Strong Rally Turnout Calling A Permanent Ban On Fracking In WA

By Stephanie Acevedo A call for a permanent, legislated statewide ban on fracking in WA was held at Parliament house today. At twelve o’clock, the protest saw a rally and presentation of one of the state’s biggest petitions.  Among the crowd were climate experts, such as former head of CSIRO’s atmospheric research team and former…

WA Mining Employment Highest in State History

By Stephanie Acevedo A record number of people have been employed in WA’s mining industry in the past year than at any other time in the State’s history, new figures reveal. The Latest statistics from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for the 2017-18 financial year showed more than 112,000 people were directly…

Kwinana Lithium Refinery construction to create local job opportunities

The McGowan Government announced today that plans to build a new lithium refinery in Kwinana will go ahead. The joint venture between Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile and Kidman Resources, will see the refinery producing approximately 40,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate and/or lithium hydroxide each year. Minerals will be processed at the proposed mine…

FIFO Code Of Practice May Not Be Enough To Prevent Suicide

The Code of Practice for the mental health of FIFO workers might not be going far enough in assisting the prevention of adverse mental health and suicide rates in FIFO workers. Greens Spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon said while it superficially identified some risks to works, it failed to provide examples of best…

Bill Johnston to visit Africa’s leading mining conference.

Mines and Petroleum Minister, Bill Johnston, is travelling to South Africa tomorrow to present at the Indaba 2018 Mining and Investment conference, promoting Western Australia’s world-class mining and technology services. On behalf of the McGowan Government, Mr Johnston will sign a five year extension of our State’s Memorandum of Understanding with Secretary General, Sindiso Ngwenya,…

New Courses Prepare Youth for the Jobs of the Future

The Western Australian Government has joined forces with Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE to design new curriculum to give apprentices the required skills for jobs in the mining industry’s future. These new courses are set to be created in 2018 and implemented in 2019 as post-secondary and industry traineeships. They will give young people…

Funding Investment Boosts FIFO Mental Health Research

Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) mental health is set to receive a boost in Western Australia following an investment into research involving the wellbeing and mental health impact of the FIFO arrangement on workers. The State Government has granted the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Centre for Transformative Work Design $498,841 for research to understand the range…

EXCLUSIVE: One Nation Stands Against Gold Levy

In the September budget, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced a new tax on the gold sector as a solution to the dire state of WA’s finances, however on Tuesday, the WA One Nation Party are set to make a motion against it. Earlier this week, Mr Wyatt publicly criticised gold miners for refusing to pay…

Fight to End Yeelirrie Uranium Mining Project

The Conservation Council of Western Australia and members of the Tjiwarl Native Title group are taking legal action against environmental approval for the Yeelirrie uranium mining proposal. This was one of the last decisions the Barnett government made, with Environmental Minister Albert Jacobs approving the mine, despite the Environmental Protection Agency warning unique subterranean fauna may…

Government Engages Industry To Boost Local Jobs

The State Government kicks off a range of industry engagement consortiums to boost tourism activities, hoping to creating more local jobs. The consortium will allow industry key stakeholders to provide valuable feedback on the Labor Government’s election promises, resulting better outcomes and decision makings. Industries such as tourism, defence, agribusiness, international education, manufacturing, aquaculture, creative…