Mine could ben­e­fit re­gion

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Tari Jef­fers

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.”

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