WSA announces: New Chairman



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    WEST PERTH, Western Australia, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The Board of Western Areas
wishes to notify shareholders that Mr David Cooper has stepped down from his
position as Chairman and will continue his duties as a non executive director.
Mr Terry Streeter has been appointed as Chairman of the Company effective from
today.
    Mr Cooper has been Chairman since August 2006 and has made a major
contribution to the success of Western Areas. He continues to provide
significant input into the Company's many activities and is a highly valued
member of the Board.
    The Board is pleased to announce that Mr Streeter has accepted the
position as Chairman of Western Areas. Mr Streeter has been a major supporter
of the Company since it was incorporated in December 1999 and listed on the
ASX in July 2000.
    As many people are aware, Mr Streeter contributes a large amount of time
and energy into the activities of the Company. I am sure that shareholders
will join the Board in welcoming him to this new role during an exciting stage
of growth with expansion of the Flying Fox mine underway and the potential for
development of new mines at Forrestania.

    Julian Hanna
    Managing Director and CEO





For further information:

For further information: Julian Hanna, Managing Director - Western Areas
NL, Telephone +61 8 9486 7855, Email: jhanna@westernareas.com.au; Craig
Oliver, Finance Director - Western Areas NL, Telephone +61 8 9486 7855, Email:
coliver@westernareas.com.au; Ann Nahajski, Investor Relations - Porter
Novelli, Telephone +61 8 9386 1233, Email: anahajski@wa.porternovelli.com.au;
Or visit: www.westernareas.com.au

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