Last month’s RIU Explorers Conference was the biggest yet, with resources companies, brokers, funds, bankers, investors, government and suppliers come together to discuss exploration and production successes and opportunities.
Now in its 18th year, the conference featured a number of Gold Industry Group members.
At last month's luncheon, WA Mining Club attendees were treated to an update on the Gruyere Gold Project with Gold Fields Australia and Gold Road Resources.
First discovered in 2013, the Gruyere Gold Project site lies 25 kilometres north-east of Gold Road Resources’ original Yamarna belt discovery, and is predicted to be a low-cost, long-life project over the next 13 years – far exceeding the shelf life of most existing Australian mine sites.
Presenting to a crowd of 500 West Australian Mining Club members in May, Stuart Tonkin, Chief Executive Officer Northern Star Resources, began by ensuring their view of the gold industry’s future was seen through rose-coloured glasses.
As CEO of one of Australia’s largest gold producers and a Director on the Gold Industry Group Board, Stuart said future proofing the gold sector through investment in exploration was key to staying steady and maintaining current production levels.
Gold Industry Group Director and corporate leader Sharon Warburton delivered a powerful speech to a full house at the WA Mining Club last month on the importance of supporting a culture of empowerment and mental health in the workplace.
The St Barbara’s Day lunch remembered those who had lost their lives in the industry and Sharon decided to talk about the importance of people and their mental wellbeing.
The WA Mining Club are offering seven $10,000 scholarships to WA university students studying a degree in a mining discipline.
Students studying engineering, geology, metallurgy, environmental science, biology and similar technical disciplines are eligible to enter. Students are welcome to apply for more than one scholarship.
Gold has retained a hallowed place in the history of the Australian resources sector and beyond for generations, and its central part in Western Australia’s past is both colourful and fascinating. However, the story is far from over, and the importance of this rarest of precious metals in today’s economy can be seen when, at this year’s Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum in Kalgoorlie, almost 60% of the program of speakers comprised presentations by gold producers, explorers, prospectors or suppliers.