Tradie By Jason Duop / 4 March 2015 Are you wanting to hit gold by going to Western Australian mines to work? Don’t be so hasty in choosing agencies advises Whangarei tradesman. Sonny Shelford secured work in Western Australian mines through a recruitment company and is advising Northlanders to avoid going to such agencies.Shelford was recruited by former Kaitaia man Douglas Foster, a director of Reciprocus Pty in Myaree, to fill large numbers of vacancies for skilled tradesmen in the Western Australian mining, oil and gas industries.Since jumping the ditch, Shelford has changed jobs four times. He is currently working at Karara Mining north of Perth. He told The Northern Advocate,“Go past the middle men and do your own ground work. It’s better to be physically present here than going to a recruitment company at home and leaving your CV. They’ve [recruitment companies] been very picky in terms of the class of licence people should obtain before going over but people put their lives in their [recruitment companies’] hands thinking they are smarter in this game.”Even though the mining boom has slowed, Shelford is still enthusiastic that it will pick up again.