The annual Diggers and Dealers forum in Kalgoorlie Boulder recently went ahead despite the very different COVID19 world we are in at the moment. Over 1700 delegates majority from Western Australia, descended on to the grounds of the forum at the Goldfields Arts Centre. There were plenty of highlights and a lot of enthusiasm for mining and in particular Western Australian projects.
The main attraction included keynote speaker HON Mark McGowan Premier of Western Australia and Bill Beament and Raleigh Finlayson. Mr Beament and Mr Finlayson, who with their respective companies, Northern Star Resources and Saracen Minerals – announced a friendly merger a week out from the forum and are joint KCGM owners.
After the end of the forum, City of Kalgoorlie Boulder Mayor John Bowler, unveiled a Walk of Fame inductee – Mr Geoffery Stokes. The late Mr Stokes was the original organiser of the Diggers and Dealers Forum and was represented by widow Kate and current Digger and Dealers Chairman Jim Walker. The plaque is located outside of the Palace Hotel on Hannan Street where Diggers was first conducted.