December 1999

Company Incorporated

July 2000

IPO and admission to the Australian Stock Exchange.  $5 million raised at an issue price of 20 cents per share.

September 2002

First drill hole at Forrestania intersects  “what appears to be a new zone of high grade massive nickel sulphide. Preliminary assay results from the intersection in hole NMD 095 are 1.7m @ 4.1% nickel from 299.6m downhole depth.”

October 2002

Second drill hole confirms similar results

November 2002

Expanded drilling program commences – drilling at Forrestania now largely operated on a permanent basis up until the current day

September 2003

First intersections at Flying Fox deposit

February 2004

First Flying Fox Resource - Indicated Mineral Resource of 176,000 tonnes @ 6.4% nickel containing approximately 11,300 tonnes nickel for the T1 zone (NOTE: Historical resource stated for reference  purposes only, NOT current resource – the T1 zone has since been mined out.  Refer to current resources)

June 2004

Future sales contract for nickel from Forrestania signed with LionOre

June 2004

Initial Ore Reserve for Flying Fox

July 2004

Notice of Intent to develop the Flying Fox deposit lodged with the WA Mines Department

December 2004

Mine development at Flying Fox commences

January 2006

Construction of a nickel sulphide processing plant (Cosmic Boy) approved

October 2006

First ore from Flying Fox, after completion of decline.  Production continuous to current day

June 2007

Convertible Bond launched – A$225 million

October 2007

Initial discovery of Spotted Quoll deposit

February 2009

Cosmic Boy Concentrator begins production

March 2009

Offtake restructure, long term arrangement formed with BHP-B

July 2009

First short term off take agreement with Jinchuan signed

October 2009

First open pit mine development at Spotted Quoll – only two years since discovery

February 2010

First dividend payment declared

March 2010

Convertible bond Launched - $125 million

April 2010

First ore production from Spotted Quoll

May 2010

Cosmic Boy concentrate treatment plant upgrade completed

October 2010

Convertible Bond exchange offer – $110 million of previous $225 million bonds exchanged for later dated maturity

December 2010

Spotted Quoll underground mine approved

November 2011

Second short term off take signed with Jinchuan, after tender process

November 2011

First ore from Spotted Quoll underground

January 2012

New Managing Director, Dan Lougher, appointed after retirement of inaugural MD Julian Hanna.

March 2012

Kagara Nickel assets, including Lounge Lizard, acquired

July 2012

$105.5 million of outstanding convertible bonds retired for cash

July 2012

New high grade nickel sulphide discovery at Sunrise


October 2012
 

Top honours at WA Industry & Export Awards
 

December 2012

Equity raising successfully completed


January 2013
 

Company changes from NL to Ltd
 

January 2013
 

New high grade nickel discovery at New Morning
 

January 2013
 

New two year offtake agreement with Jinchuan
 

February 2013
 

Strategic alliance with Jinchuan executed
 

March 2013
 

$125M Bank facility finalised
 

July 2013
 

Further high grade intersections at New Morning
 

November 2013
 

London AIM listing for Finland exploration assets
 

February 2014
 

Successful Completion of Western Areas Raising
 

July 2014
 

Retires $95 million Convertible Bond
 

August 2014
 

Flying Fox Resource and Reserve Upgrade
 

October 2014

Western Areas Enters Gawler Craton Exploration Agreements

June 2015

Western Areas to Acquire the Cosmos Nickel Complex

July 2015

Western Areas Now Debt Free
July 2015

Western Areas approved Mill Recovery Enhancement Project

October 2015

Western Areas completes the acquisition of the Cosmos Nickel Complex

January 2016

Exploration commens at Cosmos

Novermber 2016

New offtake contract with Tsingshan

November 2016

New offtake contract with BHP Billiton Nickel West

January 2017

Natalia Streltsova joins the Board

February 2017

Kidman acquires Lithium rights from Western Areas tenements

March 2017

Odysseus Pre-Feasibility Study completed

April 2017

Mill Recovery Enhancement Project construction begins

June 2017

Successful completion of Bluejay (formally FinnAust) share sale