Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mining Innovation Hub Director Appointed

05 February 2018:

CRC ORE is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Sabina Shugg AM to the role of Director of the newly created Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mining Innovation Hub. Sabina will be relocating to Kalgoorlie to commence the Hub Director role in early April 2018

Sabina has a well-established career in the mining industry, initially in site operational and management roles with Normandy and Newcrest and more recently in management consulting in mining with Momentum Partners and KPMG.

Born in the Goldfields, Sabina obtained her Mining Engineering degree from Curtin University’s Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), and an Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Australia. She has been a committed advocate for the mining industry, involved in a range of high profile industry groups and activities. She is Founder and Chair of the Women in Mining & Resources WA (WIMWA), for which she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015. She was named Patron of the WASM Alumni in 2017 in recognition of her role as Alumni committee member since 2010.

In addition to WIMWA, Sabina currently holds Board positions with Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) and Mining Education Australia. She is an Alternate Director with Austmine and holds advisory committee positions with Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) and the Minerals Council of Australia.

CRC ORE is very pleased to have someone of Sabina’s calibre to lead the development of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mining Innovation Hub. She has a solid technical background, a strong industry network and a passion to see the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region build on its already strong reputation for innovation in Mining

WASM technician gives 50 years and a day

Josh Chiat Kal Miner
Around 2500 students have passed through the front doors at the WA School of Mines’ Egan Street campus since Lewis Pannell started his career as a lab technician there on February 5, 1968.
But after 50 years and one day in the same job, Curtin University and WASM’s longest serving employee will retire today, Tuesday 6 of Feb 2018. Celebrating his 68th birthday on the weekend Mr Pannell said he was
driven by his passion for the mining college and proud of the influence he had on graduates, who, today, are some of the most powerful faces in Australia’s mining industry.
“I feel very privileged to think that I’ve been able to influence those guys and they were very, very successful business people,” he said. “All heads of mining, all heads of various companies. “I’m a bit emotional. Those graduates include his son, Dean, who left WASM with a degree in metallurgy in 1999. Originally from South Australia, Mr Pannell came to Kalgoorlie as a teenager when his father arrived in town to work with Western Mining and signed
up to work as a lab technician in the school’s physics department just days after turning 18. Since then he has become part of the furniture.

Women In Resources Awards 2018

Congratulations to Peta Libby, Director of DigiRock for her WIRA nomination: Peta is part of the WASMA family through various WASM connections and we are delighted to learn she has been nominated.

Peta is a geologist with over 20 years’ industry experience and is the Founder and Managing Director of Digirock, a geological consulting company. Peta’s extensive career success and experience has led her to participate on a number of executive and non-executive not-for profit boards and committees associated with the resources sector. In addition to regularly presenting at a variety of industry forums, mentoring women and Indigenous employees, Peta is a champion for improving safety outcomes of exploration workers in remote locations and leading the development of safety manuals and procedures, now used by over 30 companies globally. Through her company, Peta models and provides flexible work arrangements for both men and women, ensuring they remain connected to the business.

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WASMA Hero, Professor Colin Roberts

Professor Colin Roberts, a graduate of WASM and a member of the WA School of Mines Alumni,  has been appointed Executive Chairman of Salternas and will direct the feasibility study to construct and operate the world’s largest solar-salt project in Somaliland.

Preliminary studies have estimated the project could support up to 10 million tonnes a year of salt exports and generate more than $US6 billion ($7.6bn) in cash flow over an initial 20-year operating life. Salternas Pty Ltd through its fully-owned German subsidiary Salternas GmbH have initiated the integrated solar salt project leading to self-sustaining humanitarian relief creating an oasis with flow-on benefits such as the production of potable water, fresh vegetables, animal fodder, aquaculture and mariculture “Combining Philanthropy with Investment”.

If just one life can be saved it will be worthwhile. 6.2 million people are suffering in Somalia from lack of nourishment. Overall, some 388,000 acutely malnourished children are in need of critical nutrition support, including life-saving treatment for more than 87,000 severely malnourished children. We at Salternas are constructing plans to provide enough food, fresh water and fodder to exceed Somalia’s requirements.

In a nutshell, a proportion of the annual pre-tax cash-flow from the salt production (estimated at an eventual US$350 million (AU$450 million) will be reinvested to produce a major humanitarian program to produce enough food to create zero hunger.

Pilbara Minerals boss Ken Brinsden’s ‘fortuitous’ leap from iron ore to lithium


Ken Brinsden, did not have to travel very far to be at the forefront of Western Australia’s emergent lithium industry.

As chief executive of Pilbara Minerals, Brinsden is in charge of bringing the large Pilgangoora lithium deposit in Western Australia’s Pilbara region into production.

But in an unusual coincidence, Pilgangoora is flanked by two of the iron ore mines that were under his watch in his previous role as managing director of Atlas Iron.

“I pinched myself actually when I first started travelling up with Pilbara and, standing on the top of the hill at Pilgangoora, I could see Abydos and I could see Wodgina,” Brinsden tells AFR Weekend.


Ken is a WASMA council member and Chair of the Finance Subcommittee