Who We Are
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia is the peak resources sector representative body in Western Australia. We are a member-funded, not-for-profit organisation representing the views and the needs of members.
CME leads policy development on issues impacting the sector, promotes the value of the sector to the community, and provides an avenue through which members and stakeholders collaborate.
In 1895, following the discovery of gold in Coolgardie, local leaseholders and representatives of the area’s gold mining companies formed the Coolgardie Chamber of Mines and Commerce to protect and advance their interests. The Kalgoorlie Chamber of Mines was inaugurated the following year, with a Perth Chamber of Mines established in 1897, consisting principally of attorneys and legal managers of gold mining companies. The Perth chapter soon folded as it was considered too far removed from the industry’s geographic centre.
Over the next few years, a great deal of legislation was passed and it became necessary for mining companies to unite on a larger scale. In 1900, the Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie Chambers were amalgamated to provide a consolidated voice for the flourishing gold mining industry. The Chamber of Mines of Western Australia was born.
At the first general meeting of the new Chamber on 11 March 1901, Richard Hamilton was unanimously elected as the inaugural President, a position he held until his death in 1943. This meeting was attended by 37 members, who voted upon the Chamber’s structure and Constitution. The Chamber’s Executive Council discussed a range of matters including opposition to the granting of a sluicing and dredging area as recommended by the Warden, methods of mine timbering, and a recommendation the Government supply immediately at least 250 additional rolling stock for conveyance of fuel and fresh water supplies to the mines.
The Chamber has grown with the sector, particularly through the boom times of the 1960s when key minerals such as iron ore, bauxite and nickel came online. As the sector expanded into oil, petroleum and natural gas, so too did the Chamber, leading to its formal renaming as the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia.
Since its formation in 1901, CME has continued to give members a unified voice, ensuring the priorities of the resources sector are well understood and its role as a driver of the Western Australian and national economy continues into the future.
Today, CME’s member companies generate 95 per cent of all mineral and energy production and employ 80 per cent of the sector workforce in the State.
CME’s head office is in Perth, with regional offices in Kalgoorlie and Bunbury and a regional officer for the Pilbara region. To find out more about our key policy issues, visit the Policy & Advocacy section of our website.