The history of Western Australia as missed by the media
It’s hard to imagine the history of Western Australia without productive industries such as nickel, iron ore, alumina and talc. These industries were all introduced and created by Western Mining Corp. This contributed to 11% of Australia’s population (in WA) producing 43% of the nation’s exported goods.
The launch of the remarkable book Mandarins & Mavericks – Remembering Western Mining 1933-2005, in Perth, on November 27, 2017 was entirely missed or overlooked by the media (probably pre-occupied by the passing parade of ‘issues of the day’). They would have heard the inspirational stories of a small band of technologically advanced individuals. These people looked beneath Western Australia’s sand-covered rocks, making amazing discoveries and creating a solid legacy for Australia.
That small team set an example that inspired the many successful companies that followed. Many of these were operated by Western Mining Corp trained personnel.
Western Mining Corp set the standard for ‘how to do it’. The result is a healthy ‘economic engine’ driving our state. These remarkable achievements are often overlooked by those of a political leaning. You know the ones — those pre-occupied with over-spending the outcomes and running us into a brick-wall of debt.
I came away from the book launch with an after-taste of sadness. Where is today’s ‘language of leadership’ to encourage future role models who will inspire our next generation?