Koolan Island: Main pit closed for repairs

Mount Gibson has closed Koolan Island iron ore mine’s main pit to repair a section of sea wall.

Management told The Australian repairs are expected to take about four weeks, and all workers had been redeployed to another pit.

The Australian [read this story]



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Monday, October 27th, 2014 Business and finance Comments Off

Halls Creek: More gold found

Drillers have found more high-grade gold ore at Nicholson gold project, south of Halls Creek.

Photo: Proactive Investors

Photo: Proactive Investors

Nicholson’s gold project is at Lamboo station.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014 Business and finance, Halls Creek Comments Off

New methods to detect toxic mine water seepage

Researchers say they have found a reliable new way of predicting whether water seeping from a mine into a creek is toxic.

After studying an east Kimberley nickel mine they say toxins only seem to affect animals in the creek in the late dry and early wet seasons.

This, they say, is easily predicted by seeing how readily the water samples conduct electricity.

Science Network [read this story]

This appears to be good news as it is much easier to control the flow of water at these times.

There was no legal requirement to conduct this research.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014 Business and finance, Environment Comments Off

Halls Creek: EPA approves rare earth mine

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a rare earths mine at Browns Range, 160 kilometres southeast of Halls Creek.

WAToday [read this story]


Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 Business and finance, Halls Creek Comments Off

Robin Chapple on abandoned uranium project

Areva Resources has abandoned its North Canning uranium project near Derby.

The West Australian [read this story]

Robin Chapple MLC

Robin Chapple MLC

Robin Chapple MLC is asking whether it received Royalties for Regions funding, and if so, whether the money was spent.

“I am gobsmacked at the constant allocations of funding being poured into the pockets of those already at the very top of the super-rich mining pyramid,” Mr Chapple said.

“It’s obvious that the State is struggling to provide affordable housing, energy infrastructure, good public transport options, community and health services, let alone take care of our fragile environment.”

You can read his statement here:

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 Business and finance, Environment, Government Comments Off

Halls Creek: Shire to present Tanami track upgrade business case

Halls Creek shire is about to present its case to the body that advises governments on infrastructure developments.

The Tanami Track in the wet season

The Tanami Track in the wet season

The shire has been lobbying for many years to have the Tanami Road upgraded to bitumen.

Farm Weekly [read this story]

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 Business and finance, Government, Halls Creek, Local Government Comments Off

Ellendale: Diamonds auction nets $5million

Kimberley Diamonds has raised more than $5million in an auction of Ellendale Diamonds.

Photo Proactive Investors

Photo Proactive Investors

The price achieved is the highest since the company bought the mine early last year.

This was an auction of its lower-grade diamonds, not the fancy yellow diamonds which it sells exclusively to Tiffany’s. [read this story]


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Friday, June 20th, 2014 Business and finance, Derby Comments Off

Robin Chapple on uranium and Barnett

Robin Chapple MLC says Colin Barnett is “hell bent on destroying the West Kimberley”.

Robin Chapple MLC

Robin Chapple MLC

His comments come after a uranium exploration company received a subsidy to explore the Canning Basin.

“This is a cynical payback … for the Kimberley for having rejected his James Price Point pipe dream”  Mr Chapple said.

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Sunday, June 8th, 2014 Business and finance, Government, Opinion Comments Off
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