Tasmania will see the development of its first bauxite mine in over 30 years after approving Australian Bauxite Limited’s Bald Hill project in the state’s north.
Minster for Resources Paul Harriss said the new mine was an “exciting project” that would create jobs and economic activity.
The project is expected to create around 45 jobs, with operations expected to begin later this year.
More than 1.6 million tonnes of bauxite is expected to be mined for domestic and international markets from three pits on the site.
The ore will be shipped through Bell Bay.
ABX chief Leon Hawker said the mine will introduce a new bauxite supply to the seaborne market.
“We look forward to continuing and further developing the relationships that have been built in Tasmania. I particularly wish to acknowledge the work undertaken and the support of the Mineral Resources Tasmania, a division of the Department of State Growth and the EPA and recognise the strong community support we enjoy.”