South32 shareholders may be about to reap more cash returns from the diversified miner as it continues to enjoy healthy prices for its commodities and benefits from strong operating results.

Tianqi Lithium’s landmark first-stage $400 million plant at Kwinana is all-but finished and into a long commissioning phase that should lead to Asian customers taking high-value lithium hydroxide from WA in the second half of the year.

 

Mining giant Rio Tinto shipped 338.2 million tonnes of iron ore from its Pilbara operations in 2018, in line with full-year guidance.

Mining mogul Gina Rinehart retains her spot at the top of Forbes' Aussie rich list despite falling iron ore prices knocking her wealth down US$1.8 ($2.5) billion, to US$14.8 ($20.6) billion.

Livid minority shareholders in Flinders Mines have succeeded in getting a meeting to vote on the proposed delisting of the company postponed to February 6.

Workers had to be pulled back from a construction area because of smoke as a bushfire burned near the Gruyere gold mine in the remote northern Goldfields last week, but one of the owners of the $621 million joint venture said the blaze did not pose a major threat.

Bunbury Port could be spun out of the troubled Southern Ports Authority and merged with operations at Fremantle after Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan suggested the current set-up was not working.

Queensland’s coal industry has stayed true to form by again revealing its significance to the State’s economy, according to new data from the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

BHP and Bluescope Steel have axed an historic domestic shipping contract, leaving nearly 80 Australian maritime workers without a job.

Businessman Kerry Stokes has taken advantage of the recent strong run of Saracen Mineral Holdings to cash out nearly a quarter of his holding in the mid-tier gold miner, netting more than US$21 ($30) million.

Four workers were lucky to escape serious injury when a massive sinkhole swallowed two vehicles — including an explosives truck — and equipment at a WA mine site late last year.