Welcome to Diggers & Dealers

This leading annual conference combines presentations by listed mining and exploration companies with a large exhibition area housing exhibitors from the sector. A world class entertainment program ensures that delegates experience the very best of the style and hospitality of Kalgoorlie, the unofficial gold mining capital of Australia

The delegation is made up of mining and exploration companies, brokers, bankers,investors, financiers and mining service industries. A 50 strong media contingent ensures that the proceedings of the Forum are widely reported.

Forum 2017: 7 to 9 August, Kalgoorlie Western Australia


Select from the available 2017 attendance passes below or register your interest for Exhibiting and Presenting.

Full Delegate

The Full Delegate pass includes all three days of the forum ie access to the marquee, auditorium and the THREE evening socials, the Cocktail Party, Traditional Bash and Gala Dinner.

Monday Delegate

A pass for Monday, 7 August, includes attendance to the presentations, sponsors marquee, and the Cocktail Party.

Tuesday Delegate

A pass for Tuesday, 8 August, includes attendance to the presentations, sponsors marquee, and the Traditional Bash.

Wednesday Delegate

A pass for Wednesday, 9 August, includes attendance to the presentations and sponsors marquee, EXCLUDES the Gala Dinner.

Presenter Interest 2017

Please note only listed mining companies will be considered for presentation slots. By completing this form you will receive the application form for 2017 which will be sent in January 2017. The offers for successful applicants will be sent in March 2017 and from there on until the programme is filled.

Exhibitor Interest 2017

Be placed on the wait-list for the opportunity to exhibit. The wait-list is carried over each year. The package includes amongst other items a booth in the sponsors marquee and two delegate passes. Cost of this package is $Aus 9,000.

Keynote Speaker

Diggers & Dealers endeavors to bring highly respected and relevant experts who are well positioned to provide insightful commentary to delegates on the global economic outlook. Notwithstanding the current slow economic activity in the Australian resources sector and volatility in commodity prices, the Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum to be held in Kalgoorlie 1-3 August 2016 remains committed to maintaining the highest standards associated with the event and is pleased once again to announce a highly credentialed and respected economic expert as the key note presenter for the conference.

John Lipsky

Diggers and Dealers is delighted to announce that John Lipsky, former First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund has accepted an invitation to present the key note address at the 2016 Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum. In addition to being one of the more influential economic leaders internationally during his role at the IMF, Mr. Lipsky also has held senior positions in major private financial sector institutions.

A world-renowned economist, John Lipsky’s work in both the private and public sectors earned him the respect and regard of many leaders around the world. His service at the International Monetary Fund coincided with the most challenging era for the international economy in the past 70 years. As the IMF’s first Deputy Managing Director – the organization’s No. 2 Leadership Role, which he held from 2006-2011 – as well as his service as Acting Managing Director May-July 2011, Lipsky was a dedicated and effective leader who sought more effective international cooperation during a period of historic upheaval for the global economy.

Lipsky’s sudden accession as the IMF’s Acting Managing Director came at a time of particular stress for European economies, institutions and financial markets. He led the IMF delegation at the 37th G8 summit held in May 2011 in Deauville, France, that also focused on forging a new partnership with Middle Eastern and North African countries following the Arab Spring. Representing the IMF at critical meetings of Eurozone Finance Ministers, Lipsky pushed hard for stronger action to halt the downward spiral, to restart growth and to implement important reforms. His strong stance and steadfast leadership during this period was noted widely at the time in publications like The Economist.

Before coming to the Fund, Mr. Lipsky was Vice Chairman of the JPMorgan Investment Bank. In this position, he advised the firm’s principal market risk takers, published independent research on the principal forces shaping global financial markets, was actively engaged with JPMorgan’s key clients, and represented the firm around the world with senior public and financial sector decision makers. Previously, Mr. Lipsky served as JPMorgan’s Chief Economist, and as Chase Manhattan Bank’s Chief Economist and Director of Research. He served as Chief Economist of Salomon Brothers, Inc. from 1992 until 1997. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Lipsky was based in London, where he directed Salomon Brothers’ European Economic and Market Analysis Group during a time of fundamental and historic shifts in Europe. Mr. Lipsky joined Salomon Brothers in 1984, working closely with Henry Kaufman when Salomon was a powerful and pioneering presence in rapidly growing global financial markets.

While still at JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Lipsky chaired a Financial Sector Review Group, established by former IMF Managing Director Horst Köhler, to provide the Fund with an independent perspective on the Fund’s work on international capital markets.

Mr. Lipsky is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Institute of John Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). SAIS is one of the world’s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. Mr. Lipsky’s other professional activities include serving as a non-executive director of HSBC HOLDINGS, PLC, and as Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Program on the World Economy. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Board of Directors, and on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). Mr. Lipsky is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Lipsky received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Previous Speakers

  • Nouriel Roubini
  • Niall Ferguson
  • Austan Goolsbee
  • Rodrigo De Rato
  • Mervyn King Lord King of Lothbury
  • Gene Sperling
  • John Lipsky

WesTrac Gala Dinner

The event to toast the industry and present the G. J. Stokes Memorial, Digger, Dealer, Media and Best Emerging Company Awards to the outstanding players in the industry. An evening of fine fare and world class entertainment proudly sponsored by WesTrac. Doors open at 6:30pm sharp. Dress is jacket and tie.

Forum Awards

Forum Awards 1992 - 1996

In 1992, when attendance was around 250 delegates, Geoffrey Stokes began the Diggers & Dealers in its current format. The awards at the time recognised the outstanding players in the industry as they do now. Several of the winners of these awards remain active in the resources industry today. The awards were presented at the various gala dinner venues; the Kalgoorlie Town Hall and Cruickshank Oval.



G.J. Stokes Memorial Award

  1. 1997 Sir Arvi Parbo AC
  2. 1998 Dr Ian Burston AO
  3. 1999 Sir Charles Court AK KCMG OBE
  4. 2000 Dr Roy Woodall AO
  5. 2001 -
  6. 2002 David J. Reed AO
  7. 2003 Trevor Sykes
  8. 2004 Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall AO CMG
  9. 2005 Peter Newton
  10. 2006 Graeme Smith, George Botica, Barry Patterson and Ron Harken
  11. 2007 Pierre Lassonde
  12. 2008 Owen Hegarty
  13. 2009 Nick Giorgetta
  14. 2010 David Moore
  15. 2011 George Jones
  16. 2012 Geoff Loudon
  17. 2013 Andrew Forrest
  18. 2014 Jim Walker
  19. 2015 Mark Cutifani
  20. 2016 Christopher Bonwick

Digger Award

  1. 1997 Joseph Gutnick
  2. 1998 Acacia Resources Ltd
  3. 1999 Placer Dome Inc. / Delta Gold NL
  4. 2000 Jubilee Mines NL
  5. 2001 Goldfields Limited
  6. 2002 Portman Limited
  7. 2003 Woodside Petroleum Ltd
  8. 2004 Consolidated Minerals Limited
  9. 2005 Jubilee Mines NL
  10. 2006 Oxiana Limited
  11. 2007 Zinifex Limited
  12. 2008 Western Areas NL
  13. 2009 Atlas Iron Limited
  14. 2010 Newmont Asia Pacific
  15. 2011 Independence Group NL
  16. 2012 Sandfire Resources NL
  17. 2013 Sirius Resources NL
  18. 2014 Tropicana Joint Venture - AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd and Independence Group NL
  19. 2015 OceanaGold Corporation
  20. 2016 Fortescue Metals Group Ltd

Dealer Award

  1. 1997 Robbin Widdup of Lion Selection Group
  2. 1998 Andrew Forrest of Anaconda Nickel Limited
  3. 1999 Nigel Forrester of Mt Burgess Gold Mining Company NL
  4. 2000 AngloGold Limited
  5. 2001 Mincor Resources NL
  6. 2002 Robert J Champion de Crespigny AC
  7. 2003 Placer Dome Inc.
  8. 2004 Peter Johnston of Minara Resources Limited
  9. 2005 BHP Billiton Plc
  10. 2006 Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd
  11. 2007 Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
  12. 2008 Kerry Harmanis
  13. 2009 Ken Talbot
  14. 2010 Gindalbie Metals Limited
  15. 2011 Ivanhoe Mines Ltd
  16. 2012 Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd
  17. 2013 Iron Ore Holdings Ltd
  18. 2014 Northern Star Resources Limited
  19. 2015 Tony Poli
  20. 2016 Evolution Mining

Media Award

  1. 2003 Barry Fitzgerald of The Age
  2. 2004 John Phaceas of The West Australian
  3. 2005 Tim Treadgold
  4. 2006 Ian Howarth of The Australian Financial Review
  5. 2007 Jim Regan of Reuters
  6. 2008 Michael Vaughan of The Australian Financial Review
  7. 2009 Ross Louthean of Western Media
  8. 2010 Rebecca Le May of AAP
  9. 2011 Peter Klinger of The West Australian
  10. 2012 Matt Chambers of The Australian
  11. 2013 Luke Forrestal of The Australian Financial Review
  12. 2014 Nick Evans of The West Australian
  13. 2015 Kristie Batten of MiningNews
  14. 2016 Paul Garvey, The Australian

Best Emerging Company

  1. 2008 Territory Resources Ltd.
  2. 2009 Minemakers Limited
  3. 2010 Royal Resources Limited
  4. 2011 Gold Road Resources Ltd
  5. 2012 ABM Resources NL
  6. 2013 Sheffield Resources Limited
  7. 2014 Aurelia Metals Ltd
  8. 2015 Hot Chili Limited
  9. 2016 Pantoro Limited

Awards 1992 – 1996

Producer above 100,000 ounces, less than 150,000 ounces

  1. 1992 Coolgardie Gold NL
  2. 1993 Samantha Gold NL
  3. 1994 Herald Resources NL
  4. 1995 Yilgarn Star
  5. 1996 Plutonic Resources & North Limited - Peak Hill Operation

Industry Contribution

  1. 1992 Ron Manners
  2. 1993 Ian Burston
  3. 1994 Graeme Smith
  4. 1995 AMEC
  5. 1996 Peter Lalor

Outstanding Producer above 150,000 ounces

  1. 1992 Samantha Gold NL
  2. 1993 KCGM
  3. 1994 Plutonic Resources Ltd
  4. 1995 Plutonic Resources Ltd
  5. 1996 North Flinders Mines


  1. 1992 Eltin Limited
  2. 1993 Glindemann & Kitching
  3. 1994 Ausdrill Limited
  4. 1995 Ausdrill Limited
  5. 1996 Ausdrill Limited

Junior Explorer

  1. 1993 Mt Burgess Gold Mine
  2. 1994 Melita Mining NL
  3. 1995 Archaean Gold NL
  4. 1996 Glengarry Resources NL / Tanami Gold NL


  1. 1993 Great Central Mines NL
  2. 1994 Samantha Gold NL
  3. 1995 Great Central Mines
  4. 1996 Battle Mountain Gold - PosGold

Technical Services

  1. 1992 Analabs & Goldfields Instrument
  2. 1993 Australian Assay Laboratories
  3. 1994 Australian Assay Laboratories
  4. 1995 DOME for the Tengraph System
  5. 1996 World Geoscience

Community Contribution

  1. 1993 Kalgoorlie College Council
  2. 1994 Coolgardie Gold NL
  3. 1995 Peter Hawkins
  4. 1996 Les Calcraft, Greening the Goldfields

Outstanding Achievement

  1. 1992 Delta Gold NL & North Broken Hill Peko Ltd
  2. 1993 Eltin Limited
  3. 1994 Western Mining Corporation Limited
  4. 1995 Eagle Mining

Service Deal of the Year

  1. 1992 Jones Partners deal on the Boulder Block Hotel with Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Pty Ltd

Company Promotion

  1. 1992 Cove Mining NL
  2. 1993 Croesus Mining NL
  3. 1994 Croesus Mining NL
  4. 1995 Lynas Gold NL
  5. 1996 Hargraves Resources NL

Diversified Producer

  1. 1992 The Amalg Syndicate
  2. 1993 Western Mining Corporation
  3. 1994 Gwalia Consolidated Limited


  1. 1993 Phil Crabb
  2. 1994 Kalfuel
  3. 1995 Mt Edon Gold Mines

Company of the Year

  1. 1995 Plutonic Resources Ltd

Corporate Development

  1. 1996 Normandy Mining Limited

Forum Services

Site Visits

Should you be interested in visiting a particular project whilst in the region, please contact the relevant company directly.

Bus Transport

Buses will be at the airport to collect delegates arriving on Sunday 6 August and Monday 7 August. These buses will run for the duration of the Forum between the Forum venue, socials and all accommodation venues.

Dress Standard

Smart Casual.

Forum Venue

Goldfields Arts Centre, Cheetham Street, Kalgoorlie.

IT Room

An IT Room is located in the Goldfields Arts Centre, equipped with computer terminals and broadband access points for your laptop. Wireless access is available from the marquee. IT staff are on hand to provide technical advice and assistance.


For a hotel listing please visit Listing.

An alternate to hotel and motel style accommodation  is private homes for short term lease ie minimum of four nights for the forum period.

For assistance contact Kelly Harris of Kalgoorlie Homes who coordinates private homes,

E: kelly1972harris@hotmail.com

M: 0411 622 321


Registered delegates may collect their name badges and delegate information packs from the Registration Desk located in the sponsors marquee at the Goldfields Arts Centre please follow the signs. Registration will relocate from the centre of the marquee to the main entrance from Morning Tea on Monday and will be open for the duration of the event for name changes, late arrivals and enquiries.

Registration times are:
Sunday 6 August, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday 7 August, 7:30am onwards


Both Virgin and Qantas service the region. Qantas adds extra flights and capacity direct to Kalgoorlie to cater for the event. Check with those airlines or your travel agent for details of the flights for the week of the conference.



All Seasons Plaza Kalgoorlie

  • Address: 45 Egan Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 9080 5900

Amy's Restaurant

  • Address: 1 MacDonald Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 9021 1749

Bei Jing Chinese Restaurant

  • Address: 268 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 9022 9766

Best Western Hospitality Inn Kalgoorlie

  • Address: 560 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 9021 2888

Paddy’s Eat and Drink

  • Address: 135 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 9021 2833

The Balcony

  • Address: The Palace Hotel, 1367 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 9021 2788

The Carriage Room Restaurant

  • Address: Aslett Drive, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 08 9026 2626

The Waterhole - Kalgoorlie Golf Course

  • Address: 51 Forrest Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 08 9088 0000

Charlottes Bar & Grill - Tower Hotel

  • Address: Cnr Bourke & Maritana Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 08 9021 3211

Judds - Kalgoorlie Hotel

  • Address: 319 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 08 9021 3046

Main Reef Tavern

  • Address: 32 Dwyer Street, Boulder (Map)
  • Phone: 08 9093 1132

Montys Restaurant

  • Address: 80 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 08 9022 8288

Restaurant 259 - York Hotel

  • Address: 259 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 08 9021 2337

Top End Thai

  • Address: 71-73 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 08 9021 4286

Danny's Italian Steak & Seafood Restaurant

  • Address: 14 Wilson Street, Kalgoorlie (Map)
  • Phone: 08 9022 7614

Programme 2016


Monday 1st August

Session Chairman

Joe Matthews CIBC Capital Markets - Sydney

Keynote Address

John Lipsky - former deputy CEO, International Monetary Fund
Download Presentation

Morning Tea

Sponsors Marquee


Sponsors Marquee

Session Chairman

James Hyde CIBC Capital Markets - Sydney

Afternoon Tea

Sponsors Marquee

Tuesday 2nd August

Session Chairman

Joe Matthews CIBC Capital Markets - Sydney

Morning Tea

Sponsors Marquee


Sponsors Marquee

Session Chairman

Matthew Dugaro CIBC Capital Markets - Vancouver

Afternoon Tea

Sponsors Marquee

Wednesday 3rd August

Session Chairman

Oliver Ward CIBC Capital Markets – London

Morning Tea

Sponsors Marquee


Sponsors Marquee

Session Chairman

Oliver Ward CIBC Capital Markets – London

Afternoon Tea

Sponsors Marquee

Closing Comments

Nick Giorgetta, Forum Chairman

Exhibitors 2016

Forum Sponsors

Contact Us


Email: admin@diggersndealers.com.au

Telephone: +61 8 9481 6440



Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum

PO Box 979, West Perth WA 6872

Level 2, 28 Ord Street, West Perth WA 6005


Email: suzanne@diggersndealers.com.au

Telephone: +61 8 9481 6440


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