Hon Sean L'Estrange MEdL GradDipResMan GradDipMan MLA

Hon Sean L'Estrange MEdL GradDipResMan GradDipMan MLA

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Finance; Small Business

    Rehabilitation begins on legacy Goldfields mine site

    27/05/2016 6:00 AM
     
    • Rehabilitation plans released for former Pro-Force site
    • Stage 1 includes detailed site assessment to identify safety and environmental concerns 

    Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange today released proposed rehabilitation plans for the State's second abandoned mine pilot project located near Coolgardie.

     

    Mr L'Estrange said an information sheet about the former Pro-Force gold processing site outlined three stages of the project which would be carried out under the Abandoned Mine Lands Program using the Mining Rehabilitation Fund.

     

    "The objective of the work is to improve community safety risks associated with the site which is adjacent to the Gorge, a public area water reserve located two kilometres east of the town," he said.

     

    "For some time, concerns have been raised by the community about antisocial behaviour and illegal dumping at this derelict plant, as well as the safety aspects of an unsealed vertical shaft and the five-metre deep excavated trench adjacent to the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway."

     

    Stage 1 of the work will include a detailed site assessment to identify the degree of the safety and environmental concerns.

     

    During this stage, in collaboration with the Shire of Coolgardie, local people will have the opportunity to contribute to the proposed plans and longer-term solutions through a consultation process.

     

    Stage 2 involves making this site safe and is expected to be completed by December 2016.

     

    "This is a positive start to removing what has been a long-term blight on the entrance to the town of Coolgardie.  It is a real win-win for the community, the Shire of Coolgardie and the State Government," the Minister said.

     

    Western Australia's award-winning Mining Rehabilitation Fund is a pooled fund contributed to by industry which provides a dedicated funding source to undertake rehabilitation works on abandoned mine sites to address associated safety and environmental concerns.

     

    Fact File

    • The Pro-Force information sheet is available on the Department of Mines and Petroleum's website
    • The first abandoned mine project was Black Diamond in Collie 

    Minister's office - 6552 6900

     

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