Central West miners leading the way

April 05, 2017


Our Central West metalliferous miners have collaborated to jointly support the upcoming Industry and Suppliers Awards Dinner. CMOC-Northparkes, Evolution-Cowal and Newcrest Cadia Valley Operations are joint gold sponsors of the evening. All three operations enjoy positive working relationships with their local communities and take enormous pride in their contributions to the community and the reputation of mining in the Central West.
Evolution’s Cowal operation recently received regulatory approval to extend the mine life to 2032, receiving 65 positive submissions during the public consultation process, along with strong support from the Bland, Forbes and Lachlan Shires.  This enabled Board approval for a $270 million investment that will increase Cowal’s total production by 1.2 million ounces and secure the life of the operation for at least the next 15 years.  This significant financial investment helps to provide job security for local mine employees and contractors and, importantly, enables Evolution to continue to be an active and value-adding member of the community.  Cowal employs over 400, mostly local, employees and contractors and recently commenced recruitment for an additional 86 positions.
Since 1993, Northparkes has been celebrated for its high-quality copper deposits and low-cost operations. Today it is the world’s most automated underground mine. In 2016, Northparkes reached an all-time underground production record of 6.17 million tonnes, it became Australia’s first White Ribbon accredited mine and was recognised for environmental excellence by peers and industry regulators for a farming approach to dust management. With its vision of ‘A century of mining together’ CMOC-Northparkes is proud to be a miner and a farmer, a good Parkes neighbour and a valued contributor to the Central West.

Cadia Valley Operations is one of Australia’s largest gold mining operations, located approximately 25 kilometres from the city of Orange in central west New South Wales. Cadia comprises three mines including the new Cadia East underground mine, which is one of the largest gold and copper deposits in the world, constructed at a cost of over $2 billion commenced commercial production in January 2013. Cadia East uses the large-scale mining method known as panel caving and production continues 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 12-hour rolling shifts. The Cadia East Project has achieved significant technical milestones as a post-undercut mine in a high stress environment, being one of the deepest block cave operations in the world.  Its production rate is the highest in Australia and through the development of Ridgeway Deeps and Cadia East, Newcrest Mining has developed world class expertise in bulk underground mining techniques. Cadia has won many industry awards and gained a reputation particularly as an industry leader in block caving and stakeholder engagement.

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