Super pit expansion approved

Western Australia's acting environment minister John Day has approved the expansion of Kalgoorlie's Super Pit gold mine.

Western Australia’s acting environment minister John Day has approved the expansion of Kalgoorlie’s Super Pit gold mine.

The expansion was approved after a new set of rigorous environmental conditions were agreed to by the proponents of the mine, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM).

“These conditions require KCGM to address noise, waste disposal and vibrant issues, as well as heritage and cultural values,” Day said.

“The proponents are also required to submit a rehabilitation and closure management plan to the Department of Environment and Conservation before April 2010.”

The conditions being imposed are in addition to provisions suggested by the previous WA Labor Government in 2008.

According to Day, the new conditions strengthen and improve what had previously been proposed.

“The former conditions did not adequately address Aboriginal heritage values, but this Government understands the importance of this issue and has strengthened conditions by requiring the implementation of an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan,” he said.

The expansion approval will extend the mine’s life by up to 10 years, helping State and Federal economies while being environmentally responsible, Day said.

“While this expansion is expected to provide significant benefits for the Western Australian economy, such as securing jobs for more than 1000 people, these new conditions ensure this will not be at the expense of the environment and local community,” he said.

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