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Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Norman Moore

WA Miners Save The Australian Prospectors And Miners Hall Of Fame

Victor P Taffa

The Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame (APMHF) in Kalgoorlie-Boulder was given a new lease of life this week when eleventh hour membership pledges saved the financially-strapped facility from pending closure.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore had told industry that to remain open, the facility needed about $1 Million a year through membership pledges.

Pledges to maintain the facility for the next 12 months were raised through many mining companies and suppliers, with particularly generous contributions from WesTrac and the Independence Group together with mining giants BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals Group and Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd.

“I am relieved that industry has stepped up to secure the immediate future of the Hall of Fame which showcases the history and the future potential of mining in this country, making it equally important to all Australians not just the Kalgoorlie-Boulder communities and West Australians.” Mr. Moore said.

“Discussions with industry to secure the funding identified a number of concerns for the facility’s long-term future, including renewed vision and direction for the facility.”

As a starting point, the board has been restructured to better reflect the wider Australian mining and resource industry, with former resources minister Peter Jones accepting the role as chair.

“Peter has extensive resources knowledge and history and is well placed to lead the board of directors to secure the halls long-term sustainability and realise its potential as a world-class showcase for the Australian mining industry and a successful attraction for the Goldfields.” the Minister said.

“The APMHF is not a State-run enterprise and the board now has 12 months financial security to establish a formal business plan, improve accounting and develop marketing strategies to ensure industry continues to support it into the future.”

Other board members include :

  • Russell Cole,
  • George Cash,
  • Ian Fletcher,
  • Vanessa Guthrie,
  • David Flanagan,
  • Chris Cairns,
  • Jonathan Bloch,
  • Liam Twigger,
  • Shorty Ryan,
  • Cranston Edwards.

The Minister threw a lifeline in May 2010 to keep the APMHF afloat with a $290,000 State Government rescue package. This was followed by a plea to industry in February this year for companies to get behind the facility, which Mr Moore explained at the time was close to insolvency.

The Hall of Fame gives visitors a hands-on learning experience of mining activities in Australia and also recognises the major roles played by many individuals in building Western Australia’s industry over the past century, such as the now household names of Lang Hancock, Paddy Hannan and Mark Creasy.

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