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Minerals and Energy

Mining activity in the Kimberley has a long and diverse history, commencing with the discovery of gold near Halls Creek in 1885. Construction of an iron ore mine on Cockatoo Island began in 1944, with the first shipments of iron ore made in 1951. In the 1980s, diamonds and zinc/lead deposits were discovered and mines were commissioned at Argyle (diamonds) and Cadjebut (zinc/lead). Further exploration for a variety of resources, including gold near Halls Creek, continues.

The total value of resources commodities in the Kimberley in 2013/14 was $1.18 billion in 2013/14. Iron Ore is the most valuable commodity in the Kimberley, followed by Diamonds and Crude Oil as shown in the chart below.

Kimberley Production by Commodity Share

Kimberley Production by Commodity Share. Source: Department of Mines and Petroleum, Resource Data Files 2014.

Kimberley Production by Commodity Share. Source: Department of Mines and Petroleum, Resource Data Files 2014.

The value of minerals produced in the Kimberley has been fairly volatile as production is dependent on world demand. Geographically the Shire of Derby West Kimberley produced the greatest value of minerals ($521 million) in 2013/14, followed by the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley ($465 million), the Shire of Halls Creek ($190 million) and the Shire of Broome ($6 million).

Total Value of Production by LGA

Total Value of Production by LGA. Source: Department of Minerals and Petroleum and Department of Regional Development, Mineral Production in Western Australia Adjusted for Petroleum 2013/14.

Total Value of Production by LGA. Source: Department of Minerals and Petroleum and Department of Regional Development, Mineral Production in Western Australia Adjusted for Petroleum 2013/14.

Page last updated: Mon Sep 12 2016 10:31:25 AM

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