REVEALED: Next step in plan to resurrect Gympie gold mine
GOLD mining could soon be Gympie’s calling card once more, with the council about to explore the first step in trying to bring the old Goldfields mine back to life.
International resource company Aurum Pacific’s director Scott Dodd said the company had made several overtures for support from the council since 2017, but had received little assistance.
Mayor Glen Hartwig, who was critical of how communication between Aurum and the council had unfolded, said the intention was for the question of support will be put to councillors by no later than September’s general meeting.
“We will have a motion come to council requesting the State Government lift the URA (Urban Restricted Areas policy),” Mr Hartwig said.
If that passes, the next step would be to “work with the relevant state departments to try to facilitate that”.
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With the ball in the State’s court, the question would then be how palatable the topic of mining would be, given the concerns and possible impact the controversial Adani coal mine had at the Federal election.
Mr Hartwig hoped any proposal for Gympie’s mine would be taken at face value.
“I believe they will do what they feel is in their best interests,” he said.
“I think there’s a big difference between gold and coal.
“Anyone who uses a mobile phone, anyone who wears any jewellery requires gold and you’ve got to compare apples with apples.
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“Coal is probably on the nose from a social perspective, but is gold? Certainly not.
“That mine has been in operation for around 150 years; there have been no enviornmental issues that have resulted from it and it’s a very different kettle of fish compared to coal.
“If it gets off the ground it will mean high paying, consistent work for probably the next 20 years.
“As someone that has benefited from a job in that mine it was a great place to work, a wonderful atmosphere and I still have friends from when I worked there.”