Mine ap­proval could bring jobs for re­gion

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

THERE could be a jobs boon for the re­gion in com­ing months, with More­ton Re­sources Lim­ited granted a min­ing lease to be­gin work on the Gran­ite Belt Project.

MRV Met­als Pty Ltd, a fully owned sub­sidiary of the ASX-listed More­ton Re­sources Lim­ited, yes­ter­day an­nounced it had se­cured the lease to de­velop a min­ing precinct that would look to ad­vance sil­ver, cop­per, zinc and gold met­als in a lo­ca­tion just out­side Texas.

MRV Met­als man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ja­son Elks said op­er­a­tions were sched­uled to be in full flight by

Jan­uary.

The for­mer failed Al­cy­one Re­sources busi­ness had pre­vi­ously mined the Twin Hills site but aban­doned es­tab­lished in­fra­struc­ture and stock­piles of ore that are yet to be pro­cessed.

Mr Elks said it was a sig­nif­i­cant ad­vance­ment to move into op­er­a­tions af­ter three years of hard work.

“All of our test work and tri­als to date in­di­cate th­ese as­sets are highly prospec­tive and the up­side we feel is sig­nif­i­cant,” he said.

“One of the most re­ward­ing po­si­tions this grant has put us in is the abil­ity to seek to em­ploy a raft of lo­cal and re­gional staff,” Mr Elks said.

“MRV Met­als will be seek­ing to hire lo­cal and utilise lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices wher­ever pos­si­ble.

“More than 60% of our cur­rent staffing have all been re­cruited from the lo­cal area.

“This will con­tinue to be our trend.”

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