WA Premier tells miners to 'do more'


A "rich vein" of hostility towards the mining industry that was on show during the WA election campaign shows the sector needs to do more to improve public support, Premier Mark McGowan says.

Mr McGowan told the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy annual general meeting in Perth on Thursday he'd like to see the resources industry offer more apprenticeships, and make greater use of local workers and products, but stopped short of mandating quotas.

"I'd like to see some benefits outside of just straight mining," Mr McGowan told reporters on the sidelines of the event.

"During the last election campaign, there was a rich vein of hostility that was mined by (former WA Nationals leader) Brendon Grylls and I think the mining industry itself has learnt that they need to do more."

Mr Grylls lost his Pilbara seat after campaigning hard to charge BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto more for extracting iron ore in the state, but he tapped into an anti-mining sentiment among many people, Mr McGowan said.

"The mining industry needs to be very aware of that and make sure they avoid the problems occurring again," he said.