Unusual mine just touches
Land should remain unscathed by project
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.”