A Kalgoorlie-Boulder mining veteran who feels he has been prematurely consigned to the scrap heap has vented his frustration at the unwillingness of local mining companies to employ him.

Forget the America’s Cup, Observation City, the old R&I Tower or even the $1.2 billion Bell Resources swindle.

The Kalgoorlie Super Pit is officially in play, and WA-based gold miner Northern Star Resources is “one of the frontrunners” to take control of part or all of the asset.

Last night Albemarle held the first of five job information sessions in Bunbury as part of the company’s recruitment drive.

Monadelphous has secured a $60 million contract for work on mining giant Rio Tinto’s Pilbara iron ore rail network.

Treasurer Ben Wyatt has predicted WA’s short-lived iron ore bonanza is drawing to a rapid end with the spot price for the key commodity on track to fall back in line with the State Budget’s predicted $US73.50 a tonne.

Northern Minerals has signed a rare earths supply agreement with Germany’s Thyssenkrupp, just days after terminating a deal with China’s Lianyugang Zeyu New Materials Sales.

Albemarle has confirmed it is crimping its investment plans in WA as part of a $US1.5 billion ($2.2 billion) cut in capital spending globally over the next five years, in response to soft conditions in the lithium market.

The City of Karratha is expecting to generate an extra half-a-million dollars a year in revenue after receiving ministerial approval to change the way it rates major resource facilities.

China’s iron ore futures were on course for their biggest weekly drop since March 2018 on Friday, slumping for the seventh-straight day amid stabilising supply from major miners.

Queensland based engineering company, Australian Diversified Engineering (ADE), is aiming to combat the dangers of mine haul road networks with their new phone app ‘Friction Plus by ADE’, which has been developed to measure the coefficient of friction on a mine site’s haul roads.