CME's East and North East portfolios include the resource rich Goldfields-Esperance region, covering a third of the Western Australian land mass. Development in the region was spurred on by gold discoveries in the 1890's and nickel discoveries in the 1970's. Commodities produced in the region include gold, nickel, cobalt, copper and zinc, silver, gypsum and limesand.
CME in the East and North East Regions
Within the Eastern Region CME is focused on the following strategies to deliver the industry's vision:
- People – everyone in the industry understands, and is trained to manage, the inherent hazards and risks, and education and training systems responsive to industry needs.
- Infrastructure and planning – government processes are streamlined, transparent and simplified, reducing regulatory burden and an industry-government infrastructure plan for state and regional development.
- Natural resources - alternate energy sources are developed, effective management of environmental impact, more efficient government processes for obtaining access to land for exploration, development and infrastructure purposes, and reduced water usage.
- Communities – contribute to community development and community engagement informs decision making on industry wide issues.
Focus areas within the North Eastern Region are:
- People – increase the size of the skilled labour pool.
- Infrastructure and planning – government processes are streamlined, transparent and simplified, reducing regulatory burden, and coordination between the responsibilities of government, industry and community in the provisions of social and physical infrastructure.
- Natural resources – the industry contributes to biodiversity knowledge, conservation and rehabilitation and more efficient government processes for obtaining access to land for exploration, development and infrastructure purposes.
- Natural resources – efficient and effective heritage and native title frameworks.
Projects and Issues
- Training of industry personnel, sharing of risk management principles, awareness of regulatory and legislative changes including mine emergency response competitions
- Participation in strategic planning forums and programs to support future skills development in the region such as the Goldfields Education Mining Industry Alliance and Goldfields-Esperance Workforce Development Alliance
- Undertaking research to determine the impact of increased local government charges on the resources sector
- Examination of infrastructure bottlenecks relating to Goldfields-Esperance resources sector
- Representative submissions and advocacy including the Goldfields-Esperance Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework
- Hosting of the Goldfields Energy Forum to engage with stakeholders and decision makers regarding regional energy issues
- Development and ongoing maintenance of partnerships which assist community development such as the Saint Barbara’s Festival and What’s Down the Track Forum with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Representation on other bodies including the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor’s Leadership Group, Discover the Round, KBCCI City and Regional Development Committee and City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Walk of Fame Committee.
The Eastern Regional Council is chaired by Mr Russell Cole of Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) Pty Ltd.
The North Eastern Regional Council is chaired by Mr Wayne Ashworth of Glencore Nickel Western Australia.