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"Jake, if you secure this asset you will be the Steven Bradbury of gold mining"

The head of Australia’s second biggest gold producer gave his now customary reality check on the local gold sector at this week’s Diggers & Dealers mining forum in Western Australia. In fact, it wasn’t confined to the place he often refers to “God’s gift to miners”. Jake Klein, executive chairman of Evolution Mining (ASX: EVN), said Australian companies like his had a great opportunity to demonstrate – given the cash and kudos they’d accumulated in recent times – sustained high investment returns going forward.

"Jake, if you secure this asset you will be the Steven Bradbury of gold mining" "Jake, if you secure this asset you will be the Steven Bradbury of gold mining" "Jake, if you secure this asset you will be the Steven Bradbury of gold mining" "Jake, if you secure this asset you will be the Steven Bradbury of gold mining" "Jake, if you secure this asset you will be the Steven Bradbury of gold mining"

Jake Klein at this week's Diggers & Dealers forum in Australia. Image: www.nzresources.com

“The divestment of approximately one quarter of Australia's gold production by international mining companies as they deleveraged their balance sheets during the last five years has undoubtedly been a