Mine could benefit region
A mineral sands mine providing 50 ongoing jobs could be established 50km south of Nannup if the application and feasibility processes are successful.
Melbourne-based company Strategic Energy Resources Ltd has lodged a mining lease application for the Jangardup South mineral sands deposit.
The application covers about 500ha and is located 3km south of the Jangardup deposit, which was mined from 1994-2003.
Strategic Energy Resources chief executive director Stuart Rechner said the application was lodged in August.
“SER is currently reviewing and modernising the historic data, much of which is more than 20 years old,” Mr Rechner said.
“Should the application be granted, SER will undertake further work to better understand the deposit.”
The mine could employ 100 people during construction and offer 50 jobs once operational, based on 2010 South West Development Commission data.
Mr Rechner said at this early stage he could not comment on job numbers.
“SER looks forward to working with the community on the project to maximise the local benefits that flow from it,” he said.
“SER is grateful for the support of the Nannup community and encouraged by the strong local skill base.”
Mr Rechner said the business was also committed to protecting the environment.
“Any development of the project will be subject to a rigorous environmental permitting and compliance process,” he said.
Nannup shire president Tony Dean said based on past precedents, a new mine located at Jangardup South would be a boon to Nannup.
“It will be a vital boost to the Shire of Nannup,” he said.
“Not just Nannup though, but Manjimup and other surrounding shires as the workforce wouldn’t come just from town.”