Pres­ti­gious gong for rock-kicker

Kalgoorlie Miner - - MINE TALK - Josh Chiat

Min­ing com­pa­nies play­ing catchup with chang­ing mar­ket con­di­tions may be cry­ing out for skilled work­ers to take up six-fig­ure jobs these days.

It was not so when ge­ol­o­gist Tor­rin Rowe grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of WA in the thick of the down­turn.

Back then, gold and iron ore were on the wane and the em­ploy­ment mar­ket was so dry the 25year-old took up a post-grad­u­ate de­gree in agri­cul­tural eco­nom­ics to wait out the tide.

After tak­ing a punt on mov­ing to Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der to fol­low his dream three years ago, Mr Rowe’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­main in his cho­sen pro­fes­sion has paid off.

Work­ing at Evo­lu­tion Min­ing’s Mun­gari op­er­a­tions, the young rock-kicker was named the in­au­gu­ral Imdex Ex­plo­ration ge­ol­o­gist of the year last month at the Raglan Drilling Ge­ol­ogy Se­ries at Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der’s Han­nans Club.

“I came out and things were sort of at a real low point for min­ing so I went back and started a Masters of Agri­cul­tural Eco­nom­ics,” he said

“I was al­ways in­ter­ested in min­ing, so I picked up a gig with (for­mer Mun­gari owner) La Man­cha Re­sources that was ac­tu­ally not in a ge­ol­ogy ca­pac­ity.

“I started as a data­base and ten­e­ment ad­min­is­tra­tor and then used that to weasel my way into ge­ol­ogy. “I rolled the dice a lit­tle bit. “From the be­gin­ning I knew what I wanted to be do­ing and it was just a mat­ter of try­ing to chase down that chance, and once you get your foot in the door the rest sort of comes when you put in hard work.”

Mr Rowe was re­warded ahead of seven other nom­i­nees from Aus­tralia, Eng­land and Burk­ina Faso for work he did on two new tar­gets Evo­lu­tion found around the his­toric Ora Banda camp known as Scot­tish Archer and Perime­ter.

While Ora Banda is a ma­ture area that has been mined since the early 1900s, Mr Rowe said the area around the drill tar­gets was rel­a­tively un­touched.

He said it was nice to have an award that ac­knowl­edged the work of young ge­ol­o­gists.

“It didn’t have to go fur­ther than (the nom­i­na­tion) be­cause ex­plo­ration is a team ef­fort, and then it go­ing fur­ther than that was phe­nom­e­nal,” he said.

“I think all the other nom­i­nees would have felt the same way. Just hav­ing a chance for the com­pany to for­mally recog­nise them in the in­dus­try was a big pos­i­tive out of it.”

Pic­ture: Kelsey Reid

Evo­lu­tion Min­ing's Tor­rin Rowe.

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