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Mine set to expand

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018

Dredging for mineral sands at the Gingko. PICTURE: Cristal Mining Dredging for mineral sands at the Gingko. PICTURE: Cristal Mining

By Craig Brealey

Mineral sands company, Cristal Mining, has won state government approval to expand its lease at the Gingko mine near Pooncarie.

The mine’s lease covered 1570 hectares, about 40 kilometres west of the river town, and with the approval it will now be extended by 114 hectares, said the company’s technical services manager, Ray Roberts.

“This is the ninth modification to the original area,” Mr Roberts said.

“The extension is further to the south and it is a bit wider.”

In order to win approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Gingko had to set aside more land for environmental purposes.

Although the mine will be extended by 114 hectares, this so-called “vegetation offset” will be 759ha.

Mr Roberts said that the company evaluates the flora that is on the land to be mined and then finds a similar type of country and keeps it in reserve in case the mined area cannot be brought back to its natural state.  

“If the area of disturbance can’t be rehabilitated, there’s a piece of ground held in reserve,” he said.

“Of course, we will rehabilitate it in due course, a few years down the track.”

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