A proposed $95 million dollar mine in the New South Wales central west region has sparked concern, with residents holding public meetings to discuss the issue.
The Tomingley mine, located between Parkes and Dubbo would create 150 jobs during the construction phase and employ 85 full-time staff once operations begin early next year.
The local paper said this would mean local jobs, as well as some for people from Peak Hill and Parkes, for the mine’s expected life of eight years.
At a public meeting held by the miner, Alkane Resources, plans were outlined for the open cut mine located south of the village.
Ian Chambers, Alkane’s managing director, said residents have raised three issues and they will be offset with a variety of mitigation measures.
“Generally people were positive about it, but you will always get concerns,” he said.
“It’s the unknown I mean, isn’t it?”
“Any kind of development like this is the unknown and really I could have told you in advance what the key concerns will be and they were, I guess in order, noise, dust and light and those are the three key things you get with any mining operation.”
To protect the community, containment walls will be built around the gold mine and Chalmers is confident people will not be adversely affected.
"After about six months we’ll cut down the amount of noise coming out of the site quite dramatically and we actually show, we compare the noise of the operation would generate with the noise that the highway currently generates and I think we demonstrated in real terms the noise of the highway, given it’s a semi-continuous noise is probably, will have a greater impact than the operation will have.”
Alkane would build an underpass under the Newell highway, to access two deposits on one side of the highway and one on the other.
Currently, Alkane estimates it has found as much as 849,000 ounces of gold in total.