Application for open pit mine near Dunolly gains approval

Fiddlers Creek Mining Company’s project to begin open pit mining near Dunolly received the final tick of approval last month, with works set to begin by the end of the year.

At last month’s ordinary Loddon Shire Council meeting the planning application from Fiddlers Creek Mining in association with GBM Gold and Truelight Mining for open pit mining at the site known as Harvest Home, five kilometres north of Dunolly was unanimously approved.

While council received one objection regarding the proposal based on the potential negative impact the proposal would have on the natural environment and the impact on the Harvest Home Road, Loddon Shire Council director operations Steven Phillips said the application had been endorsed by relative authorities.

“It’s a relatively short project with a lifespan of around six months and while there will be some impact on the road, that will be managed through the conditions on the permit and monitored by council throughout the life of the project,” he said.

“The project has been through all of the checks and balances and council was satisfied to approve the application.”

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