Un­usual mine just touches

Land should re­main un­scathed by project

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

MOST of the time, a mine is just another word for a great big hole in the ground.

But with the av­er­age dig­ging depth be­tween just 0.5m and 5m, the Goondicum il­menite mine is a far cry from the stereo­type.

“It is a form of open-cut min­ing, but be­cause the min­eral is at the sur­face, it is very be­nign,” Goondicum Re­sources chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark McCauley said.

Only about 10% of the prod­uct scooped up and de­liv­ered to the pro­duc­tion plant will be used, the re­main­der will be re­jected and end up back in the tail­ings dam.

“Once the tail­ings dam dries out, which is an­tic­i­pated to take about five to six years, we will re-seed it and plant trees,” Mr McCauley said.

“You’ll never know a mine was ever here.”

Dur­ing the 10-year life­span the team has

Mark McCauley It is a form of open-cut min­ing, but be­cause the min­eral is at the sur­face, it is very be­nign.

pre­dicted, about 350ha of land will be turned over.

“This land has all been cleared be­fore for farm­ing,” Mr McCauley said.

“Once we are fin­ished, we will get a roller and smooth it all.

“Then we will seed and tree it again.”

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