Price of gold spurs wave of WA FIFO jobs in remote mining town of Wiluna
Summary: Rising gold prices look set to bring about a wave of new jobs for FIFO workers - turning a WA ghost town into a boom town in the process.....
The once-thriving goldrush town of Wiluna, 1200 kilometres north-east of Perth, has struggled since the end of the WWII but the price of gold has changed its fortunes.
In the 1930s almost ten thousand people lived in the outback town, but sunk to just 100, following the end of the war.
But a new wave of miners - fly-in-fly-out - are making it thrive once more.
Needing 250 people to operate its mine, Blackham Resources is always on the lookout for people to join there team.
And with mine is currently turning out 30 kilograms of gold every four days, worth roughly $1.5m, it’s no surprise the company is planning to expand next year.
With that, comes even more jobs.
“Look, we'll probably see a doubling of the workforce,” Blackham Resources’ CEO Richard Boffey told 7 News Perth.
“So the opportunities are there - we're obviously looking for the best people.”
And it's not just miners they're looking for.
“People who want to make beds, we need mouths fed,” he added
It's a welcome turnabout for a town, and an industry that was struggling after the financial crisis.
“It was very tough. It's actually picking up which is really good to see,” said miner Murray Smith.