Our Gems WA presents a FREE Tour Guide Workshop hosted by Tourism Council WA

Our Gems WA has partnered with the Tourism Council of WA to present a FREE Learn to be a Tour Guide from the experts! course.

The one-day course on Tuesday 26 October was developed by award-winning touring & training organisation Global Gypsies and conveys the basic principles of guiding in a fun and supportive environment.

The course is ideal for new or aspiring guides, or existing guides wanting to brush up their skills, and is suitable for full-time, part-time, casual or volunteer guides in a range of diversified working environments.  Participants will receive a workbook and Certificate of Completion.

There are only 20 spaces available and lunch is included, the venue has yet to be announced but for more information or to book, please visit


Mental Health First Aid

RCS is holding a 2 day standard Mental Health First Aid Course on 11th & 12th November.

Course is open to to the public. Only 20 places available. No walk ins or unregistered participants.

Tickets can be purchased from

This 2 day standard mental health first aid course will teach you how to provide initial support to someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis or problem.

Learn the signs & symptoms of common mental health problems in adults, how to provide initial help, where & how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.


New Solar Energy Plant a money saver & reduces emissions

Northern Star Resources is toasting a “win-win” with the recent commissioning of a solar energy project at its Carosue Dam operations, 120kms north east of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.  The project, delivered by Nomadic Energy, has seen the start-up of a 3.3MW re-deployable solar farm at the goldmine, expected to offset about 3,548 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

The installation adds to an existing 1MW solar farm commissioned at the site in January last year, with a further 2MW of solar capacity earmarked for early next year.   Carosue Dam General Manager Rob Williamson said the initiative was saving the goldminer cash while reducing the operation’s greenhouse gas emissions. “So its a win-win for the company” he said.

Nomadic Energy Technical Director Simon James said the company was looking forward to expanding the project next year.  “We are happy to be playing a key part in the WA Government’s goal of net zero scope 1-3 green house gas emissions by 2050” Mr James said.

Nomadic Energy was the recipient of the State Government’s inaugural Clean Energy Future Fund grant program announced in January, which contributed $1 million to the project.

Rail upgrades speed nickel freight for EV transition

Upgrades on the Leonora freight line have taken another step as demand for nickel transported on the network continues to grow.  Arc Infrastructure recently completed the $5 million seventh stage of an eight-step $56 million upgrade to the 260km Leonora Branch Line (LBL)between the northern Goldfields outpost and Kalgoorlie-Boulder, which is due to be completed next year.

The LBL is seen as a critical part of the freight network in part because of its use to transport nickel, which is in demand as the world shifts towards electric vehicles, which use nickel batteries.  Arc said the upgrades of the LBL builds on the company’s recent investment in the Goldfields region, which earlier this year saw the opening of the Hampton Intermodal Terminal to support the BHP Nickel west transport task.

The completion of the stage seven works – which saw 17.4km of track upgraded between Myamin and Menzies, as well as Doney and Goongarrie – will bring train journey times on this part of the network down by 10 minutes, according to the company.  The LBL is a standard gauge link to the Eastern Goldfields Railway and Esperance Branch Line.


CREDIT – Tom Robinson (Kalgoorlie Miner)

Ngaanyatjarra Lands Renewable Energy Project Energy Project – LOCAL SUB-CONTRACTOR REQUIRED

Horizon Power invites suitably qualified suppliers to respond to the EOIHP10007 Ngaanyatjarra Lands Renewable Energy Project Expression Of Interest (EOI).

This EOI seeks suppliers to:

  • Demonstrate their capability to deliver the scope of works;
  • Provide indicative cost estimates for the scope; and
  • Propose technology solutions for the scope

The scope of works includes the addition of solar Photovoltaic (PV) + Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS) facilities to complement the existing diesel generation assets.  The EOI will allow the respondents to submit a response for a portfolio of up to 11 communities, located mostly in and in proximity to the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

Horizon Power encourages local, regional, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registered suppliers to respond. The successful contractor will also be encouraged to source, partner or subcontract to local businesses and suppliers to complete the requirements of the works.


Regionally based subcontractors with any of the following skillsets are encouraged to register an interest working with the head contractor by completing the Registration of Interest Form linked here

  • Licenced Surveyor
  • Civil Works
  • Installation on PV array
  • Licenced Electrical Contractors
  • Electrical installers of residential or smaller scale BESS

Horizon releases Kalpini gold resource after stellar drill hits

Horizon Minerals has released a new mineral resource estimate for its Kalpini project about 65 kilometres northeast of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia. The revised resource weighs in at 1.87 million tonnes grading 2.33 grams per tonne for 139,000 ounces of the precious yellow metal.

Kalpini is one of six key satellite gold deposits that underpins Horizon’s proposed flagship Boorara gold production hub about 15km east of Kalgoorlie.

That Horizon has managed to pick up so many projects and do so many deals around Kalgoorlie should come as no surprise to punters that know its board members.  Jon Price is the original quintessential mining man. He is as much metallurgist as he is businessman and he is just as at home doing deals in the front bar of the Palace Hotel in Kalgoorlie as he is in the boardrooms of West Perth.

Company Chairman, Ashok Parekh is a bit like beach sand in so much as he gets into everything. He is often referred to as the unofficial Mayor of Kalgoorlie and his network of contacts is extreme and two tiered. On the one hand he can be seen drinking and doing deals with the region’s prospectors at The Tatts Club in Kalgoorlie most Friday nights and equally, he mixes it with some of the biggest names in mining on a regular basis.

The third major cog to the Horizon wheel is non-executive Director Peter Bilbe who, as the Chairman of the $6.8b Independence Group has impeccable blue chip credentials and a string of mining successes to his name.

Maximus onto “Kambalda style” nickel sulphides at Hilditch West

Maximus Resources says a detailed piece of geological detective work on some drill chips has confirmed the nickel sulphides at its Hilditch West project near Kambalda resemble the nickel sulfides that put Kambalda on the geological map many years ago.   The company says the potential source might be an as yet undrilled near-by conductor lurking deeper in the stratigraphy that will take centre stage when the rods start spinning again.

Maximus controls about 48 square kilometres of land across the fertile Spargoville shear zone 20km west of the Kambalda Township. The Spargoville shear zone hosts the very high-grade Wattle Dam Gold Mine that was active up to 2012. Wattle Dam was one of Australia’s highest-grade gold mines and produced around 286,000 ounces of gold at an eye-watering grade of 10.1 g/t. Maximus is seeking to develop several small high-grade operations within its tenements while continuing its search for the next Wattle Dam.

Whilst gold remains a prime target, it would appear that Maximus also has a significant nickel opportunity on its hands. The company interprets the Spargoville Shear zone that runs through its tenements to host a near contiguous belt of nickel deposits including Mincor Resources Cassini nickel deposit, Neometals Widgiemooltha Dome/Mt Edwards projects, Estrella Resources Andrews Shaft Nickel deposit and its own Wattle Dam East and Hilditch nickel prospects.

Goldfields-Esperance Region – More Solar is Coming

When the grid simply can’t handle how much electricity rooftop solar will produce, you need to find ways to increase the grids capacity, so there’s more choice for everyone.  It’s powerful thoughts like this that will soon help us power regional WA.

Through innovative trials like SmartSun in Broome, we have found ways to safely increase the grids solar capacity.  This means you now have the option to power your home and business rooftop solar.  The upcoming release of 900kw will allow 150 homes and businesses to join the solar community.

Esperance and Hopetoun applications will be opening at 9AM:

  • 18th October 2021 – Residential Applications
  • 25th October 2021 – Business Applications

To help you get ready visit

Golden Pipeline heritage proposal open for public consultation

Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that a proposal to gradually remove old sections of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme pipeline over the next 50 years, enabling more efficient operation and maintenance, was open for public consultation.  Essential long-term upgrades to the 118-year-old pipeline, commonly known as the Golden or Goldfields Pipeline, are required to secure safe and reliable water supply for the region into the future, as the above-ground pipe reaches the end of its service life.

Water Corporation is seeking long-term approval to carry out the essential upgrades under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, as sections of the pipeline are progressively replaced with modern below-ground pipe over a 50-year period.  Extensive lengths of the above-ground pipeline will be retained for heritage, tourism and operational purposes, following planned community consultation.

Since opening the majority of the original 566km pipeline – brainchild of Western Australia’s first Engineer-in-Chief CY O’Connor – has been replaced, with all the pipework upgraded as part of a continuous cycle of maintenance and renewal.  Following public consultation, further opportunities for public comment under Water Corporation’s long-term heritage ‘interpretation strategy’ for the pipeline.  The proposal is open for public comment until Monday, October 25, 2021.


Finlayson to spearhead Genesis Minerals

Former Saracen and Northern Star boss Raleigh Finlayson is set to become managing director of Genesis Minerals following his contribution to a $20.8 million equity raising by the company.  Finlayson has contributed $7 million of shares and Northern Star will subscribe to $3 million of shares out of a $16 million share placement at $0.06 per share.

The funding package is subject to shareholder approval and will be used to advance the Ulysses gold project in Western Australia through exploration and feasibility studies.   As part of the board restructure, current managing director Michael Fowler will remain at the company until Finlayson takes over in March 2022.  Genesis has also appointed former Fortescue Metals Group managing director and chief executive officer Neville Power as a non-executive director of the company’s board, who will participate in the funding package.

“Raleigh is a highly successful gold miner with an exceptional track record of creating value for shareholders, growing Saracen from a junior explorer and developer into a $6 billion company at the time of its merger with Northern Star,” Genesis non-executive chairman Tommy McKeith said.

“With Raleigh working alongside Neville, whose vast experience and achievements are widely acknowledged across the Australian business spectrum, and Michael, who is one of Perth’s most highly regarded corporate lawyers, Genesis will have an enviable team in the boardroom.