Cortona Resources, a West Australian company, has plans to mine gold from their Dargues Reef Project in the Majors Creek region east of Canberra.
The project has gained NSW and Federal Goverment environmental approvals and Cortona Resources managing director Peter van der Borgh says they will be looking to engage locals for services and direct employment.
The mine will have a six year life with the creation of 100 jobs during construction and 80 during it`s operation and is expected to produce 50,000 ounces of gold a year.
Huge boost to employment and service provision
“There’s revenues to the state, there’s revenues to the council, there’s revenues to the Federal Government both direct and indirect, plus also there’s service provisions required,” he said.
Palerang Shire Mayor Walter Raynolds agrees that it will be a huge boost to employment in the town and district.
Despite some concerns from local landholders, Mr van der Borgh says the company has been upfront with the community throughout the approval process.
“We made everyone aware of what we were doing from very early on in the piece and for everyone who wanted to hear it the information was there,” he said.
Mine construction beginning in 2012
“Our community consultation has been sensational. We provided the Planning Assessment Commission with 270 pages of community consultation, all fully documented, all logged, all there for everyone to see, every question we’ve been asked directly.”
The Dargues Reef Gold Project will comprise an underground gold mine (decline), a run-of-mine (ROM) Pad, temporary waste rock emplacement, crushing facility, gold processing plant, tailings storage facility and associated infrastructure. Construction of the mine is expected to start early in 2012.
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