St Ives

Located near Lake Lefroy in the prolific gold-producing Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia, our St Ives mine is around 80 kilometres south of Kalgoorlie and 630 kilometres east of Perth. Acquired from WMC Resources in 2001, this mine produces over 450,000 ounces per annum making it one of the leading gold producers in Australia.

The mine is located on the Norseman-Wiluna Greenstone Belt, which forms part of the Yilgarn Craton in Western Australia. It is a highly mineralised granite-greenstone terrain with world class deposits of gold and nickel.

St Ives has produced in excess of 10.5 million ounces of gold, with the first major gold mining commencing in the mid-1980s. The continued exploration success and drilling of the mine’s extensive greenfields project pipeline has consistently led to further discoveries and new mines. 

Featuring both underground and surface mining, SAG Mill and CIP technology, the site supports over 1,000 staff and contractors.

St Ives Gold Mine operates mainly on a residential basis, with employees either living in Kambalda or in Kalgoorlie.

Invincible Open Pit Discovery

One of the most significant discoveries in the history of St Ives and possibly in the history of the Western Australian goldfields is the discovery of an impressive high grade deposit that is being mined as an Open Pit and now an Underground mine. Due to the size of the deposit, it was named Invincible.

Located 8km from the Lefroy Mill, the lode thickness varies from less than 1 metre to over 20 metres in the thicker portions of the orebody and has been defined for nearly 2km in strike length, 350m wide and 160m deep.

It is an exciting discovery and Open Pit mining commenced in January 2015. In November 2017 the Invincible Underground commenced, and the below video captures the Drake portal being blasted with the Mining Team's Go-Pro. The portal went off with a 'bang', as did the teams Go-Pro, which was launched and recovered from the middle of the open pit the next day.

 

Typical Rosters

The site offers a number of different rosters depending on your department. For example, 5 days on, 5 nights on, 5 days off for Operational employees or 9 days on 5 days off or 8 days on 6 days off, or even 5 days on 2 days off for a variety of Professional and Operational Support employees.