A green light for up­grade

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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