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WESTERN Australians can be justifiably proud at news that the Perth Mint will be producing victory medals for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The mint, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, will share the honour with the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.

Producing the Olympic medals is the ultimate minting commission and brings with it considerable status and prestige that will last long after the excitement of the games is over.

Atlanta Olympics medal winner, local swimming champion Julia Greville, was quoted as saying that having the medals made in our state was an added incentive to win gold.

It would certainly be fantastic to see her and other Western Australians wearing the local product in Sydney next year.

THE importance of our state’s mining industry has been highlighted again over recent weeks with the opening of some very significant projects.

BHP Iron Ore’s hot briquetted iron plant at Port Hedland is an extraordinary development and one of the most important downstream mineral processing projects in the state’s history.

The massive project has taken over four years to reach commercial production and, in doing so, has positioned Western Australia as a major future supplier of value-added iron ore products to the world’s steel industry.

It has also turned a long-standing dream of successive Western Australian Governments into a reality – that is, the dream of processing our Pilbara iron ore into iron. The iron will be marketed as Boodarie Iron.

JUST over a week after the opening of the HBI plant, Anaconda Nickel celebrated the official opening of its giant Murrin Murrin nickel project near Leonora and the launch of the project’s proposed second stage expansion.

Prime Minister Howard was in town for the opening held in the same week as the annual Diggers and Dealers Forum in Kalgoorlie.

The Murrin Murrin project launch follows the recent openings of the Cawse and Bulong nickel laterite projects in the Goldfields.

It is the biggest of the new generation of nickel-cobalt projects in Western Australia and will soon make Western Australia one of the largest producers of nickel in the world.

Projects of this scale provide an enormous boost to regional communities, creating new jobs as well as demand for local products and services.

The investment in the three projects has seen more than 900 permanent new jobs and thousands of indirect jobs created around the state.

STATE Government Ministers will be in Moora on Monday 9 August for the next Regional Cabinet Meeting.

We look forward to meeting as many people as possible and getting some first-hand knowledge of the recovery work that’s going on after the floods that devastated the area earlier this year.

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