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Departmental Media Release

Broken Hill North Mine recommencement to bring jobs and economic growth to the region

  • Date: 29.12.2017
  • Type: Departmental Media Release
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment

The North Mine Recommencement Project is set deliver 140 new jobs to Broken Hill after being approved by the Department of Planning and Environment.

 

The project will access deeper deposits of lead, zinc and silver at North Mine, which was last actively mined in 2008.

 

Clay Preshaw, Director of Resource Assessments, said the State Significant Development proposal was assessed under NSW Government policies and the local community was consulted on the plans.

 

“Mining at Broken Hill has occurred since the 1880’s, and over the last century mining revenues from Broken Hill have significantly contributed to Australia’s development,” Mr Preshaw said.

 

“It continues to play a significant role in supporting local and regional economies today.”

 

The project is expected to generate up to $5.8 million per year of royalties to the State of NSW over a period of up to 25 years.

 

The Department worked closely with the Environment Protection Authority to ensure that Perilya prepared robust air quality and human health impact assessments.

 

“Perilya was asked to revise aspects of its project design and to implement stringent air quality mitigation and management measures,” Mr Preshaw said.

 

“This has resulted in beneficial outcomes for the community as the revised project is not predicted to cause any exceedances of the air quality criteria or increase blood lead levels.”

 

Perilya will also need to upgrade the intersections along the haulage route and maintain historic mining structures with significant heritage value on the site.

 

The Department received nine submissions from public authorities and another nine from the general public, most of which were in support.

 

The North Mine Recommencement Project is set deliver 140 new jobs to Broken Hill after being approved by the Department of Planning and Environment.

 

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