Growth plan takes shape
This year brings new economic opportunities to the Goldfields.
The groundwork done in 2018 has delivered on many major initiatives for our region.
The Kalgoorlie Economic Development Conference held in Perth in June brought together the many concepts and projects under way that map out a vibrant economy for the city’s future.
This year we look forward to the investment commitment for the Kalgoorlie Lithium Refinery, owned and operated by producer Neometals.
Unique to Kalgoorlie-Boulder is that we have all the ingredients to facilitate the development for the refinery. Kalgoorlie-Boulder was chosen because of the connected infrastructure in the region.
Road, rail, gas pipeline and supporting facilities provide Neometals the basics to get ahead of the pack.
Securing the refinery and rail realignment is determined by the outcome of local government’s drive to co-ordinate the projects and bring partners together.
This I am especially proud of as mayor — to look back to when ideas were presented and see how far Kalgoorlie-Boulder has come.
Gold, silver, nickel, lithium and the many other mined resources that our region offers all make their way to new destinations.
We rarely see the benefits of local enterprise, with the exception of the attractive gold nugget displays visitors and residents love. We all hold a phone in our hands. How proud would you be holding that phone and knowing the integral components were all mined and made on the ground you walk on?
The State Government’s goal is to capitalise on the lithium boom and create a sustainable ecosystem, from mining of minerals to a consumable end product.
Historically we as a nation have missed out on capitalising on downstream processing.
In the coming week KalgoorlieBoulder will welcome the Australian Rail and Track Corporation chairman Warren Truss. This visit will be a decisive step towards progressing the City’s rail realignment project that will shape our future by creating a more efficient service for rail transportation.
Construction of the new line will create local employment.
The project will culminate with opportunities for more downstream processing.
It is great to know Neometals has a commitment to growing Kalgoorlie-Boulder. I look forward to seeing the growth the rail realignment project will bring. The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog opens on February 8 in Manhattan, returning to New York after three decades in St Louis.
The collection boasts portraits of royal and presidential pets, and artifacts that trace canine history as far back as an estimated 30 million-year-old fossil.
Electronic devices “match” visitors’ faces with dog breeds and let people try their hand at basic dog training with a virtual puppy.
A library area lets museumgoers peruse some of the club’s 15,000 books.
One thing there won’t be: actual dogs, except for special occasions.
Executive director Alan Fausel says he hopes the museum gives visitors “an understanding of the history of dogs” and their variety.
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