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Resurrection of the North

Friday, 5th October, 2018

Some of the members of the Community Consultative Committee at the Cosmopolitan pit on the North Mine. PICTURE: Perilya Some of the members of the Community Consultative Committee at the Cosmopolitan pit on the North Mine. PICTURE: Perilya

By Craig Brealey

The reopening of the North Mine next month will be a tremendous development for the city and Perilya deserved every credit, according to a Broken Hill-born former school principal.

Chris Dougherty retired as the long-serving head of the Morgan Street School four years ago but he has not stopped working for his home town.

Mr Dougherty is a member of Foundation Broken Hill, which supports all endeavours to create jobs in the city, and now he is one of eight locals who put their hands up to be the conduits between the public and Perilya. 

The Community Consultative Committee was appointed by NSW Department of Planning and Environment and has met three times since it was established in May for the North mine project.

“There are 40 workers in there now and they’re in the process of building a decline from the old open cut,” Mr Dougherty told the BDT yesterday.

“The very exciting thing about it is that Perilya has had the foresight of looking to the future of the town.”

The North Mine, which is scheduled to open in mid to late November, could last until 2035.

“When I joined the committee I asked if there was any chance of getting underground so they took me down the old North Mine,” said Mr Dougherty. “It was fantastic.”

“I’m also the vice chairman of Foundation Broken Hill and this links to what the Foundation is doing, and that is looking to the future of the town when the miners leave, which will happen eventually.

“What Perilya is doing is extending that life as long as possible.”

Mr Dougherty said fellow members of the Consultative Committee, including the former CEO of Southern Cross Care, Allan Carter, and city councillor Christine Adams, felt the same about how much the mine meant to Broken Hill.

The committee has an independent chairperson, Margaret Harvie, who said she shared their enthusiasm.

“Members of the committee are excited about the direct and indirect economic opportunities that the mine might provide through providing over 200 jobs,” Ms Harvie said.

“Broken Hill has contributed so much to the nation over the years and it is great to see that mining will continue in the Silver City,” she said.

“The committee has been impressed by the openness of Perilya in sharing information about the plans for the mine and about the company’s journey to gain required environmental approvals.”

Perilya is making all information provided to the committee, along with the notes of all meetings, publicly available on its website at http://www.perilya.com.au/health--safety--environment/community/bhnmccc . 

Members of the Community Consultative Committee are also open to being contacted directly or via the chairperson margaret@plancom.com.au

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