Bauxite resource found at Brovinia
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.