What You Missed in the News This Week

St Barbara Minerals released their December quarterly report this week, with disappointing results.

Consolidated gold production was down from 63,700oz in the September quarter to 60,976oz.

The Leonora operations saw a reduction of gold production from 34,078oz last quarter to 32,175oz. The December quarter from the year before produced 16,462oz more gold than this quarter.

The amount of gold sold was 32,634oz, down 2,712oz from last quarter and 22,966oz less than the same quarter last year.

St Barbara’s share price dropped 21.348% to $0.70 after the report was released on Wednesday.


St Barbara


Pilbara Minerals has appointed John Stanning as Chief Development Officer.

In the newly created position, stanning will over see Pilbara Mineral’s corporate development, growth and exploration functions.

Managing Director and CEO, Dale Henderson said “John brings an impressive track record of lithium sector experience and relationships across the value chain. We are looking forward to having John join our executive team and working closely with him to further our growth objectives as an emerging leader in the provision of sustainable battery materials products.”



Pilbara Minerals has awarded Primero Group a $62m contract for construction work at its Pilgangoora project.

The contract is for the construction of a primary rejection facility and preliminary works for a new crushing and ore sorting facility.

Located 120km from Port Hedland, the project is located at one of the world’s largest hard rock lithium deposits.

Pilbara Minerals managing director and CEO, Dale Henderson said “We look forward to working closely with Primero for the safe and successful delivery of this package, which will step-up our production run-rate to the next level with a total of
680 kilo-tonnes per annum of spodumene concentrate across the combined Pilgangoora operation.

“The successful completion of this project will further cement Pilbara Minerals’ position as
an emerging leader in the provision of sustainable battery materials products.”


Primero Group


Fortescue Metals has released its December quarter report for 2022, announcing record shipments.

Andrew Forrest said “The Fortescue team delivered our highest ever December quarterly shipments of 49.4 million tonnes, our best ever half year, grew the mineral and green energy business globally, strengthened our balance sheet, kept costs low, all while maintaining our excellent safety performance.”

Fortescue’s cash balance increased to $4B USD on 31st December 2022, compared to $3.3B USD for the September quarter.


Fortescue Metals


The S&P/ASX200 markets finished up on Friday at 7,493.8 points, setting a new 100-day high.

The week started at 7,435 points before gaining 0.56% through the week.

Megaport Limited and Liontown Resources were the top performing stocks, gaining 7.22% and 5.19% respectively.

The All Ordinaries closed up at 7,707.5 points.

The top performing stocks were 88 Energy Limited and Develop Global Limited, gaining 18.18% and 12.68%.



Gold peaked at $1,951.15USD on Wednesday, continuing a 9-month high, and rounding off the week at $1,928.82USD.

Silver stumbled at the start of the week, falling from $24.18USD to $23.79USD on Tuesday, before it rose again to finish off the week at $24.07USD.

12 Months of Mining Recap

A lot has happened in 2022 so we’ve compiled some of this year’s biggest mining news:


Rio Tinto expects the introduction of battery-electric powered trains in the Pilbara will help them halve their emissions by 2030.

They hope the trial will pave the way for its entire fleet of 220 diesel locomotives to go electric.

Fortescue Metals Group also plans to replace diesel-powered vehicles by 2030 in their plan to decarbonise.

Then FMG chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said to achieve carbon neutrality: “we will have to replace our mining fleet, our rail fleet, shipping, all of those areas that are mobile that rely on the use of diesel.”

Rio Tinto



Lynas has received approval from WA Environment Minister Reece Whitby to build $500m rare earths refinery at Kalgoorlie.

The plant is scheduled to begin production next year and is expected to create over 120 jobs.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler said he hopes the plant will operate for decades: “This is the next big metal, something totally different from gold and nickel … it’s a big occasion and great day for Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”



Ron Sayers, West Australian mining tycoon who founded the Perenti Group, has died after his battle with stomach cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sayers began as a fitter on Kalgoorlie’s Golden Mile before founding his company Ausdrill in 1987.

Today the ASX200 listed company employs more than 8,000 employees across 12 countries.


Construction has begun on a 580km pipeline in WA that will take gas from the Perth basin to the Goldfields.

The $460m pipeline will form part of the Northern Goldfields Interconnect pipeline, aimed to significantly increase the volume of gas available inland.



The United States Department of Defence has awarded Lynas Rare Earths a $120USD contract to build a processing facility on the Gulf Coast in Texas.

The production of the facility aims to reduce the US’ reliance on China for rare earth minerals.

Lynas managing director Amanda Lacaze says the deal demonstrates the priority that the US is placing on “ensuring that supply chains for these critical materials are resilient and environmentally responsible”.



Australian mining company Lucapa has unearthed a rare 170-carat pink diamond, one of the biggest pink diamonds ever found.

“The Lulo Rose” is believed to be the largest found in 300 years.

Lucapa Diamond



Two people have died in 72 hours in separate mining incidents in WA.

The first died after a rock fall at the Hamlet underground mine at Saint Ives near Kambalda.

The second died at the Capricorn Metals’ Karlawinda gold mine near Newman when his vehicle was run over by a large dump truck.



A $750m community investment trust funded by WA’s big fish in mining has been set up by the state government to help fund infrastructure in remote communities and legacy projects.

The government hopes to eventually have $1b in the fund, so far Rio Tinto and BHP have contributed $250m each, Hancock Prospecting has contributed $100m, Woodside $50m, Chevron $50m and Mineral Resources has contributed $50m.

Projects to be funded include an Aboriginal Cultural Centre for Perth’s CBD, the refurbishment of the Perth Concert Hall and upgrades to the Perth Zoo as well as several projects in remote WA.


Swedish company, Epiroc, has agreed to acquire Kalgoorlie Boulder company, Remote Control Technologies Pty Ltd.

RCT was founded 50 years ago and provides automation solutions to mining companies.

RCT is the second Kalgoorlie Boulder company acquired by Epiroc this year, after their acquisition of JTMEC earlier in the year.

The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the year.




St Barbara and Genesis Minerals have announced their merger to create Hoover House,

St Barbara will acquire 100% of the shares in Genesis. Genesis shareholders will own 41% of Hoover House, with St Barbara shareholders owning 38%.

Hoover House will have a production target of over 300,000oz of gold per annum.

St Barbara chair, Tim Netscher, said: “The merger with our Leonora neighbour, Genesis, to create Hoover House, will accelerate our Leonora Province Plan. Shareholders will reap the benefits of more production at lower cost and lower risk from this prolific mining district.”

Genesis Managing Director, Raleigh Finlayson, said: “By combining with St Barbara, we are creating Hoover House, the premium Australian gold company we envisaged, with sustainable, high-quality production.”

St Barbara


Elizabeth Gains is stepping down as CEO of Fortescue to become their ambassador for their global green hydrogen brand. Gains will remain a non-executive director.

Gains will be responsible for promoting green hydrogen, green ammonia and green energy.

Since Gains began leading the company in 2018, Fortescue’s share price has quadrupled, and shareholders have grown from less than 35,000 to 170,000.

“ I don’t see this as a departure of any shape or form. I think it’s just the opportune time for Fortescue who are genuinely transitioning,” Ms Gaines said.


What You Missed in the New this Week

Surbiton Associates has announced Australian gold production for the September 22 quarter is down 9% from the June 22 quarter.

The September quarter saw 76 tonnes compared to the 83 tonnes from the June quarter.

Surbiton Associates director, Dr Sandra Close said gold production for the quarter is somewhat disappointing and stated “some wet weather and Covid-19 problems affected output adversely” but is confident these effects are slowly receding.

Gold Fields has awarded their Barren Lands open pit project to establish a new mine at their Agnew Gold Mine, 150km Northwest of Leonora to MLG Oz.

The project will run alongside their current St Ives cooperation.

MLG founder and managing director Murray Leahy said “we are very proud to continue to support Gold Fields at their St Ives and Agnew operations extending what has, and continues to be, a long and rewarding relationship.”

Metal Hawk Limited has announced diamond drilling at their Berehaven Nickel Project has commenced.

The project, located 20km Southeast of Kalgoorlie Boulder, continued after high grade nickel sulphide was discovered in the area last year.

Minerals Resources is offering starting salaries of over $140,000 to New Zealanders in an entice them to Perth. The campaign is set to see several hundred New Zealanders over the next 6 months.



The S&P/ASX200 stumbled slightly on Monday before recovering to start the month on a high of 7,372 points yesterday. The markets finished off the week on 7,302 points, dropping 0.72% from yesterday.

The All Ordinaries peaked at 7,572 points yesterday, finishing at 7,504 points today.



Gold was relatively stable at the start of the week, before picking up on Wednesday to finish the week at the biggest high since August at $1,802.25USD/oz.

Silver followed suit, starting stable before reaching the biggest high since June at $233.04USD/oz.

What You Missed This Week in the News

BHP has offered Oz Minerals a takeover offer of $28.25/share, including $9.6B, three months after their initial unsolicited offer.

BHP offered a$25/share, $8.4m takeover offer in August, which Oz Minerals rejected, saying it failed to properly value the company’s portfolio.

The offer comes after the two renewed talks on Thursday, and Oz Minerals board have accepted the offer, OZ Minerals Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Cole said: “BHP’s Revised Proposal is a clear reflection of OZ Minerals’ unique set of highly strategic, quality assets in quality jurisdictions. We look forward to working with BHP in a collaborative way to progress the Revised Proposal in the best interests of OZ Minerals’ and its stakeholders.”


MetalsGrove Mining has announced that drilling contractor Topdrill has mobilised its drill rig in preparation to commence the inaugural drilling at their Upper Coondina Lithium Project.

The project is located 100km south of Marble Bar, near Port Hedland.


Town of Port Hedland

BHP, Curtin University and Greening Australia have partnered to trial vegetation barriers to improve air quality and capture dust in the West End scheme in Port Hedland as part of BHP’s Pilbara Air Quality Program.

Phase 1 which involved planting 80,000 seedlings, has been completed and another 80,000 is scheduled to be planted in the next few months.


The ”What’s Down the Track” Forum was held in Kalgoorlie Boulder on Thursday. The event, run by the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce, provides a 12-month forecast into the drivers that support the growth and opportunities that exist within the region.

The event included speakers and exhibitions from BHP, Kai Rho Contracting, Deep Yellow Limited, St Ives, Northern Star, Lynas Rare Earths, Evolution Mining and Epiroc.


Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce

The S&P/ASX200 markets stumbled at the beginning of the week, starting off on the month’s high of 7,196 points before falling to 7,106 points on Wednesday. The markets made a comeback to finish the week at 7,152 points. Oz Minerals was the top performing stock, up 3.92% after their takeover offer from BHP.

The All Ordinaries us up too, finishing the week on 7,355 points.


Gold is trading at $1,765.52USD after a stable week, and silver at $21.35USD, after peaking early on Tuesday at $22.28USD.

What You Missed This Week in the News


Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest


Mining magnate Twiggy Forrest at the Egypt COP27 climate summit this week, is pushing to restrict seabed mining until it has the same protections as land mining.

In sentiments echoed by conservationist groups, Forrest voiced concerns about the environmental impact of seabed mining – which could begin as early as mid 2023.

“The deepest seabed supports some of the least understood ecosystems on the planet.” He said and argues that seabed mining should not commence “until we can match existing regulations placed on mining on land.”


QX Resources is scheduled to commence drilling at their Turner River hard rock lithium project by the end of the month. The project is located in the Pilbara Region, Southeast of Port Hedland.


OD6 Metal’s share price skyrocketed on Wednesday by 97.84% to $0.459 after announcing outstanding results from their recently completed drilling campaign at their Splinter Rock project northeast of Esperance.


BHP have announced record shipments from their iron ore in WA for the third year running. In their AGM this week, BHP released their income figures, including $33.9B EBITDA from iron ore.



In the AGM, BHP CEO Mike Henry and Chairman Ken MacKenzie also announced their commitment to a total elimination of sexual harassment, racism and bullying in BHP workplaces.

“That is why I want to apologise to all those who have experienced or continue to experience, any form of sexual harassment, racism or bullying anywhere at BHP,” MacKenzie said.

“We are determined to eliminate these harmful behaviours. At BHP, we are committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive workplace culture where everyone can bring the best of themselves to work.”


The S&P/ASX200 jumped sharply today to 7,143.10 points, jumping 2.79% (194.0 points). The markets rounded out the week by following the upward trend that started on the 11th of this month.




All Ordinaries followed suit, gaining 204.40 points (2.86%) to 7,350.10

Gold had a good week, ending on a high compared to the start of the week. The spot price rose 2.45% from $2591.72oz t to $2655.23oz t.

Silver rose from $32.36oz t to $33.37oz t this week.

What you missed in the news this week 4 Nov 2022

Rox Resources announced a 110% increase of production to 187koz Au since 2018.

The increase is at their Mt Fisher and Mt Eureka gold projects in the Eastern Goldfields.

Rox Resources


Rio Tinto and BHP have joined forces to for research into technology to increase water recovery from mine tailings.

They are currently trialling a large-volume filter unit to remove up to 80% of water in the trailing stream before it is deposited in a storage facility.

Removing more water would reduce risks associated with moisture in storage facilities, reduce the foot print of these facilities and allow them to productively reuse tailings are raw material.


After unsuccessfully suing the Western Australian Government, Clive Palmer is trying again, planning to sue the Commonwealth for billions in damages over his stalled iron ore mine in the Pilbara.

Palmer plans to bring the claim under the international courts through his Singapore-based company Zeph International.

If Palmer is successful, tax payers can expect to foot the bill of upwards of $32B.


Classic Minerals has commenced construction on their new Kat Gap gold mine, south of Southern Cross.

Classic Minerals has begun building internal roads and clearing space for the camp but has yet to receive processing approval.

They are hoping to have stage 1 open-pit mining before the end of the year.


Swedish company, Epiroc, has agreed to acquire Kalgoorlie Boulder company, Remote Control Technologies Pty Ltd.

RCT was founded 50 years ago and provides automation solutions to mining companies.

RCT is the second Kalgoorlie Boulder company acquired by Epiroc this year, after their acquisition of JTMEC earlier in the year.

The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Courtesy of Epiroc

MLG celebrates 20 years this week. The Kalgoorlie Boulder based company started with founder and managing director Murray Leahy and his truck to a business that services 29 sites across Western Australia and the Northern Territory.


S&P/ASX 200 peaked this week on Wednesday at 7,009.00 points, before taking a sharp fall to 2,849 points on Thursday. The markets rounded out the week at 6,893 points.




All Ordinaries followed suit this week, peaking on Wednesday at 7,194 points before plummeting to 7,015 points. The All Ords finished the week at 7,089 points.


Gold is sitting at $2,600.28oz t today, making a solid comeback from Tuesday’s fall. Gold is sitting at a similar position to how October started the month, with $2,567.36oz t on 3rd October.

Silver finished off at $31.48oz t, finishing a little lower than yesterday’s $31.05oz t.

Epiroc acquires another Kalgoorlie Boulder company

Swedish company, Epiroc, has agreed to acquire Kalgoorlie Boulder company, Remote Control Technologies Pty Ltd.

RCT provides automation and remote-control solutions for single machine and entire mixed fleets, and provides data and information systems, fleet and machine management systems.

RCT began in 1972 when Kalgoorlie Boulder based founder Bob Muirhead saw numerous fatalities and serious incidents accepted as a “side effect” of the mining industry, so he designed a fail-safe engine protection system. Today, RCT has spread to over 70 countries.


Courtesy of Epiroc

Epiroc provides safe equipment such as drill rigs, rock evacuation and construction equipment, and tools for surface and underground applications.

Epiroc’s president and CEO, Helena Hedblom said “Automaton is increasingly important for the mining industry to strengthen safety and productivity” and believes that Remote Control Technologies’ advanced solutions “complement Epiroc’s existing automation offering well.”

RCT is the second Kalgoorlie Boulder company Epiroc has acquired this year. In April this year Epiroc announced their acquisition of JTMEC, an electrification infrastructure solutions provider founded in 2005.

The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

What You Missed This Week In The News

Buru Energy Ltd was dealt a blow in this week’s Federal Budget.

In April 2022, Buru was awarded a $7M Commonwealth Government Grant for Geovault, their offshore geological storage of greenhouse gas in the Carnarvon Basin.

The program that the grant was offered by has been cancelled in this new budget.

A revised grant will be offered which Buru says they will aggressively pursue.

Summit Minerals Ltd will start its maiden drilling campaign at the Stallion REE Project, east of Kalgoorlie.

Summit received approval from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for a 16-hole RC drill program and is expected to begin as early as next week.


Riversgold Ltd also announced its maiden 2,500M RC drilling program, which has commenced at their Tambourah Lithium Project in the Pilbara Region.

The project is Riversgold most advanced lithium project and will include up to 21 holes.


Koba Resources Ltd.’s share price has soared by 136% to $0.260 this week after it staked mining claims covering 145km2 at its Whitlock Lithium Project in Canada.

Koba Resources

WA1 Resources’ saw a significant jump in its share price this week after announcing the first results of its maiden West Arunta Project drilling program.

The share price rose by a whopping 542% to $0.94 after the revealing the drilling found the first Niobium deposits in the area.

WA1 Resources

The S&P/ASX Markets closed the day lower than yesterday, which saw the end of a 4-day streak. The markets fell by 58.60 points to 6,786.50 after setting a new 20-day high yesterday at 6,870 points.  

The All Ordinaries also finished off the week on a lower note, dropping 0.98% to 6,973.40, but also saw a 20-day high yesterday.  


Gold also finished lower at $2,566.62oz t, after peaking at $2,620.42 at the start of the week.  

Silver has remained steady after the fall it had last week, finishing at $30.52oz t compared to the low of $30.02 last week. 

Federal Budget Breakdown

The 2022 October Federal Budget has been announced. Here’s how the Goldfields and mining are affected.


The migration cap will increase 35,000 persons to 195,000 people in 2022-23. At least 90% of these 35,000 will be for skilled migrants and more than 25% will be targeted to regional areas.

This will ease labour shortages and include accelerating visa processing. Student and secondary training visa holders will have their work restrictions relaxed until 30 June 2023.


In an effort to transform regional industries to net zero by 2025, the Government will establish a $1.9B Powering the Regions Fund to transform Australia into a renewable energy superpower. $1.5B will be allocated to the Pilbara Region to support mining, mineral processing, and local manufacturing, and provide investment in hydrogen and renewable energy projects.


$500M Driving the Nation Fund will reduce transport emissions by installing electric charging infrastructure at 117 highway sites and hydrogen highways for key freight routes. Electric cars will be exempt from fringe benefits tax (FBT) and the 5% import tariff.

$350.0M will be dedicated to seal the Tanami Road between Norther Western Australia and the Northern Territory, $400M for the Alice Springs to Halls Creek Corridor upgrade and $125M for electric bus charging in Perth.


$757.7M will be allocated to improving mobile and broadband connectivity in regional Australia. $7.4B will be invested to support regional development across Australia. The Growing Regions Program will support community groups, fund local projects such as libraries and regional airport upgrades. The Government will also dedicate $1.4B for local community, sport and infrastructure projects across Australia.


$143.3M will be provided over 4 years to support access to healthcare in rural and regional areas by investing in primary care services, training, workforce incentives and trials for innovative models of care.


A $50.5M Critical Minerals Research and Development Fund will invest in lithium, cobalt, manganese, titanium and rare earths to meet growing demands for batteries, electric vehicles and clean technology.


Multinational corporations will pay an extra $1B in tax with the crackdown on excessive deductions and profit-shifting to lower-taxing countries.

Individual taxpayers and businesses will also be targeted with the ATO cracking down on over-claiming deductions and incorrect reporting of income.


Due to high inflation and low wage growth, worker’s pay will effectively go backwards until 2024-25 when inflation is expected to return to 2-3%. Inflation is expected to peak at 7.75% in December.


The Better Regions Fund (BBRF) was the former Government’s regional grants program designed to deliver funding for regional infrastructure projects and community development activities. The Government scrapped the fund in the budget as they believe the fund wasn’t awarded based on merit and were favouring National Party electorates.

However, the budget includes a new national grants program.


Truck drivers will be hit with an extra 0.8 cents in tax for every litre of diesel they purchase. The Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge will increase from 26.4 cents/litre to 27.2cents/litre.


Consumer confidence continues to sit at a low, having peaked in 2021. The current figure is comparable to the start of the pandemic in 2020 and the Global Financial Crisis in 2008.

Source: Westpac-Melbourne Institute, MWM Research, October 2022

What You Missed In The News This Week

St Barbara’s share price plummeted to a 7 year low, dropping 35.18% after they released their quarterly report on Tuesday. The shares dropped from $0.68AUD to just $0.46AUD. Production was down almost 26% and costs up 34.8% from last quarter. Currently it costs St Barbara $4/oz more to produce gold than they receive from selling it.

IGO chief executive Peter Bradford has passed away at 64. Bradford began working in the mining industry in 1979 and has been a supporter of clean energy and climate change. He was an active mentor for the Women in Mining WA organisation and a committee member of CEOs for Gender Equity Inc.

Peter Bradford | LinkedIn

St Ives has resumed operations after a worker was killed last week. The worker died at the Hamlet underground mine near Kambalda. The tragic incident was one of two mine site deaths last week, with a second occurring at a Pilbara mine site last Thursday.

St Ives | Gold Fields Australia

Rox Resources has announced significant results from its Reverse Circulation drilling at their Mt Fisher Gold Project. Managing director Alex Passmore said these results continue to confirm the “strong prospectively of the highly under-explored Mount Fisher Gold Project.”


Raiden Resources’ Mt Sholl maiden diamond drilling to be completed over the next two days ahead of schedule. Of their completed holes, all have intersected visual Nickel and Copper mineralisation. The tenements are located 22km southeast of Karratha in the Pilbara region.


The S&P/ASX200 has finished the week at 6,676.80 points today, falling 0.80% from yesterday. The All Ordinaries finished much the same at 6,869,90, falling 0.71% from yesterday. Gold rounded out the week at $2,588.81oz t.