Regis progresses McPhillamys gold development

Regis Resources has submitted the development application and environmental impact statement for the McPhillamys gold project to the New South Wales department of planning and industry (DPI).

The project is expected to average 350 workers during the construction phase and 260 direct jobs over the 10-year operational life.

Regis chief executive officer Jim Beyer said the submissions were sent following a long period of investigations, technical studies and consultation with local residents and stakeholders in the Kings Plains and Blayney communities.

“This marks another significant milestone in the McPhillamys assessment process,” he said.

“If approved, McPhilamys will provide a major boost to the local economy through many training, job and business opportunities with significant benefits being shared across the community.”

The development application and environmental statement will be reviewed by the NSW DPI before going on public exhibition.

Beyer emphasised that consultation with neighbours, local landowners and other stakeholders will continue throughout the assessment process, including more community open days.

The open days are expected to be held around the middle of the six-week environmental impact statement period.

“Once the government advises us of the timing for the exhibition period, we will lock in dates for open days with project staff and independent technical advisers who prepared the studies for the environmental impact statement,” Beyer said.

“This will give neighbours and other interested parties another opportunity to provide feedback and ask detailed questions about the statement and the project.”

The company has previously reported that, if developed, the project would produce between 150,000 and 200,000 ounces a year.

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