A & # 39; mini gold rush & # 39; It could be imminent for a mining town in the interior that is at a disadvantage.
In the days since huge gold pips worth $ 15 million were found in the mining town of Kambalda, some 630 kilometers east of Perth, locals have begun to speculate that the discovery could revitalize the city.
Exploration companies with land near the mine where the gold was found say they have already been overwhelmed by calls from potential prospectors.
The gold was found during a day of "usual activity" & # 39; at work by miner Henry Dole over the weekend.
A small mining town on the verge of collapse could be on the road to recovery after gold pips worth 15 million dollars were discovered (in the image) in a local mine
The Beta Hunt mine in Kimbalda, WA (pictured) could be the site of a mini-gold rush & # 39;
The discovery of $ 15 million at the Beta Hunt mine was exactly what the united community of Kambalda needed.
Hundreds of job losses over the past four years have seen residents see the future of the city with "pessimism," a local real estate agent told ABC.
Cheryl Davis, who has lived in Kambalda for more than 25 years, said the discovery had raised the morale of the city.
"Everyone talks about how good it is for our city and that our city is not going to die." We are looking up. "
Kalgoorlie-based gold buyer Angus Line said the global publicity generated could unleash a "gold rush". in the whole area.
"It creates a lot of emotion for the prospector of the new era," he said.
"Finding something like this creates a lot of optimism – people have the belief that they can go out and make a small fortune."
A local exploration company says they have been inundated with calls after the discovery
Lefroy Exploration says they have found hundreds of gold nuggets in the last five years in their land package just 10 km from the Beta Hunt mine.
"It's the amount and size of the find in Beta Hunt that has thrilled everyone and now the question is, how can we find someone else?" Wade Johnson, CEO of Lefroy Exploration, said.
The discovery has also paralyzed Canadian owners of the Beta Hunt mine to reconsider an original plan to sell it.
Kimbalda was involved in "fatality" after the closure of three mines in four years
The future of the city seemed to be in doubt, with four major nickel mines closing within three years.
The jobs were decimated, to the point where the only medical clinic and the bank branch of the city had to close.
But the discovery of gold hoped to give new life to the community, according to Mr. Line.