Worth its weight Story P3

Mt Perry is set to grow with new houses for gold mine work­ers.

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - ❏ Bran­don Livesay What do you think about the prospects the Mt Perry gold mine brings to the town? We want to hear from you, email bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au.

MT PERRY is set to grow this year with new houses for gold mine work­ers.

The town gold mine al­ready pro­vides em­ploy­ment for more than 40% of the small pop­u­la­tion.

Now Evo­lu­tion Min­ing will ap­ply to North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil to build four new houses, with ad­di­tional plans to build a to­tal of 10 houses by the end of the year.

The com­pany al­ready owns nine houses and four units in Mt Perry, a town of 480 peo­ple.

Gen­eral man­ager Mark Boon said new hous­eswould, hopefully, at­tract more­work­ers to the town.

“We need to at­tract engi­neers and ge­ol­o­gists to work here. The aim is res­i­den­tial so peo­ple can bring their fam­i­lies,” he said. “Hous­ing is very lim­ited in Mt Perry. “We want to have houses that suit our work­ers.”

Evo­lu­tion Min­ing’s Mt Raw­don project is the largest em­ployer in the North Bur­nett with around 300work­ers and MrBoon es­ti­mates 70% of his work­force cur­rently re­sides in Mt Perry.

He said the town would ben­e­fit from more res­i­dents.

“Most peo­ple in Mt Perry get some sort of in­come from the mine and, if not, the busi­nesses they work for do,” he said.

“We have a strong opin­ion of try­ing to be sup­port­ive of the com­mu­nity.

“We sup­port all the events in Mt Perry and there is al­ways some­thing hap­pen­ing here.”

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s 2012 an­nual report, last year Mt Raw­don pro­duced 95,403 ounces of gold, priced at $684 an ounce.

Evo­lu­tion Min­ing ac­quired the mine in 2011, and “we are look­ing at an eight-year mine life”, Mr Boon said.

“We’re ac­tively do­ing ex­plo­ration to ex­tend that,” he said.

Mt Perry busi­ness owner Keith McKay said he had been im­pressed by the com­pany’s con­tri­bu­tion to the area.

“They’ve been great for Mt Perry. They have done a lot of work for the town,” Mr McKay said. “They are very civic minded.” An in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be held on Jan­uary 31 at the Mt Perry com­mu­nity hall. There will also be tours of the mine leav­ing the com­mu­nity hall from Jan­uary 31–Fe­bru­ary 2 for fam­i­lies of work­ers, stake­hold­ers and Mt Perry res­i­dents. For more de­tails, phone 4156 2222.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

THAT'S GOLD: Coun­cil­lor John Bowen with Evo­lu­tion Min­ing's Mark Boon on site in Mt Perry.

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