A green light for upgrade
A MINE near Monto has been given the go-ahead for road upgrades that will help pave the way towards reopening.
Melior Resources, owners of the Goondicum ilmenite mine, were given approval by the Bundaberg Regional Council on Tuesday to upgrade roads that would allow them easy access to the Bruce Hwy.
Transport costs influenced the mine’s closure in June last year.
“Upgrading roads is expensive, but they must have done their homework because transport cost is a big killer for mining operations,” Bundaberg Regional Councillor Tony Ricciardi said.
Without upgrades to these roads, the mine would have limited access to the Bruce Hwy on its eastern side and trucks would continue to, as they historically had, use Monto and Biloela along with the Gladstone Port as an export point.
Forecasts show there could be 50 full-time and 30 contract staff positions available, once it opens.
The road upgrade will also bring jobs for subcontractors and suppliers.
“The two big winners (from the agreement yesterday) are the Bundaberg and North Burnett regional councils, and the mine,” Cr Ricciardi said. North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh said the development would provide opportunities for skilled workers in our region.