Ravensthorpe gold mine EPA assessment open for public comment

Submissions open for gold mine proposal

Submissions to the WA Environmental Protection Authority are currently open for a gold mine in the Shire of Ravensthorpe.

The mine is expected to create more than 100 jobs.

ACH Minerals has proposed to develop the Kundip Mine Site about 17 km south-east of Ravensthorpe.

The mine proposal involves developing and operating a gold and copper mine including open cut and underground mining, processing facilities, waste rock landforms, a tailings storage facility and other infrastructure.

It will have an eight-year mine life and the area that will be disturbed is 244.7 hectares, including 197.8 hectares of native vegetation.

Consultation opened at the start of this month and closes October 29.

EPA chairman Dr Tom Hatton decided the site should be assessed and it is currently under a Public Environmental Review.

Dr Hatton found environmental factors associated with the proposal were complex and how the environmental issues could be managed needed to be examined.

Potential significant effects included the clearing of about 225 ha of native vegetation that was currently in largely excellent condition.

The EPA also found the proposal could have potential impacts to 'Threatened and Priority' animals such as the Carnaby's Black Cockatoo, Chuditch, Mallefowl and the Heath Mouse.

The project is also being assessed to consider drainage, dewatering activities and the mine's eventual closure.

Other factors the EPA will consider include the impacts on social surrounds and air quality.

To make a submission click here.