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: email@example.com
KCGM Community Reference Group Postal Address:
Kalgoorlie WA 6433
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.
Susan Owen Chairperson
Originally from Victoria, Susan has been a Kalgoorlie-Boulder resident since arriving on New Year’s day 2001. Although intending to work in the Goldfields temporarily, Susan enjoyed the relaxed lifestyle and the sense of community within the region and has settled here.
With a passion for supporting and helping local communities in making positive lifestyle choices, Susan is a regular volunteer with many local agencies, has participated on many local and state-wide organisational Boards of Management, and currently works as the Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention Officer at Hope Community Services, Goldfields Community Alcohol & Drug Service.
In her spare time Susan enjoys spending time with her two dogs, dining out, travelling, socialising with friends, collecting antiques and driving her 1967 HR Holden.
Susan became a member of the CRG in 2012 with the hope of being both an advocate for KCGM and a voice for the community. Susan enjoys being better informed about the impact and value of KCGM’s operations and sharing this knowledge with the Goldfields community.
You can contact Susan on 0407 902 270
Jim Watson Vice Chairperson
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 17 building excellence awards. He is also a member of the Hannans Goldfields Lions Club and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
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
Esmond moved to Kalgoorlie-Boulder with his wife and children in January 2012 and enjoys the friendliness, facilities and opportunities of the region. A retiree, Esmond is currently Vice President and Goldfields representative for the West Australian Council of State School Organisations (WACSSO). WACCSO is the parent body for Parent and Citizen associations in public schools across Western Australia.
In his spare time Esmond enjoys gardening, watching the football, cricket and supercars, as well as adding to his various collections and memorabilia.
Esmond became a CRG member in 2014 to provide community input to KCGM and discover opportunities for children in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, particularly in regards to education and future jobs.
You can contact Esmond on 0409 370 016
Iris has been living in Kalgoorlie-Boulder since 2007 with her husband Graham. She likes that Kalgoorlie-Boulder is not just a town, but rather a community, and enjoys the many opportunities provided locally.
Iris works as a Real Estate Consultant for John Matthew and Sons. She loves connecting and supporting new residents through her ‘Moving to Kalgoorlie Boulder’ Facebook group.
In her spare time, Iris enjoys spending time with her husband and their other furry, four-legged family member – a Golden Retriever.
Iris joined the CRG in 2017 to have a better understanding of Mining and its contributions to the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community, as well as to provide community input on mental health.
You can contact Iris on 0420 471 461
Peter first came to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in 1964 from Gwalia where he commenced working at the Great Boulder mill before moving across underground at the Reward Shaft. He is a lifelong Goldfields local resident with his grandparents arriving into the Goldfields in 1892 and his father who was born in Kanowna in 1905.
He is an active member of the Goldfields Vintage and Veteran Car Club and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club which he has been involved in local horse racing for the past 8 years as a part race horse owner.
Peter enjoys Kalgoorlie-Boulder for its down to earth feel, the welcoming community and the amazing Australian outback bush surrounds. In his spare time he works on his vintage car, fossicking and prospecting in the surrounds of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Peter became a CRG member, as he wanted to be a part of a group that harnesses local opportunities and to find out more about Mining and the community.
You can contact Peter on 0427 155 354
Murray is a lifelong Kalgoorlie-Boulder resident, currently enjoying his retirement. He has been married for over 50 years and raised his two children in the region.
A Justice of the Peace for 37 years, Murray has a long background in the mining industry; studying engineering at the WA School of Mines in his teen years while simultaneously attaining an engineering trade in Fitting and Turning at Lake View and Star Gold Mine.
Murray joined the Construction Engineering Group team to build the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter and in 1975 became a Training Officer at the Smelter. He worked for various mining companies, including the Western Mining Corporation, in both Engineering and Training roles across the Goldfields region for several decades. Murray is a National Serviceman and member of the Kalgoorlie RSL.
As a member of the CRG since 2001, Murray feels that he belongs to both KCGM and the community and appreciates the honesty and integrity of KCGM communication to the public.
You can contact Murray on 08 9021 4262