The company vying to develop a new gold mine in Victoria are inviting residents from the small town of Stawell to an open day in order to discuss the project.
Crocodile Gold Corp are holding an information day on Saturday the 12th of April and say key project team members and specialists will be on hand to answer questions about the project itself and its Environment Effects Statement.
The Big Hill project area is located adjacent to the Stawell Gold Mine's operation in the township of Stawell, located 250 kilometres northwest of Melbourne.
Big Hill is a four to five year project including the rehabilitation program and is expected to create 80 to 100 jobs and produce 2.3 million tonnes of ore.
General Manager Troy Cole urged anyone who supported the project or with questions to attend the information day to receive the facts from the qualified project team.
“The EES has been on public display for over a week now, answering some questions and perhaps raising others,” Cole said.
“We will do our best to answer all lingering questions at the information day. Questions might be about the short or long-term impacts of the Project, the open-cut mining process, what’s going to happen to Big Hill when mining ceases, the environment or health.
“Our team can help resolve any questions or clear up any misinformation, so the information day is the place to come,” he said.
Cole said it was important for people to have their queries answered now as submissions regarding the EES needed to be with the Victorian government by Tuesday May 13 2014.
“We encourage all Stawell residents to take the opportunity to examine the EES as it covers a wide variety of subjects that are pertinent to the future of the Big Hill Project and to Stawell itself, “he said.
“SGM and our parent company Crocodile Gold are committed to this project and to the needs of the Stawell community — we believe this project is in the best interests of Stawell and want to see it come to fruition with the support of the Stawell community.
“The best way for that to happen is for people to make submissions on the EES.”
The information day will run from 11am to 2pm at Stawell RSL on Saturday April 12.