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Planets align for the city

Saturday, 3rd December, 2011

PROCESSING FUTURE: Looking across the horizon between the old North Mine in the distance and the new CBH processing plant under construction. PROCESSING FUTURE: Looking across the horizon between the old North Mine in the distance and the new CBH processing plant under construction.

 By John Casey - BDT Managing Editor

If the people of Broken Hill are looking for a boost as we head toward 2012 then it comes in the form of what is advancing atop our world famous line of lode.

The feverish activity being undertaken by CBH Resources may be largely hidden from public view, but its benefits are resonating loudly and building excitement for all those involved.

BDT reporter Paula Doran was this week given exclusive access to the historic mine site, which is about to again burst into action after lying dormant for the past few years.

As her special report on Pages 12 and 13 reveals, in the last year alone employment levels at the Rasp Mine have mushroomed from just seven to around 200.

It is part of the economic rebuilding of BH which was reflected this week in a generally positive report card on development for the region.

Based on major mining projects like the Rasp project, Perilya’s Potosi development and Uranium One’s Honeymoon site, the signs are encouraging.

The report says unemployment rates are improving, demand for housing recorded strong growth and tourism is on the rebound.

With Rasp, CBH has no less than seven major projects in development as the earth that helped create global giant BHP begins a new era of mining glory for this proud city.

The believers who had faith in ‘the broken hill’ and the residual wealth it cradled might rightly suggest that “Resilience” should be the heading for this new chapter in Australian mining.

Estimates suggest near 200 jobs with a minimum 15-year tenure can be created at Rasp in this latest bonanza.

No wonder Chief Operating Officer Visko Sulicich and Mine Manager Brendan Barker are so excited. It is news that should put a smile on the face of every resident of the city.

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