Kalgoorlie September 23, 1970 was one of the more memorable days of my life, as that was the day I started my career as a cadet journalist at the Kalgoorlie Miner. The next nine and half years at the miner were some of the happiest and most exciting of my life, during which time I covered a number of events, such as the landing of Skylab and many local events big and small.
One of the jobs that fell to me during my time at the Miner was going and sitting in the Mayor’s office on a regular basis, chasing all the latest Council news stories – who would have predicted then I would be based out of that very office some fifty years later.
The people I worked with at the Miner were some of the great characters of my life, and for many of us we have remained friends ever since. The Kalgoorlie Miner is an institution in the Goldfields and indeed all of Western Australia, and I’m very proud as Mayor that it’s still a daily newspaper with six editions a week.
Of course the Miner has seen its fair share of changes over the years, going from setting the typeface and printing right here in Kalgoorlie, with the linotypes laid out every day by one of the Miner’s longest serving employees, Ken Dwyer, in the iconic Kalgoorlie Miner building, to being printed in Perth and freighted to Kalgoorlie every day. That change happened in 1976, and rather than taking up the offer to relocate to Perth, Ken chose to stay in Kalgoorlie, where he was the telex operator, transmitting the news stories to Perth each day.
Thankfully, though, while many of the other roles involved in the production of a daily paper have either become redundant with changes to technology, or relocated to provide cost efficiencies, the journalists, who are the heart and soul of a paper, are still here in Kalgoorlie-Boulder covering all the stories, big and small.
Over the years, the Kalgoorlie Miner, being the only regional daily in the state, has served as a training ground for many a keen young journalist, helping them hone their skills before moving on to the brighter lights and busier news cycles of the capital cities.
I congratulate the Miner on the past 125 years of committed news coverage, and it gives me great pleasure that the Kalgoorlie Miner continues to thrive, covering important regional stories every day.
And how do I know September 23 was my first day at the Miner? Because it was the day before my 21st