Last week the Gold Industry Group held its inaugural industry networking event at the historic Perth Mint. The event was attended by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Honourable Sean L’Estrange MLA, and 90 members and industry colleagues to discuss the future of Australia’s gold industry and the vision of the Group.

Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer and Gold Industry Group Chairman Richard Hayes spoke about the importance of the Group and what it can achieve collectively.

“The Gold Industry Group’s ultimate reason for being is to provide a unified voice for the industry and to promote gold across Australia and beyond.

“It is about engaging and educating our community on the contribution and value that this industry brings to society,” said Mr Hayes.

Minister L’Estrange shared similar views on the opportunity to promote the gold sector.

“Gold is a sector that is incredibly important to the State of Western Australia and its fantastic you’ve come together as an organisation to share your experiences and ideas.

“Western Australia produces 6% of the world’s total gold production and I think a lot of people in Australia wouldn’t realise the significance of that contribution to our economy.”

Minister L’Estrange also encouraged the Group to engage with Government and spoke of his strong support of Government industry initiatives.

“I recognise the importance of supporting exploration as the ore is getting harder to find. My role as Minister for Mines and Petroleum is to continue to shape the conditions for success through programs such as the explorations incentive scheme,” he said.

Mr Hayes spoke of his commitment as a passionate advocate for gold and his strong support for the Group as Chairman and gold partner.

“The union of diverse stakeholders provided by the Gold Industry Group is extremely important to our industry’s future.  

“Collectively we represent the entire gold value chain – from geological exploration through mine site operations, to refining and fabrication, and the global distribution of gold to the end consumer wherever they may be.”

Mr Hayes said the Group was focused on forging partnerships and affiliate projects with organisations that share the Group’s vision.   

Evolved from the Gold Royalties Response Group, the Gold Industry Group will build on a number of great opportunities to profile gold, both as an industry and as an alternate asset investment class. 

Following the influential #heartofgold campaign our founding members realised what can be achieved when an industry comes together with a common set of goals. The #heartofgold online community of more than 16,000 followers now lives on through the Gold Industry Group. 

“The Group is about bringing our members’ knowledge and experience together, so as to provide a united voice for the industry on a range of issues.”

“By supporting and educating our community and building relationships, we can make a difference to ensure a strong and sustainable future for Australia’s gold industry,” said Mr Hayes.

The Gold Industry Group also announced partnering with Deloitte to host an Innovation breakfast at Diggers & Dealers on August 2, teaming with Women In Mining WA to host a Women in Gold Sundowner on October 7 and supporting the Precious Metals Investment Symposium on October 10-11.

Thank you to our Members: The Perth Mint, Gold Fields Australia, Doray Minerals, Norton Gold Fields, Ramelius Resources, Gold Road Resources, Northern Star Resources, ABC Refinery, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Macmahon Holdings, Ausdrill, Brinks Australia, G4S International Logistics, SMS Innovative Mining Solutions, IFAP, Bulk Bullion, WA Mining Club, Symposium, Cannings Purple and Argonaut.