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Glitz, glam and honours at ball

It was an eventful night at the WA School of Mines Alumni Ball after the hail storm on Saturday, with Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler made an honorary member of WASM alumni and a $1.5 million trust fund renewed.

The event, held at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club on Saturday night, hosted a record number of attendees with about 450 people.

It was the first time the ball was held in the mining hub, but WASMA president Raleigh Finlayson said he believed there was scope to alternate between Kalgoorlie and Perth from now on.

He said holding it in Kalgoorlie “definitely made the difference in the numbers”.

Mr Finlayson said there were logistical challenges to overcome before the event, as Saturday’s storm had flooded parts of the KBRC but those were quickly overcome and forgotten even quicker once the night kicked off. He said two major announcements were made at the ball.

“Western Mining Corporation relaunched their trust fund, about $1.5 million, which is explicitly for the purpose of WASM in Kalgoorlie and 100 per cent of that goes to Kalgoorlie,” he said.

“Mayor John Bowler was also made an honorary member for everything he has done for WASMA over the years.”

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