Jim Hawtin

Juniors look for opportunities as iron ore demand grows

The head of the WA Department of Industry and Resources, Jim Limerick, declared last week that the local nickel industry had become the state’s second most valuable mineral sector after iron ore.

Flow-through scheme off agenda

The mining industry’s flow-through share scheme proposal appears to have slipped from the Federal Government’s agenda ahead of the upcoming budget.

Juniors in on steel surge

Junior miners continue to pile into the iron ore sector as China’s appetite for steel continues unabated.

NT mining roadshow in WA

Many mining companies are warming to the Northern Territory yet its government still has its work cut out to change some perceptions.Representatives of the Northern Territory Government were in Perth

Inco’s laterite nickel boost

The state’s nickel laterite mining sector received a confidence boost from an unlikely source recently when Canadian nickel giant Inco threw its weight behind junior miner Heron Resources’ $1.4 billion Kalgoorlie nickel project.

Exploration spend at 20-year low for gold

The state’s bullish appetite for gold appears to be waning as exploration spending continues to flat line against surges on commodities such as iron ore, nickel, and uranium.

Fortescue spat no threat to trade

Local China business experts say a recent spat between Western Australian iron ore developer Fortescue Metals Group and its Chinese partners is unlikely to have a major impact on the Australia-China trading relationship.

Wake-up call for employers

One of Western Australia’s biggest recruiters has warned employers, particularly those in the construction industry, to be more proactive in their employment solutions in light of the worsening skills shortage situation.

Fuel discount competition fears

National retailers Coles Myer and Woolworths may have received a referendum-delivered blow to their supermarket expansion plans in Western Australia last month, but the pair’s growth has not been entirely unchecked in recent years.

Forrest defends Fortescue

Investors remained at first unconvinced as the irrepressible chairman of Fortescue Metals Group, Andrew Forrest, moved to play down recent market concern regarding the viability of the company’s proposed $1.85 billion Pilbara iron ore project.

Big-name players in the rare earths game for Lynas Corp

Rare earths may not be illustrious minerals in the Australian mining industry yet the essential commodities have quietly attracted the attention of a couple of renowned Australian mining names of late.

United front in wool fight

Western Australia’s two leading farm lobby groups will continue their support of legal action against a US animal rights group despite the claim being struck out by the Federal Court last week.

Taxing time for port users

Western Australian port users have accused the State Government of milking port profits at the expense of investing in infrastructure amid national concerns on infrastructure bottlenecks.

Embrace opportunity: Alcoa

The head of one of the world’s largest integrated resource companies has fired a warning shot as the Gallop Government embarks on its second term.

Crunch time for stone fruit

Western Australia’s stone fruit growing industry is grappling with ways to reinvent itself as it continues to face a significant downturn in export conditions.

Local acts look to play on the world’s biggest stage

Looking to capitalise on the recent success of Australian musical acts in the US, a growing line-up of Australian bands, including a strong contingent of acts from Western Australia, is blazing a trail to one of the world’s largest music markets.

Miners and fishers line-up for funding

A range of Western Australian companies has gone to the market looking for funding lately, confirming the continued strong investor appetite for stocks.

ERG call for big vision

Australian companies undertaking “big” export projects needed government assistance to guarantee not only the projects’ success but also to foster the perception of Australia as an innovative nation.

Infrastructure crisis study

The Western Australian-based academics behind a new rail competition study hope their research will not only help to solve Australia’s infrastructure crisis but also draw significant global interest as well.

AUSFTA finding favour: Wing

There is a growing acceptance of the benefits of the free trade agreement on both sides of Australian politics, according to the Australian Trade Commission’s regional director for the Americas.

FMG’s Mitchell Plateau aim

Fortescue Metals Group chief Andrew Forrest has signaled an appetite for another high demand commodity, bauxite.

Drill rigs playing catch-up

Mineral exploration expenditure is booming but after a decade of downturn the state's drilling industry is straining under the pressure. Jim Hawtin reports.

Prospects solid for Austminex: Hobbs

From cracking rocks in the bush to doing deals in the boardrooms of St Georges Terrace, Kate Hobbs is a rare find in the male-dominated mining sector.

Indonesia interests investors

Signs of an attitude shift among investors could lead to a renewal of interest in mineral-rich Indonesia, according to recent international reports.

Skystar growth takes off

Perth-based engineering firm Monadelphous has established what appears to be a tidy little earner servicing the aviation sector.

South Africa has appeal for juniors

Western Australia’s junior miners continue to secure South African mining assets, many being hived-off by global resource companies in the wake of a recent shake up of that country’s mining laws.

Braemar buys-in to the Pacific rim

A shipping market riding high on the commodities wave has prompted UK shipper Braemar Seascope Group plc to expand its global presence with the purchase of Australian-based dry cargo shipbroker Seawise Australia for $A8.7 million (£4.6 million).

Iron ore export windfall

Western Australia is set for a $260 million windfall from iron ore royalties after one of the state’s major producers, Rio Tinto, negotiated a 71 per cent price increase from a Japanese customer.

Iron ore fuels junior miners

With 50 per cent increases in prices, Western Australia’s junior mining industry has gone iron ore crazy, with predictions of demand continuing to outstrip supply.

Tony Barlow looks to oil and gas

One of Western Australia’s more colourful public companies, Tony Barlow, is back from voluntary administration; but rather than continuing to sell up-market menswear it is now exploring for oil and gas in Texas.

Asian shot’s all net for Wildcats

While it may not be the huge sporting juggernaut that it was in the early 1990s, the Perth Wildcats has reaped a strong return from the 2004-05 season.