A WA union is threatening to disrupt the start of construction at a $1 billion lithium processing plant near Bunbury over complaints local workers risked being overlooked.

The unearthing of diamonds along the Orange River more than 150 years ago marked the beginning of South Africa’s journey to becoming a mining juggernaut.

Use it or lose it. It’s a widely accepted tenet of the resources sector from prospectors to mining giants. But how it is applied is increasingly being called into question.

Shares in St Barbara have tumbled more than 30 per cent after the gold miner said it would have to keep using trucking to extract gold from its 123-year-old Gwalia mine in the northern Goldfields.

Parents are discouraging their teenage children from pursuing careers in the resources sector because they mistakenly believe there are “no jobs” in the industry — potentially helping to create a crippling future skills shortage.


Google and Tesla are no longer the only big players in the race towards a self-driving car future, with mining billionaire Andrew Forrest today unveiling plans for a research centre in WA’s North West.

China could slash its iron ore imports by 40 per cent as its Government winds down stimulus of an overpriced housing sector with disastrous consequences for Australian iron ore producers, a conference in Perth was told yesterday.

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says Labor will go halves with the WA Government and other parties on a new $46 million research centre for mining in Perth.

Respected mining academic Professor Sam Spearing will leave his role as Director of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s WA School of Mines in July after announcing his resignation. 

Seven workmates have raised $14,515 for the World’s Greatest Shave, bringing FMG’s Anderson Point office to a halt to watch the spectacle of hair, beard, and even some eyebrows, being lost.

Six areas of excellence will be recognised at this year’s annual Mines and Money Outstanding Achievement Awards.