Sandstone WA is waiting
By Doug Stone
Sandstone is situated about 750km north east of Perth and can be accessed by bitumen from either Mt Magnet to the west or Leinster in the east. Sandstone is almost slap bang in the middle of the two mining centres. If you are a little more adventurous there are the gravel road alternatives from Paynes Find off the Great Northern Highway or cut off at Menzies on the Goldfields Highway out of Kalgoorlie.
Ten years ago, Troy Mining NL, was actively mining its main open cut ‘Belchina’ close to the old Nunngarra settlement 20km south west of Sandstone and their pits, mullock heaps and mothballed processing plant remain today.
Troy Mining were able to extend the life of their Sandstone mining operation by constructing a network of haul roads to smaller satellite pits within a radius of 30km, including Hancocks, the Lord Nelson and Lord Henry mine sites off the Menzies road. During this time Sandstone flourished, as the miners’ camp was located in town and the buzz of aircraft was commonplace. The beer was also more expensive.