NSW Planning Department Approves Extension to Cowal Gold Mine

25/07/2014 6:09 am

cowal gold mineThe NSW Department of Planning and Environment has granted a five-year extension to the Cowal Gold Mine near West Wyalong, securing ongoing employment for the mine’s 385 staff members.

The extension involves increasing the area and depth of the existing open-cut pit at the mine, while continuing the existing maximum production limit for the next five years.

Department Executive Director Chris Wilson said the extension will allow Barrick Limited to recover an additional 700,000 ounces of gold and provide a significant boost to the regional and state economies.

Mr Wilson said the Department has imposed a number of stringent conditions on the mine to
ensure the local community and environment are adequately protected.