Min­is­ter wel­comes new mine in NW Queens­land

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY - Min­is­ter for Re­sources and Northern Aus­tralia Se­na­tor Matt Cana­van

I WEL­COME the re-open­ing of the Cen­tury Mine in north­west Queens­land as an his­toric event.

This project rep­re­sents a $50-mil­lion in­vest­ment and 250 jobs for the re­gion, and also sees ben­e­fits flow to the indige­nous own­ers.

I am pas­sion­ate about the min­ing in­dus­try and this project demon­strates why: it brings in­come and jobs to re­gional ar­eas and im­proves the state and na­tional economies as well.

The over­all op­er­a­tion in­cludes the mine site, a 300km slurry pipe­line to the coast and fa­cil­i­ties at the port of Karumba.

I un­der­stand the re­main­ing min­eral as­sets in­clude over 2.2 mil­lion tonnes of zinc metal equiv­a­lent re­sources lo­cated within min­er­alised tail­ings, and over 1 mil­lion tonnes of zinc and lead re­sources in the Sil­ver King, South Block and East Fault Block base metal de­posits.

Also, Cen­tury hosts sev­eral sub­stan­tial phos­phate de­posits which are yet to be de­vel­oped.

Restart­ing of op­er­a­tions and longterm on­go­ing in­fra­struc­ture us­age also elim­i­nates the need for in­fra­struc­ture dis­man­tling and fi­nal clo­sure ac­tiv­i­ties un­til po­ten­tially well af­ter 2050.

This is an his­toric event of real sig­nif­i­cance to north­west­ern Queens­land and I value the op­por­tu­nity to in­spect the site and dis­cuss their fu­ture plans with ex­ec­u­tives of New Cen­tury Re­sources.

PHOTO: LEIGHTON SMITH

TALK­ING MINES: Se­na­tor Matt Cana­van.

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