Community Reference Group

The KCGM Community Reference Group (CRG) is comprised and chaired by members of the local community.

KCGM established the group in 1999 in order to have an open forum with the community about operational issues and to seek feedback from the community.

The group meets monthly to discuss KCGM’s present operations and future developments, and the potential impacts these may have on the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community.

We welcome expressions of interest from community members who would like to join the CRG. Download the Application Form or general enquires can be posted to the below address or emailed to:

KCGM Community Reference Group Postal Address:

The Chairperson
c/o KCGM
PMB 27
Kalgoorlie WA 6433


Download CRG Guidelines 
Download Application Form

Residents of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community are encouraged to contact any of the CRG members for information about KCGM operations, or to express their views, opinions or concerns.

CRG Minutes

Tracy Hicks Chairperson

Tracy is a long-term Goldfields resident who understands local, state and federal politics. Tracy, her husband and four children all live, work and have chosen to stay in the Goldfields. She has been involved in the banking, real estate and now education sectors within the Goldfields.

As a resident of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the community issues most important to Tracy include promoting Kalgoorlie-Boulder as a major hub, with great opportunities for employment, education and lifestyle.

You can contact Tracy on 0407 465 276 or

Jim Watson

Jim has lived in Kalgoorlie-Boulder with his wife Helga for over 50 years, raising their two sons who both now work in the mining industry. He enjoys fishing, scuba-diving and doing home renovations, and enjoys the convenience and quiet lifestyle the City has to offer.

A building contractor by trade, Jim is currently works for Houspect WA. Over the course of his career, Jim has won 14 building excellence awards. He is currently President of the Hannans Goldfields Lions Club.

As somebody who has never worked in the mining industry, Jim feels that he is a good representative of the community and that he can help KCGM to keep improving their relationship with the Goldfields region.

He became a CRG member in 2010 to improve communication between KCGM and the Williamstown community and has since gained a new perspective on the mining industry.

You can contact Jim on 0419 833 470 or email

Sarah-Jayne Eeles

Sarah-Jayne has a strong passion for culture and the arts, spending 10 years as an active committee member of the Goldfields Repertory Club and involvement with Triple M’s ‘Give Me 5 For Kids’ fundraising events. She’s also spent 13 years in marketing, working closely with Kalgoorlie-Boulder businesses across all industries.

As a resident of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the community issues most important to Sarah-Jayne include providing opportunities for residents and families, with more access to activities, events and socialising.

As a CRG member, Sarah-Jayne is most looking forward to being involved in conversations on the possible impacts of KCGM’s operations on the community currently and in the future. She would also like to discuss opportunities KCGM could align to further the community even more.

You can contact Sarah-Jayne on 0402 161 105 or

Kiri Watson

A resident of Kalgoorlie Boulder for over 12 years, Kiri, has actively immersed themselves in various aspects of community life. Through their involvement in the mining industry and participation in community events, Kiri has demonstrated a strong commitment to the betterment of the community. With a deep-rooted interest in the growth and development of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kiri aspires to contribute and give back to the community that has provided them with an exceptional lifestyle and well-being.

Kiri became a member of the CRG in 2022 and seeks to be a representative voice on behalf of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community, aiming to work for the general interest and benefit of all residents. As a CRG member, Kiri is confident in their ability to fulfill these responsibilities and effectively advocate for the needs and aspirations of the community.

You can contact Kiri on 0450 015 346 or

Darren Hovingh

Darren has been a Kalgoorlie-Boulder resident for 12 years and counting, like many residents Darren has moved away and returned finding Kalgoorlie-Boulder a great place for him and his family to live and work. 

The most appealing aspect of regional life for Darren is the Goldfields community and sense of acceptance that comes with being an active contributor in the community. Darren is currently a committee member for Eastern Goldfields Squash Racquet Association and a founding member of Outback Rodeos. 

When not playing squash, or spending time with family & friends, Darren works in a leadership role across the region for a mining services company and understands the value of face-to-face connections and service delivery. 

Darren became a member of the CRG in 2023 and is looking forward to supporting the community, “Goldfields has a wonderful history and contributes a lot to the State and Nationally but gets overshadowed by other parts of WA”.  Darren enjoys being better informed about the impact and value of KCGM’s operations and sharing this knowledge with the Goldfields community. 

You can contact Darren on 0408 002 649