One of Australia’s biggest mining consultancy firms plans to establish a Kalgoorlie-Boulder office within the next 12 months to capitalise on the recent uptick in the Goldfields resources sector.
Originally founded as a zinc-focused company in Ireland in 1984, Perth-based CSA Global has 11 offices across the world but none in regional WA.
It has tapped former Evolution Mining Mungari principal geologist James Potter to establish a team locally, against the backdrop of a rise of fly-in, fly-out work practices that local business and community leaders have decried in recent years.
CSA Global managing director Jeff Elliott said clients as big as South African giant Gold Fields requested residential consultants.
“A few of them, even Gold Fields, said ‘we wish you had some people locally because the cost of flying people up for a short time really adds to the cost’,” he said.
“It wasn’t really until James became available that it became an ideal opportunity for us.
“We’ve heard it directly from our clients, so if the clients say they’d like to see local people, that’s confirming it for us.”
While Mr Potter is currently its only employee in the Goldfields, Mr Elliott said CSA hoped to have a team of three-five people based in the region within six months to a year.