Silver developer Cobar Consolidated Resources Ltd says it has received state government approval to develop what it believes is Australia’s first pure silver and lead mine.
The mine is 80km south of the NSW far western town from which Cobar takes its name.
Cobar says it will now apply for a mining lease and approval of a mine operations plan for the Wonawinta silver project, after the Western Region Joint Regional Planning Panel approved the development on Tuesday.
The Wonawinta project has a projected mine life of between seven to 12 years with plans to commence production in December with shallow open-cut mining.
Australia’s largest silver resource
The mine is Australia’s largest undeveloped silver resource and silver prices are at 31-year highs.
The mine has an inferred resource of 51 million ounces of silver.
Cobar says it plans to produce 2.5 million ounces of silver per annum, which are to be used to produce dore (silver bars).
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
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Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
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