Baux­ite re­source found at Brovinia

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Sue Har­ris

A 3.5 MIL­LION tonne baux­ite re­source was re­vealed at Brovinia, 25km south of Mun­dub­bera, this week.

A drilling team from Aus­tralian Baux­ite Lim­ited (ABx) worked out the size of the de­posit and the com­pany said it was now con­sid­er­ing the pur­chase of the Toon­doon min­ing lease ML80126 and start­ing the process, which will al­low them to mine.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ian Levy said the dis­cov­ery of “a good baux­ite de­posit on the granted long-term min­ing lease was one of the fi­nal jig­saw pieces in es­tab­lish­ing the first mod­ern baux­ite bu- si­ness in Aus­tralia since the 1960s”.

“Pro­duc­tion from this min­ing lease may com­mence early and kick-start the large Bin­jour Project sev­eral years ear­lier than we pre­vi­ously thought,” Mr Levy said.

The dis­cov­ery comes at a favourable time when the world is se­ri­ously short of that type of gibb­site baux­ite, he said.

ABx’s report con­cluded by point­ing out the favourable con­di­tions in the North Bur­nett for this project – power, water, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and trans­port in­fra­struc­ture, well-ser­viced nearby towns, an area un­af­fected by Queens­land’s strate­gic crop­ping land maps, prox­im­ity to Bund­aberg and Glad­stone ex­port ports and the un­likely oc­ca­sion it would be af­fected by so­cio-en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns.

The baux­ite layer, 1-7m thick, to­talling five mil­lion tonnes, was dis­cov­ered be­neath a shal­low layer of soil and over­bur­den red clay.

Test drilling re­vealed a con­sis­tent and con­tin­u­ous de­posit.

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