Rio Tinto believes the lessons it learnt developing driverless trucks, drill rigs and most recently train technology can be used in the application of autonomous vehicles in everyday life.

In Kalgoorlie-Boulder, where mine blasts from the famous Super Pit shake homes and businesses every day, new technology has been tapped in a WA businessman’s long-running quest to find a new “Golden Mile” beneath locals’ feet.

Billionaire investors are being encouraged to visit WA to see the energy revolution that the Government hopes will power the State’s economy.

Shares in Galena Mining have soared after the company announced the sale of a 40 per cent stake in its Abra lead-silver project in the Gascoyne to Japan’s Toho Zinc for $90 million.

Sandfire Resources boss Karl Simich has indicated the company is eyeing more merger and acquisition opportunities after an initial approach to MOD Resources was turned down by the Botswana-focused copper explorer last week.

Fortescue Metals Group has reported a five per cent rise in its second-quarter iron-ore shipments as its new mid-grade products helped lift output amid worries of slowing Chinese growth.

Australian mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto are set to join the push for an indigenous voice to Federal Parliament.

Australian iron ore miners and the WA Treasury are likely to gain financially from the human tragedy of Vale’s burst dam in Brazil.

The Dampier community has welcomed council approval for a long-awaited plan to transfer a host of community sites from Rio Tinto to City of Karratha ownership as a key step towards “normalising” the port town.

MACA is positioned for a US$220 ($306) million mining contract if Emerald Resources goes ahead with a Cambodian gold project.

Azumah Resources has hit a major milestone by achieving its goal of one million ounces in ore reserve at its Wa Gold Project.