The generosity of major donors to the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame was recognised at a special presentation ceremony in Perth tonight.
Resources Minister John Bowler presented plaques to representatives from WesTrac, Metso Minerals, Mincor NL, Newmont, Alkane Exploration, Western Areas and individual contributors George James, Michael Ruane and Terry Streeter.
The Hall of Fame has been a huge success since its establishment at Kalgoorlie in 2001.
Mr Bowler said more than 50,000 people visited it during 2004-05, making it one of Australia’s most popular regional tourist attractions.
“The Hall of Fame demonstrates how the modern mining industry is a young person’s industry with widespread usage of modern technology,” he said.
“It recognises the contribution prospectors and miners have made, and will make in the future, to the prosperity and well-being of the State."
The Minister said the Hall of Fame was not only a repository for historic records, artefacts and equipment of national significance to prospecting and mining activities, but it also recognised the people and stories behind the material.
The Hall of Fame was created as a Centenary of Australia project. Funding came from the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments, mining companies and individuals.
It features many galleries, including exploration, minerals, discovery and finance, as well as extensive outdoor displays and an underground mine tour.
Mr Bowler said educating the Australian public about the significance of mining was essential to the industry’s long-term future and the support given by companies and individuals to the Hall of Fame was helping to share the knowledge.
“The mining industry generates about $55billion worth of exports annually and creates about 321,000 direct and indirect jobs throughout Australia,” he said.
“There are many exhibitions and displays that will be completed soon, which will help attract an increasing number of visitors and school groups in the future.”
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