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Sunday 22 November 2020
Let’s celebrate National Mining And Related Industries Day
Calling all companies across Australia that are operating in mining and its related industries.
Mates for Mining morning or afternoon tea
Bring your teams together for a morning of afternoon tea between Friday 20 November and Sunday 22 November to celebrate the mining and related industry’s massive contribution to Australia’s COVID recovery.
With many of us enduring hardships being away from family for long periods of time, together we are doing the heavy lifting in both keeping the economy going and kickstarting it for future growth. This is something we should collectively be incredibly proud of and celebrate.
Register now to receive your ‘Mates for Mining’ event pack later in November.
Registrations to email@example.com
Hancock Prospecting supports WA with recovery campaign
The Hancock Prospecting Group, in the lead up to National Mining and Related Industries Day and National Agriculture and Related Industries Day, has been actively promoting the important role of primary industries in our great State and Country. Please see examples of two of the adverts running across The West Australian, Sunday Times, Perth Now and the West Online.
Diggers & Dealers 2020: Gina Rinehart breaks new ground again as first woman to claim forum’s highest honour
Article by Josh Chiat courtesy of the West Australian and Kalgoorlie Miner
Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, has made history, becoming the first woman to take out the GJ Stokes Memorial Award at Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum.
Named after late forum founder Geoffrey Stokes, the award honours someone who has made an exceptional lifetime contribution to the mining industry.
And the Hancock Prospecting owner is as big as it gets in the WA resources sector, having been a top tip for the award for years before her crowning at tonight’s gala dinner at the Goldfields Arts Centre.
Now boasting an estimated $21.2 billion fortune, Mrs Rinehart was born in Perth but spent much of her time as a young woman at her parents’ sheep and cattle stations in the Pilbara.
She took over chairmanship of her father Lang Hancock’s company in 1992 after his death, subsequently forming a plan to turn around the financially struggling exploration vehicle.
Mrs Rinehart organised a State agreement to secure the Hope Downs tenements in the Pilbara, forming a joint venture with Rio Tinto in 2005 that took the project into production within two years.
She is the primary owner of the privately owned Roy Hill mine, a 55 million tonne-a-year operation in the Pilbara that employs more than 2000 people.
Her selection was the sole win for the iron ore sector in a year dominated by excitement over record gold prices and booming Australian gold production.
Raleigh Finlayson’s Saracen Mineral Holdings and Bill Beament’s Northern Star Resources shared the Dealer of the Year award for their purchase of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Super Pit gold mine.
Having put the mine back in Australian hands for the first time in almost 20 years, the joint venture owners have been the talk of the conference since inking a $16 billion mega-merger last week that will place the Golden Mile into one company’s hands for the first time in its 127-year history.
ASX-listed mid-tier producer Ramelius Resources was named the Digger of the Year after delivering a 420 per cent rise in net profit across its WA gold mines.
Ramelius beat the top end of its guidance by 24 per cent in the June quarter on the way to record financial year production of more than 230,000 ounces of gold.
Pilbara gold explorer De Grey Mining won the Best Emerging Company award. Its shares have soared from 5¢ to $1.34 this year on the back of its Hemi discovery in the Pilbara, catapulting its market capitalisation to $1.7b.
Globetrotting trade media editor Dominic Piper broke the commercial media’s recent hold on the media award, with Australia’s Paydirt and Gold Mining Journal editor from the Paydirt Media stable winning the prize.
Mr Piper was honoured for his 15 years at the Perth-based imprint. During this time, he has travelled throughout Australia, Asia and Africa covering mining and exploration projects across the world.
WA School of Mines mining engineering student Georgia Kerr won the Ray Finlayson Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence.
Congratulations to Executive Chairman Mrs. Gina Rinehart for her outstanding contribution to the mining industry and Australia.
The Hancock Prospecting Group’s Executive Chairman, Mrs Gina Rinehart, has made history becoming the first woman to be awarded the GJ Stokes Memorial Award at the 2020 Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum. This will also see that the Hancock Group has now completed the trifecta of diggers and dealers awards, as Hancock Prospecting collected Dealer of the Year Award in 2007 for Hope downs and collecting the Digger of the Year award in 2019 for Roy hill. After Roy hill achieved the fastest ramp-up to 55 mtpa , after financing achieved, ever achieved in the Pilbara.
The GJ Stokes Memorial Award honours someone who has made an exceptional lifetime contribution to the mining industry – something that Gina Rinehart has done over many years. After taking over the family company in 1992, Gina Rinehart has transformed the company into currently the most successful private company in Australia’s history, and, into one of the most successful private mining companies in the world, ever. This being after years of investment, risk-taking, achieving thousands of gov approvals and permits and licences, and many years of hard work. She continues to lead a company that has a proud history with the Pilbara and the iron ore sector and continues to diversify into key commodities to continue to contribute and support the Group’s future. This contribution includes providing opportunities and jobs to many Australians, and significant royalties and taxes, to help pay for our defence, police, etc, and record debt.
Article courtesy of Proactive Investors
The awards presentation wound up another successful Diggers and Dealers despite COVID-19 restrictions seeing the event moved from August to October and restricting attendance to those from the home state.
Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart has made history, becoming the first woman to take out the GJ Stokes Memorial Award at Kalgoorlie’s Diggers and Dealers mining forum.
Named after late forum founder Geoffrey Stokes, the award is given to someone who has made an exceptional lifetime contribution to the Australian mining industry.
And the Hancock Prospecting owner is as big as it gets in the WA resources sector, having been a top tip for the award for years before her crowning at Wednesday night’s gala dinner at the Goldfields Arts Centre.
Event overcomes challenges
The award wound up another popular Diggers and Dealers forum which was moved from August to October owing to COVID-19 restrictions. The border restrictions also resulted in the annual event being solely attended by those from Western Australia.
Now boasting an estimated $21.2 billion fortune, Mrs Rinehart was born in Perth but spent a considerable amount of time as a young woman at her parents’ sheep and cattle stations in the Pilbara.
She took over the chair at her father Lang Hancock’s company in 1992 following his death, subsequently forming a plan to turn the financially struggling exploration vehicle around.
Mrs Rinehart organised a state agreement to secure the Hope Downs tenements in the Pilbara, forming a joint venture with mining giant Rio Tinto in 2005 that took the project into production within two years.
She is now the primary owner of the privately-owned Roy Hill mine, a 55 million tonnes per annum operation in the Pilbara that employs more than 2,000 people.
Her selection was the sole win for the iron ore sector in a year dominated by the excitement generated by record gold prices and booming Australian gold production.
Article by Hamish Hastie courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald
Gina Rinehart, the recent $16 billion Saracen Minerals-Northern Star merger deal, and gold miner Ramelius Resources have been honoured on the final night of the Diggers and Dealers mining conference in Kalgoorlie.
Ms Rinehart, Australia’s richest person and chairman of Hancock Prospecting, was recognised for her contribution to the industry with the GJ Stokes award at the Westrac gala dinner.
It’s the second year in a row Ms Rinehart, daughter of the late iron ore pioneer Lang Hancock, has been recognised at the conference after Hancock Prospecting won the digger award last year.
Judges said Ms Rinehart had turned Hancock from a fledgling operation to one of the largest private companies in Australia and the majority owner of one of Australia’s single largest iron ore mines in Roy Hill.
Despite being announced last week, the Northern Star and Saracen merger remained the hottest topic of discussion at the conference, which is Australia’s biggest mining-specific event, so it was no surprise the two companies took out the coveted dealer of year award.
The companies began working closely together after ending up in a 50/50 joint venture in the famous Kalgoorlie Super Pit.
Saracen purchased its stake in November 2019 from Canada-based Barrick Gold for $US750 million, while Northern Star joined the party in January after purchasing the other 50 per cent from the USA’s Newmont Goldcorp for $US750 million.
Through that project, the two companies found potential for cost savings throughout their entire combined operations.
Northern Star executive director Bill Beament told conference delegates the positives of the deal were so easy to identify it took less than an hour for both parties to reach an agreement.
Shareholders agreed, with Northern Star shares up 17.15 per cent to $16.19 since the October 6 announcement, and Saracen’s up 17 per cent to $6.11.
Ramelius Resources was recognised for its outstanding results over the past year with the digger award. Judges commended the WA gold miner’s 420 per cent increase in net profit after tax over the past financial year.
The media award went to Paydirt media’s Dominic Piper, and the leadership and academic excellence award went to WA School of Mines mining engineering student Georgia Kerr.
WA gold junior De Grey Mining took out the emerging company award.
The awards wrapped up an eventful three days at the conference, which went off without a hitch despite a global pandemic restricting the crowd to mostly WA-based delegates.
Chairman Jim Walker said despite the challenges it had been a successful conference with 2349 people logging on to the presentation live streams from as far afield as Alaska, the UK and Indonesia. Live streams peaked during WA Premier Mark McGowan and the Northern Star-Saracen presentations.
Mr Walker said they conducted 11500 temperature checks of the 1950 delegates, 19 per cent of whom were women.
The gold price, which hit more than $US2000 an ounce in August, was creating a buzz and prompted expectations of more mergers and acquisitions in the sector.
PCF Capital managing director Liam Twigger told reporters it was the best market for commodities and capital since the 1960s.
“You can get the gold price going up, you can raise equity, but what brings that confidence to go and do deals,” he said.
“It’s that animal instinct and I think that is now there as a result of the Northern Star and Saracen deal. It has sparked something and it is the missing ingredient. A lot of capital has come into the market in recent months but the M&A has been quiet, until now.”
China relations cropped up in several presentations and press conferences with most speakers, including Mr McGowan, calling for the federal government to ensure they remained strong for the benefit of the sector.
Nickel miners were buoyed by Tesla founder Elon Musk’s recent call to the sector to produce as much of the metal as they can sustainably and at the right grade.
Miners such as BHP and Western Areas spruiked the long-promised boom in EV sales they said would drive significant growth in the sector.
WA’s hard borders were also a hot topic, with many companies worried it will damage the mining sector’s ability to access skilled labour.
The gender imbalance and skimpy debate also cropped up again, with FMG boss Elizabeth Gaines lamenting the lack of female presenters and that she “didn’t get” the allure of skimpies.
Mr Walker said the 2021 Diggers and Dealers would return to its traditional August spot on the calendar.
Coronavirus updates: Gina Rinehart’s tax cut call to save Aussies as new global COVID hot spots emerge
Article by Zoe Smith courtesy of the Courier Mail
Gina Rinehart has called on the Morrison government to look towards the US to help Australia recover from the economic fall out of the coronavirus pandemic.
The billionaire mining magnate said the Australian government must mirror the Trump administration in rolling out a “practical” solution – to cut government taxes and tape.
“In my view, blind Freddy should be able to see what needs to be done to help Australia economically recover from the COVID pandemic; it’s not rocket science. It’s been practised time and time again successfully. Cut government taxes [and] cut government tape,” Ms Rinehart said during an appearance on Channel 7’s live TV special, Spotlight: Surviving the Crash.
“Don’t just look at Australia, look at what happened successfully in the United States. And how did that happen? President Trump bit the bullet and cut both taxes and tape,” Ms Rinehart said.
“This is what Australia needs to do, not talk about it. This is what Canberra needs to do.”
Rinehart said state capitals needed to also look at cutting payroll taxes in a move to enable the creation of more jobs.
“Why on earth have a tax on employment? It just doesn’t make sense. If you want to have more employment, taxing people for providing employment is obviously not the most sensible thing to do.
“I think there’s too much emphasis here on spending without realising you’ve got a welcome investment first. So you’ve got some revenue so you can spend it. Welcoming investment is critical to our standard of living. It’s critical to any growth in our standard of living.
It’s the one that enables jobs.”
Ms Rinehart also said that the mining industry would “help to lead us out of this COVID economic woe” although she also stated that the industry’s costs are “very high” in Australia.
“You really can’t kill the goose that laid the golden eggs. So just be realistic,” she said.
“Take the hard decisions, provide some leadership, provide some vision and cut tax, cut tape. Please.”
Article by Karen Michelmore courtesy of ABC News
Cancer can be a lonely disease, especially in towns dotted around the vast WA outback. Trish Littlewood began her treatment for stage-four melanoma feeling isolated, so she helped start up a support group in her remote community.
Trish Littlewood had felt unwell for some time, but that still didn’t prepare her for the news — delivered as if by accident in a doctor’s surgery — that she had stage-four melanoma.
Two small dots on her lungs.
“He started chatting about something else and then he said, ‘and because it’s cancer, we’ll have to do so-and-so’,” she said.
“And then he looked at me horrifyingly and said, ‘oh, you don’t know?’ And then he started reading the notes from the biopsy.”
Her GP told her she would have surgery in Perth, 1,600 kilometres away from her home in Hedland, in WA’s Pilbara region, and perhaps some radiation.
“I packed my bags, went off to my first oncology appointment, and was horrified to find out I was being handed three trial drug options that I had to chose from. My overnight bag sat beside me, with my hand shaking on top of it,” she said.
“Arriving back with those three options in large content, the words, the language, it was probably a 10-page piece of information for each trial, each option I had to choose, no idea, I had no idea what I was doing.
“And of course got back to Hedland and discovered I had nobody to talk to up here either.”
Cancer can be a lonely disease, especially in towns dotted within the remote stretches of the vast Western Australian outback.
‘You deal with it yourself’
In Port Hedland, it’s estimated there are about 200 patients at any one time.
After diagnosis it’s a rollercoaster, involving air travel to Perth every three weeks for treatment or scans, negotiating unfamiliar hospitals and hotels and thick forms.
Back home, there are no ongoing local support services, nor is there a local oncologist.
While she underwent treatment she was allowed to bring a support person — her husband, Darrell.
“It’s those little things, when you’ve got no energy, when your support person is more worried than you are. You deal with it yourself,” Mrs Littlewood said.
“That journey I found really, really (difficult). I struggled with it.
“No family up here, you’re living remotely, what do you do?
“And how do you explain it to your family back home? There was nobody to tell me how to do that, either, and that would have been very beneficial.
“And I ended up not telling them. And I ended up in a lot of trouble two years down the track when they realised how sick I’d been.”
‘Like nothing else existed’
At the Hedland Well Women’s Centre, a community health hub in the Pilbara town of South Hedland, stories like Mrs Littlewood’s are not new.
But they are becoming more and more common. Many women say they have found themselves desperately alone as they embark on the fight of their lives.
Beryl Parker said she turned to the Hedland Well Women’s Centre in desperation two years ago after she found out she had stage-two breast cancer.
“When I was told I had breast cancer, (it was) like nothing else existed,” she said.
“I was pretty much in shock. I had no-one else with me, because I believed it was just an infection in my glands, and antibiotics would clear it up, and to be told I had breast cancer was just, wow.”
She was handed a list of breast cancer surgeons in Perth and told, as a public patient, she would need to find one that would “take her on”. She did, and then the chemotherapy treatment started.
“I’d had a couple of rounds of chemo feeling very unwell and sorry for myself, and I needed someone to talk to, and I didn’t know who to talk to,” Ms Parker said.
“So I thought I’d give these Well Women people a try. I walked in the door and had a really big cry with Jill (office manager Jill Byrne). She said ‘we don’t have anything at the moment, I don’t know what we can do.”
She put up a post on Facebook asking if anyone else was in a similar position.
“There was about five of us (who) met at Muffin Break. We had a good chat about it. I found I wasn’t wrong in how I was feeling,” she said.
Women take matters into own hands
The Well Women’s Centre has been an institution in Hedland for 30 years, partly funded by miner BHP and the State Government.
CEO Rebekah Worthington said it took a holistic view to health, offering everything from nutrition advice with dietitians to social events and a chat service that was accessed 500 times a year.
“The centre began because of an amazing action group of women who took matters into their own hands, wanting to see improvements for women’s health in Hedland,” Ms Worthington said.
“Coming here is isolating geographically and socially, so the centre kind of began out of that and it’s been growing for 30 years.”
Office manager Jill Byrne, Ms Worthington’s mother and a cancer survivor herself, said the stories of women like Ms Parker started to strike a chord.
“They were just going through treatment, and they had no idea how to get some support and how to navigate some of the PATS (patient assisted travel scheme) forms and things like that,” Ms Byrne said.
“We decided we need to try and make a difference, and let’s try and help these people.”
Pink Pilbara Breakfast raises $38k
The centre is a strong fundraiser for national breast cancer research, raising about $300,000 at annual events over about 10 years.
Two years ago it decided to focus on local women instead and raised $38,000, in just a few hours, at its first Pink Pilbara Breakfast for a new not-for-profit in Karratha called Reach Us.
“Then we decided, what about Port Hedland, what about our people,” Ms Byrne said.
Last year they raised $46,000 in two hours for a new cancer support group open to everyone touched by cancer: men, women, children, family members and carers.
Mrs Littlewood said the group was nervous at first, but the gamble paid off.
“We recognised that we weren’t servicing our local community and our heartstrings of course belonged there,” she said.
“We realised that we do need financial resources to reach out to help these people, to get the partner on a plane if they can’t get there, to feed the dogs, to take the kids to school, whatever it might be.
“We stepped out on a limb and it worked perfectly well for us.”
Bridging the gap in regions
Now the Hedland Well Women’s Centre is preparing to take an even bigger leap, offering unprecedented support for local cancer sufferers.
It is teaming up with community-based healthcare organisation Solaris Cancer Centre to set up a two-year $500,000 program, involving a part-time cancer support nurse, a part-time specialist cancer counsellor and other support services.
It’s being funded by the Rinehart Medical Foundation, set up by iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart.
Solaris Cancer Care director Kirsty Danby said it was the first outreach program specifically for Pilbara patients.
“This is an opportunity for us to bridge the gap between metropolitan and regional cancer services, specially for Pilbara-based cancer patients and their families,” Ms Danby said.
“It’s to support their cancer experiences, even on their journey they might need a greater level of understanding around what their diagnosis means and what the impacts will be on them and their family, or it might be that they talk about how their body changes.”
‘Absolute dream come true’
The women at the centre say they feel as though they’ve won the lottery.
“This is just an absolute dream come true,” Mrs Littlewood said.
“I know with all my heart it’s going to make the hugest of differences. I get quite emotional thinking about the gap that it’s going to fill.”
For Mrs Littlewood, it wasn’t until she had recovered from the cancer that she felt the full emotional impact of her journey.
“Once I had the all clear, that’s when my wheels came off,” she said.
“The group allowed me to talk about my journey, even though by that stage it was 18 months old, I hadn’t realised that I really needed to tell somebody just how awful it was.”
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