Fish tales mark Koolan’s return to production
Posted on 04 Jul 2019
Koolan Island iron ore mining operations have reached full production after a $100 million reconstruction of the mine site.
In reaching the latest milestone, MGI has set one record which might be the envy of fishing enthusiasts around the Kimberley.
As a result of the sea wall collapse in 2014, the flooded mine pit became home to nearly 1000 fish which had to be caught and released as part of the company’s environmental management program.
Most of the fish were mouth-watering recreational targets but none of them made it to the dinner table.
In addition to the 899 fish caught with nets and rods, the environment team collected five sharks (carefully), four rays and two turtles.
Meanwhile General Manager of Koolan Island operations Tim Wride says the company is delighted by the success of the reconstruction project.
Mount Gibson Iron (MGI) is sending four ships a month to iron-hungry markets around the world. Koolan Island produces some of the world’s best quality iron. The operation is now back in business producing high grade resources for the steel industry
The progress to a new mining operation has generated significant job opportunities for local people.
“We are very pleased with the commitment and enthusiasm of local recruits,” he said
“Aboriginal employment accounts for 59 of our 330 employees and contractors.
“In addition, we have a new truck drivers’ trainee program planned for the next few weeks. All up, we’re very happy with the way things are going.”