery production has been welcomed by South West leaders as an opportunity to boost the economy. 

The hunt for more gold to feed the rich St Ives gold mine near Kambalda is ramping up as the mine’s South African owner, Gold Fields, starts drilling on a joint venture to the east of the 350,000 ounces a year operation.

Busselton’s first fly-in-fly-out councillor hopes to see Busselton-Margaret River Airport become a central transport hub for the South West’s massive mining workforce.

A digger operator at the Mt Marion lithium project near Kalgoorlie avoided serious injury last month when his machine toppled over onto its side.

Eastern Goldfields will be looking to raise at least $22 million and return to share trading after creditors approved a rescue plan late last week.

Sean Smith: There is no point talking about the long-term future of Collie without a sharper focus on the short-term.