Worth its weight Story P3
Mt Perry is set to grow with new houses for gold mine workers.
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.
THAT'S GOLD: Councillor John Bowen with Evolution Mining's Mark Boon on site in Mt Perry.