Where mining is more than just a quarry

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There are five major commodities mined in WA that have substantial downstream processing. Credit for most of the value adding can be attributed to investment decisions taken decades ago, as Mark Beyer reports. (click here to view a PDF version of the 12-page liftout)Gold – 1890s The Perth Mint was established in 1899, just a few years after the discovery of gold in Kalgoorlie triggered a mining boom that transformed Western Australia. It was Australia’s third branch of Britain’s Royal Mint, the others being in Sydney and Melbourne. While they have closed, the Perth Mint has become the producer of…

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