Perilya to open new mine at Broken Hill

Perilya is set to start production later this month at its Potosi silver, lead, and zinc mine near Broken Hill.

ABC News reports Perilya's general manager of Broken Hill operations, David Hume, said most of the jobs on the mine would be filled by locals, but a fly-in fly-out model might be needed for specialist roles.

“It's quite possible that in the beginning of this transition phase we may not be able to find all of the skilled employees that we need immediately and if that's the case we'll look at some more flexible working arrangements,” he said.

Hume said he also hoped to put on one or two trainees, as well as recruit some workers from the company's contractor Redpath.

Perilya said it was aiming to start trial production at Potosi by the end of this month and it would gradually ramp up to reach full production by the end of the year.

Yesterday the company announced a $28 million net profit for the 12 months to December, a 29 per cent drop on the performance it posted a year earlier.

Last month gold junior KalNorth Gold Mines also opened a new mine, with production starting at its Lindsay gold mine near Kalgoorlie.

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