This year's Diggers & Dealers was the most optimistic in years with more than 2100 delegates descending on Kalgoorlie for mining's biggest annual event.
Although a light was shining on gold and exploration budgets have grown, it was clear that more investment in exploration is needed to ensure the future of the sector.
A unique initiative has been launched today to give Resolute Mining Limited shareholders the opportunity to receive dividend payments in gold.
Resolute has today announced a dividend of 1.7c per share following the adoption of an innovative gold sales-linked dividend policy. Their partnership with The Perth Mint will provide shareholders with the opportunity to receive dividend payments in gold.