Panning for Gold at Breakfast

 

Mount Morgan was once a prosperous mining town, home to one of the largest gold mines in the world. But fortunes haven’t been so good since the mine closed in 1992 with the population dwindling to just over 2000 people, down from over 15,000.

 

While the town is home to a large amount of heritage listed buildings and has a rich history, many residents commute to nearby Rockhampton for employment.

 

However, this may be all about to change with the reopening of the mine by Carbine Resources Ltd set for 2018. In preparation for the project, Carbine will be hosting a special presentation at Breakfast at the Lagoon at Carinity Shalom on May 6.

 

Carbine’s Project Specialist Russell Dann said 90 percent of the capital construction would stay within the region.

 

“There is no provision for FIFO once in production. There will be opportunities for locals who have appropriate skills and there will be training opportunities once the project commences.”

 

The legacy of the mine has left its mark on the environment with the open-cut pit having acid mineral drainage and seepage caused by the pyrite left in the tailings and waste dumps, which affects the water of the nearby Dee River. The Queensland Government has managed the environmental impacts of the site since the mine closed.

 

“The process of recovering and removing pyrite from the site will reduce the acid mine drainage that degrades the river,” He said.

     

Since the closure of the mine, historical tours of the area have become the major drawcard with some of the original nineteenth-century buildings still existing on the mine site. 

 

“We recognise the unique history of the Mount Morgan mine and town and will continue to support access for tours.  We will also support mine site heritage conservation under advice from heritage experts and other stakeholders.”

 

Russell Dann will be speaking about the details of the project at Carinity Shalom’s Breakfast at the Lagoon on May 6. Tickets are just $7 and include a cooked breakfast. Call 07 4923 9500 or email graham.harvey@carinity.org.au to book.

 

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