Remediation begins for abandoned WA mine

Rehabilitation of the closed Black Diamond site in WA has commenced – the first of four to be remediated under the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s Abandoned Mines Program.

The implementation of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund led to the program, the first program to legislate a solution for remediating abandoned mines.

Black Diamond, approximately 5km west of Collie, along with Pro-Force, were declared as abandoned mines on September 9.

DMP executive director environment Phil Gorey said the decision provided funding for a series of necessary rehabilitation works on both sites, adding that the efforts will address safety concerns and environmental risks raised by the community.

Gorey went on to say that a recent community workshop for Pro-Force helped to determine the main rehabilitation priorities for the site.

“We will be carrying out a general site clean-up to remove the scrap material and other debris, which was deemed necessary by the local community to improve the safety and visual amenity on the main entrance into Coolgardie from Kambalda,” he said.

Work on Black Diamond is expected to be complete by October next year.

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