Mines Minister George Cash today announced the release of the Department of Minerals and Energy's annual Guide to Minerals and Petroleum in Western Australia.
Mr Cash said the publication provided a broad overview of the mineral and petroleum industry throughout the State and outlined the history, management, performance of various commodities and prospects for the future.
"Mineral and petroleum production in WA last year was worth more than $12.6 billion and the guide is aimed at meeting the huge demand for information about the State's most valuable industry," he said.
"The industry also contributes more than 75 per cent to the State's total overseas exports and provides jobs for more than 36,000 people directly and another 120,000 indirectly."
Mr Cash said the guide included a prominent article on gold production in WA.
He said the precious metal maintained its status as the State's most valuable mineral commodity during 1994 with production exceeding $3,263 million, or eight per cent of world production.
The next most valuable commodity was iron ore with production worth $2,621 million or 12 per cent of world production.
The Minister said the 88-page publication was of special interest to primary producers, potential investors, government authorities, students and the general public.
Free copies could be obtained from the Public Affairs Branch of the Department of Minerals and Energy, Mineral House, 100 Plain Street, East Perth, or by telephoning (09) 222 3589.
Media contact: Mark Thompson 222 9595