Silver mine in Cobar wants to hire locals

The company planning to reopen a silver mine in Cobar has called for people in the local area to apply for jobs at the site.

Southern Cross Goldfields bought the Wonawinta Silver project, 80 kilometres south of Cobar, from Cobar Consolidated in September.

The company renamed it to the Manuka project, and is aiming to start mining at the site in December before starting production in January.

Managing director David Sproule said the mine would try to hire locals.

"We'll be drawing on a radius of about 300 kilometres around the project site," Sproule said.

"Which includes towns such as Cobar, Nyngan, Narromine, Griffith, Condobolin, Parkes, and so on.

"So we're looking mainly for people in that area as it's a drive in drive out arrangement."

The company has previously said it will initially focus on easily winnable, low cost ounces available for processing including some 350,000 tonnes of stockpiled ore.

It said it had spent $2 million on a plant upgrade at the site, including the installation of a larger ball mill from Kalgoorlie to resolve grinding and recovery issues.

The project has a 60 million ounce silver mineral resource and a 9 million ounce silver ore reserve.

Around 80 people were previously employed at the mine. 

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