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Rasp to shape city's future: local leaders

Wednesday, 2nd February, 2011

The Rasp mine could be the tool that shapes the city's immediate future, according to civic leaders.

Mayor Wincen Cuy said the reopening of the mine would be "absolutely fabulous" for the city.

"It's a shot in the arm that the community obviously needs" Mayor Cuy said.

"We can go into another phase of mining in Broken Hill.

"Rasp Mine is a go-er!"

He said that while the mine was a great thing "we don't want to go back to the bad old days" but he said it was good to see that conditions had been set to allay concerns that came up in the approval process.

Local State MP John Williams said despite the time it took, the official go-ahead was worth the wait.

"I've been involved for quite some time in getting approval for this project," Mr Williams said.

"Behind the scenes it hasn't been easy," he said. "It's been a long haul."

"It's all go and I'm delighted to hear the news.

"Two hundred and fifty people will be employed through the project's construction and operation, and an estimated additional 350 jobs will be supported through various support services for the mine and other economic flow-on effects."

Mr Williams said the NSW Government had imposed 56 strict conditions on the approval.

"The company must implement stringent dust management controls and establish a comprehensive air quality monitoring network.

"Other conditions relate to the health of people, in particular blood-lead levels."

The Barrier Industrial Council's president Danny O'Connor was also happy with the news.

"From the BIC point of view, anything that's going to produce more jobs is a great thing," Mr O'Connor said.

"All the businesses around town can benefit by people having jobs and money. said.

"It's got to be great, doesn't it?"

Mr O'Connor said he was looking forward to seeing the positive effects for years to come.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union's Greg Braes described it as: "The best news we've had in a long while."

He said the union had been waiting "a long while" for the approval to come.

But despite the promise of local jobs, Mr Braes said he wasn't "100 per cent certain about how many experienced miners are sitting waiting for work" in the city.

Business Broken Hill's John Groenendijk said whether or not all the jobs went to locals, the city would feel the benefits.

"Fingers crossed, jobs will be for local employment," Mr Groenendijk said.

"Even if we do end up with a number of jobs for people from away it means new people in town spending money."

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