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More mining jobs

Tuesday, 17th June, 2014

By Erica Visser

 Cristal Mining has won NSW Government approval for a $200 million mine, south-east of the city, that is expected to employ hundreds of people.

The company has been working since 2010 to gain approval for its Atlas-Campaspe project, situated 270 kilometres from Broken Hill and 80km north of Balranald.

The mine has a potential 20-year lifespan and contains more than 6.5 million tonnes of mineral sands, some of which will be sent by train from Ivanhoe to Broken Hill’s processing plant.

Up to 300 jobs would be created during construction, the company said.

The mine would then employ around 200 workers and is expected to pump more than $95 million into the surrounding regions.

Cristal’s Regional Development Manager, Ray Roberts, yesterday told the BDT that the company would look to employ people living in the district, including Broken Hill and Ivanhoe. 

Mr Roberts said that government approval was an important step for Cristal, after four years of preparation.

“The process has been fairly long and extensive. The assessment and consultative period began in September 2010,” he said.

“The company is very excited and we are very grateful and welcome the government approval of the proposed mine after that long process.”

However, the development still needed approval from the federal government.

“We believe federal approval should occur in the next six to eight weeks,” Mr Roberts said.

“We then have a lot of conditions we have to comply with; that will take at least six months.

“After that, it is really up to the company to assess the cash flow position and market conditions.”

The project is expected to replace operations at the company’s Ginkgo and Snapper mines, 220 kilometres from Broken Hill.

“There may be an opportunity for some workers at Ginkgo and Snapper operations to work at the new development...as those mines wind down and these wind up,” Mr Roberts said.

The company, formerly known as BeMax, also hopes to begin operations at its Crayfish development, near the Ginkgo mine, by 2016. 

Cristal Mining Director, Dominic Manganaro, said that the approval for Atlas-Campaspe would allow the company to contribute to the local region for “many years to come”.

“We are appreciative of the support shown by the NSW Government, the Department of Planning and Environment and the local shire councils in advancing this project. 

“This decision means we can plan with confidence and continue to contribute to the economic prosperity of the region for many years to come.”

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