- Jaurdi project near Coolgardie expected to produce 25,000 ounces a year
- Mine and processing plant employs 40 Western Australians
- Only 20 months between initial drilling and final approvals
Western Australia's newest gold mine was officially opened today by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.
Beacon Minerals' Jaurdi project, located 35 kilometres north-west of Coolgardie, is slated to process 500,000 tonnes per annum and add about 25,000 ounces to WA's annual gold sales tally.
The project has been quick to progress with initial exploration drilling beginning in January 2017, final project approvals received in September 2018 and the maiden gold bar produced in September 2019.
The mine and processing plant employed 60 workers during construction and will have an operational workforce of 40.
Latest estimates revealed there are gold projects worth $264 million, either committed or under construction, and planned or possible projects are valued at $959 million.
Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:
"I'd like to congratulate all the workers and stakeholders at the Jaurdi project.
"This project has progressed quickly, taking only 20 months between ore discovery and final approvals, demonstrating the strength of Western Australia's world leading approvals processes.
"The McGowan Government through initiatives, such as Streamline WA and Machinery of Government changes, continues to provide improvements to our State's efficient and effective regulatory system.
"The McGowan Government supports mining exploration through the State Government's popular Exploration Incentive Scheme co-funded drilling program, and supplying pre-competitive geological data."
Minister's office - 6552 6700