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 2016: 1 to 3 August, Kalgoorlie Western Australia


Select your required delegate registration from below or express interest in exhibiting or presenting.

Full Delegate

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

Ltd Delegate

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

Monday Delegate

A pass for Monday, 1 August, includes attendance to the presentations, sponsors marquee, and the Cocktail Party.

Tuesday Delegate

A pass for Tuesday, 2 August, includes attendance to the presentations, sponsors marquee, and the Traditional Bash.

Wednesday Delegate

A pass for Wednesday, 3 August, includes attendance to the presentations and sponsors marquee, EXCLUDES the WesTrac Gala Dinner.

Presenter Interest 2016

please note only listed mining companies will be considered for presentation slots. By completing this form you will receive the application form for 2016 which will be sent in January 2016. The offers for successful applicants will be sent in March 2016 and from there on until the programme is filled.

Exhibitor Interest 2016

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 7,500.

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.

Gene Sperling

The Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum is delighted to confirm that it is continuing to ensure that it presents the premium resources investment programme in Australia by again securing a key note speaker who has been in an influential role in international economic policy and who has a unique understanding of global economic conditions and outlook.

Gene Sperling served as Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy from January 2011 until March 2014. Upon his appointment as Director of the National Economic Council, he became the first person to have served two Presidents in that role, having been appointed by President Bill Clinton to the same role from 1997 to 2001.

In the Obama Administration, Sperling played a key role representing the White House in budget negotiations with Congress as well as in designing several of the President’s economic initiatives. He also served as the White House point person on several of the President’s top policy priorities.

Sperling was also senior fellow for Economic Policy at the Centre for American Progress.

Prior to serving as director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, Sperling served as counsellor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that role, he served as a lead policy advisor on fiscal, budget, tax, job creation and small business issues.

In January 2015 Mr Sperling was appointed an economic advisor to Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), one of the largest global investment management firms that at the end of December 2014 had approximately US$1.68 trillion of assets under management which is slightly larger than that total Australian stock market that is valued at approximately A$1.6 trillion and the Australian superannuation market which is valued at A$1.4 trillion.

Gene Sperling is widely considered one of the best at merging economic policy with a strategy for getting things done.  The New York Times called him “a prolific idea generator” for both presidents. As NEC director, he coordinated economic policy and chaired policy meetings with the economic cabinet. Under President Obama, he served as the key negotiator in the debt limit and fiscal negotiations and as his point man in the White House on issues from skills, to financial housing reform, to manufacturing, patent reform, higher education policy and tax reform. Under President Clinton, he played key roles in the 1993 Deficit Reduction Act, the 1997 Bipartisan Balanced Budget Act, the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, New Markets Tax Credit and the China/WTO negotiation.

He also served as a senior counsellor and right-hand man to former Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, from 2009 to 2011 as the U.S. and the global community navigated one of the worst financial crises since the Great Depression.

The United States economy is widely regarded as having managed the recent economic turmoil effectively and has emerged as one of the strongest economies and is expected to drive international economic growth in the next phase of global economic activity. Gene Sperling will have a unique perspective on the international economic outlook having sat alongside decision makers who have influenced the major economic activities in recent times.

Gene Sperling has also acted as a consultant on the widely respected television series “The West Wing”.

Diggers and Dealers Chairman, Nick Giorgetta commented that Diggers and Dealers has developed a reputation of bringing internationally respected speakers to headline the conference and Gene Sperling is a worthy addition to the previous speakers and during the current uncertain economic conditions that the world is experiencing, Mr Sperling will be a well-regarded presentation at Diggers and Dealers.

Diggers and Dealers presented at the 23rd annual mining conference in Kalgoorlie 3-5 August 2015.

Previous Speakers

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

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.

Forum Awards


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

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

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

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

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

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

Goldrush Tours buses will be at the airport to collect delegates arriving on Sunday 31 July and Monday 1 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 31 July, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday 1 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 2015


Monday 3rd August

Keynote Address

Gene Sperling

Morning Tea

Sponsors Marquee


Sponsors Marquee

Afternoon Tea

Sponsors Marquee

Tuesday 4th August

Morning Tea

Sponsors Marquee


Sponsors Marquee

Afternoon Tea

Sponsors Marquee

Wednesday 5th August

Morning Tea

Sponsors Marquee


Sponsors Marquee

Afternoon Tea


Exhibitors 2015

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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