Media Releases

August 28, 2014

KCGM Identifies ‘New’ Underground Resource

Exploration drilling conducted by KCGM has identified a mineable underground resource at the Hidden Secret Ore Body. The resource is estimated to be 665,000 tonnes at 3.56 grams per tone, equating to 76,000 ounces of gold.

The Hidden Secret resource was identified through KCGM’s exploration of the Central Corridor and is around 350 metres east of Mount Charlotte. KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said proposed operations at Hidden Secret will be entirely underground.

“KCGM is currently developing a mining proposal to extend underground operations to the Hidden Secret Ore Body. The resource is between 215 and 440 metres underground.

Mining at Hidden Secret extends operations at Mount Charlotte by around two years and creates an additional 11 new positions.

We hope to gain the necessary approvals as soon as possible so operations can begin in early 2015.”

Mr Cole said KCGM is sensitive to nearby residents and has designed the project to minimise any disturbance.

“Operations at Hidden Secret will utilise the existing infrastructure and services of Mount Charlotte, including the Sam Pearce Decline and current ventilation system.

The stope will be backfilled and blasts will be subject to KCGM’s current monitoring and reporting program.”

KCGM continues to explore opportunities to extend the Life of Mine and exploration drilling along the Central Corridor will continue.

“Surface and underground exploration was carried out along the Central Corridor between 2010 and 2013,” Mr Cole said.

“Further drilling for mineable underground resources in the Central Corridor will continue to the north east of Williamstown in 2015.”

While the Hidden Secret Ore Body presents a new opportunity to extend KCGM’s underground mining operations, the ore body itself has been previously identified and mined. The Hidden Secret Underground Mine operated around 1908 to 1925, and the Hidden Secret Open Pit was cut in the 1980s, prior to the formation of KCGM in 1989.

Media enquiries:
Jacqui Niemand
KCGM Community Relations Superintendent
Ph 0459 494 910

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February 5, 2014

KCGM Processing Gold to 2029

KCGM today announced plans which will see the operation continue to process gold until around 2029, extending the mineral processing life of the mine by eight years.

In 2009 KCGM plans indicated that mining in the Fimiston Open Pit would continue until 2019 and processing of gold to 2021.

KCGM General Manger Russell Cole explained the extension to the life of mine was due to the inclusion of processing low grade stockpiles, which were deemed a mining reserve in 2012, in accordance with the NI43-101 reporting standard.

“While current plans have us stopping open pit mining in 2019, processing the low grade stockpiles has now become part of our long-term plan,”

“The inclusion of the stockpiles means KCGM currently plans to process gold until 2029. Of course this may change as the economical viability of any project can fluctuate due to external factors such as gold price, taxes, labour costs and so on,” Russell said.

As part of the 2013 Life of Mine Plan, KCGM has approached the WA Government regarding the approvals process for key projects, the most significant of which will see the two roasters at Gidji close. The projects range from increasing the capacity of tailings storage facilities to upgrades at Fimiston and Gidji to reduce air emissions.

“KCGM is committed to continually improving the way we operate and this includes our environmental management,”

“The two roasters at Gidji are scheduled to cease operating by the end of 2015, and will be replaced with a large Ultra Fine Grinding (UFG) Mill,” Russell said.

While the current Life of Mine Plan has KCGM operating to around 2029, KCGM continues to look for opportunities to extend mine life.

“It is important for the community to understand that while KCGM endeavours to extend the life of the operations, gold price is variable and economically viable mineral resources are finite, and one day the mine will close,” Russell said.

“Providing a nominal date for mine closure ensures that adequate planning is undertaken by the operation, government and community to minimise potential impacts.”

Media Contact:
Please contact Peta Jurgens, KCGM Community Relations Coordinator, on 0400 205 445 or

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January 31, 2014

Nominations Open for KCGM Community Reference Group

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) is calling for members to join the Community Reference Group (CRG).

The CRG is a forum for KCGM to discuss its operations with community members, and as an avenue for them to provide feedback. The group discuss a wide range of topics including safety and environmental management, mine performance, community views and projects.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said the CRG was established 15 years ago and continues to provide valuable feedback.

“Our community is made up of people with a range of views and opinions. We want to ensure the CRG continues to provide feedback from across the community.”

“We encourage representatives of local businesses, community organisations and individuals to nominate,” he said.

The CRG meets at 12pm on the second Thursday of every month for 1 hour. If you would like to find out more about the CRG, visit the KCGM website, where member contact details are available.

The current CRG members, in consultation with KCGM, will consider all nominations.

Download a nomination form at Applications close on 9th February and appointed members will be notified by 20th February 2014.

Media Contact:
Please contact Peta Jurgens, KCGM Community Relations Coordinator, on 0400 205 445 or

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November 22, 2013

Hannans North Celebrates St Barbara’s Festival

To celebrate St Barbara’s Festival, we are holding an open day at Hannans North on Sunday December the 8th from 9am to 4pm.

There will be plenty of activities on the day including gold panning, Two-up, dry blowing demonstrations, truck tours of the iconic CAT haul truck at 11am and 2pm, and activities with Kalgoorlie Boulder Urban Landcare Group and The Eastern Goldfields Historical Society.

A self-guided walking tour of the site gives visitors the opportunity to stand in the shovel of a 994 Loader, go inside a modern underground refuge chamber, listen to Paddy Hannan tell his tale of discovery, pan for gold, and visit the prospectors’ campsite and Daisy Mae Engine Room.

Families can make a day of it and enjoy a picnic in the Chinese Gardens, use our BBQ facilities or purchase lunch from the food vans in attendance.

Entry: Adults $10, Children and Seniors $6, Family (up to four children) $30.

The Open Day will launch our new trading hours. From the 8th December, Hannans North Tourist Mine will open Sunday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

For more information please call the Super Pit Shop on 9022 1664.

Media enquiries:
Peta Jurgens
KCGM Community Relations Coordinator
Phone: 0400 205 445

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October 23, 2013

KCGM Bonus Helping Local Rehabilitation Service

KCGM is supporting local people affected by drug and alcohol abuse by donating a recent safety bonus to the Goldfields Rehabilitation Service.

The donation is a result of KCGM staff and contractors reaching one million hours without a Lost Time Injury (LTI), meaning no one was absent from work due to a work related injury or illness during this time.

KCGM General Manager, Russell Cole said the donation was a reflection of KCGM’s commitment to the local community.

“The LTI Bonus was originally given to staff as a symbol to keep striving for these safety milestones. Around five years ago staff decided they wanted to donate the rewards for reaching our safety milestones to those who need it most,” he said.

“Staff voted to donate this latest $10,000 bonus to the Goldfields Rehabilitation Service.”

The Goldfields Rehabilitation Service provides a residential facility for people overcoming substance abuse, along with services to clients who have been affected by sexual violence.

Service Manager, Jane Fajardo said the facility provides positive outcomes and experiences for residents, their families and the community.

“The Service is important for encouraging facility residents to develop lifelong skills for reintegration into the community” she said.

The Service joins a number of organisations and community groups that have benefited from the LTI Bonus over the years, including the Goldfields Women’s Refuge, the Mayor’s Blanket Appeal, the Goldfields Aged Pensioners Relief Fund, and the Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital.

Media enquiries:
Natalie Iannaci
KCGM Community Relations Officer
Phone: 0468 416 255

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