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Small scale Tanzanite miner becomes overnight millionaire

A small scale miner in Tanzania has become an overnight millionaire after unearthing $4.9 million worth of Tanzanite stones. The artisanal miner, Saniniu Laizer scored the big payday from the country’s mining ministry for two massive gemstones that had a combined weight of 15kg (9.2kg and 5.8kg), the biggest ever found. The father of 30 […]

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How the resource sector has changed since 1991

The resource sector has changed considerably in the last 30 years. In 1991 gold was by far the number one resource contributing to the economy of Western Australia. As you can see from the chart below, things started to change with the mining boom at the start of the new millennium. China’s rise as a […]

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The $64 billion port

Situated off the northern coast of the Pilbara the port of Port Hedland may not mean much to most Australians but this tiny corner of WA is punching far and above its weight. The port and its supply chain pumped $54.7 billion into WA’s economy in 2018/19 and supports one in every 12 jobs throughout […]

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Rehabilitating the South West’s tuart forest

Senior Environmental Supervisor, Greg Overton, talks us through the remarkable job he and his team have done to rehabilitate the old Ludlow mineral sands mine. The Greg and his team, working with the Ludlow Working Party, are aspiring to restore the area to what it would have looked like before the first loggers went in […]

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Creating a wetland wonderland at Schwenke’s Dam

When the opportunity arose to create unique and lasting wetlands in the heart of WA’s south west, local conservation groups jumped at the chance. The Waterbird Project at Schwenke’s Dam aimed to transform a historic mine void at Greenbushes into a haven for waterbirds and a space for recreation activities such as birdwatching and nature […]

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