Dargues Gold Mine Community Grant Recipients – May 2020

Dargues Gold Mine Community Grant Recipients – May 2020

We are pleased to announce the latest recipients of funding from our Community Grants Program, as follows:

–           Braidwood Girl Guides

–           Gundillion Hall

–           Braidwood & District Historical Society

Dargues Gold Mine General Manager Shannon Green said, “Each year we support various initiatives in health, economic development, education, culture and youth which contribute to the growth of our local community.

“Congratulations to the successful applicants and thank you to everyone who took the time to apply for the program. As usual, it was a difficult task for the committee to select the successful funding recipients due to the number of high-quality initiatives.”

Funding for H2 2020 opens on Tuesday 1 September. To apply, please visit our website.

Dargues Gold Mine is committed to managing the prevention of COVID-19 in the workplace

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we at Dargues Gold Mine remain committed to following the advice of health professionals to ensure the health and safety of our people, contractors, the community and other external stakeholders.

Where possible, we have implemented precautionary and preventative measures within our workplace These measures include, but are not limited to:

• Screening of temperatures for all workers as well as a passive Health Screen Questionnaire on entry to site;

• Actively encouraging employees who are experiencing flu like symptoms to stay home;

• Ensuring employees or contractors who need to self-isolate in accordance with Government guidance do so;

• Reiterating the importance of respiratory and hand hygiene in the workplace;

• Increasing cleaning services onsite;

• Cancelling all non-critical domestic business travel; and

• Restricting site access to only essential personnel.

In addition to this, all non-operational employees who can work from home are being instructed to do so to avoid unnecessary human to human contact.

From an operational perspective, we are continuing to work through various scenarios to ensure we are able to minimise the impact to our daily operation.

COVID-19 is a global situation that is moving fast. We are and will continue to do everything we can to prevent the spread in our local community. We will continue to closely monitor all information and directives from local health professionals as well as the state and federal government. We will continue to update our plans and controls based on this advice and the evolving situation.

Dargues Gold Mine – Discharge of Sediment Laden Water

This afternoon, during a routine inspection, the Dargues Gold Mine became aware of sediment laden water originating from a pipeline being used to transfer water from the Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) to the underground mine. The cause of the event is under investigation. 

Immediate action has been taken to contain the discharge and determine the extent of any impacts on the environment. This includes:

  • The pipeline was isolated and the pump shut off.
  • Sediment and erosion control inspections of the discharge site were completed.
  • Water sampling is being completed to assess the extent of any impact.The EPA and other regulatory agencies have been notified.

The area from which the discharged water originated contains only disturbed soils. There are no chemicals, hydrocarbons or other pollutants contained within this area.
 
We will continue to keep you updated as further information comes to hand. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 1800 732 002.

Dargues Gold Mine – EPA concludes investigation into discharge of sediment laden water

27 FEBRUARY 2020 BY CHASE DINGLE On 17 September 2019, Dargues Gold Mine self-reported to the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (the EPA) a small discharge of sediment laden water through an earth containment bund which resulted in a sediment discharge to Spring Creek and into Majors Creek. The EPA has concluded its investigation into the matter and has issued Dargues Gold Mine with a $15,000 Penalty Infringement Notice.

Dargues Gold Mine’s General Manager Shannon Green said that “while the event was regrettable, he was pleased with the professional response provided by staff onsite during and following the incident.

The company expresses genuine contrition and remorse in relation to the incident and regrets any concerns that it may have caused within our community. The company is a good corporate citizen and committed to upholding a high environmental standard. The company provided a proactive response to the incident, including prompt notification to the EPA and other stakeholders and cooperated with the EPA both during the incident and during the investigation”.

The EPA’s investigation noted that Dargues Gold Mine has been meeting a high standard of waterway protection and that it immediately identified and implemented measures to prevent a recurrence of the incident. The EPA further noted that significant resources have been dedicated to the design and operational procedures to manage stormwater at the premises as well as to audit pollution controls.

The Dargues Gold Mine have learnt from this experience and implemented a range of improvement measures that are above and beyond those approved by an independent expert. These additional measures were successful in managing surface water run-off during a significant rainfall event between 6 – 11 February 2020, when the site received over 150mm of rainfall.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Dargues Gold Mine Community Information Line (1800 732 002) if you would like further information.

MEDIA STATEMENT: HENTY GOLD MINE, 18 FEBRUARY 2020

MEDIA STATEMENT

18th February 2020

The body of Cameron Goss successfully recovered at Henty Gold Mine

The recovery operation at Henty Gold Mine made significant progress over the past few days and has concluded with the successful retrieval of Cameron Goss this morning at 3:00am.

PYBAR CEO, Brendan Rouse expressed relief after the recovery and praised all involved for their hard work.

“On behalf of all at PYBAR, I express my deepest sympathies to Cameron’s family and gratitude to all on site for their efforts in this recovery.”

“This has been a very complex operation and the recovery and site teams have experienced intense physical and mental strain over the past weeks. It is an incredibly sad time for all people at the mine and in the community.”

PYBAR continues to offer counselling and support to those affected by the incident.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Anthony Mackaiser, Brand One

0402 090 914

amackaiser@brand-one.com.au

Olivia Roberts, Brand One

0450 519 194

oroberts@brand-one.com.au 

DRAKE WORKWISE:

Please utilise PYBAR’s counselling service, Drake Workwise, for support:

1300 135 600

Dargues Gold Mine – Discharge of Sediment Laden Water

The Dargues Gold Mine has received 30.6 mm of rainfall to 9 am this morning (17 September 2019). Overall the Site is holding up very well, however, there has been a small discharge of sediment laden water through an earth containment bund which has resulted in sediment discharge to Spring Creek and into Majors Creek (Attached Photo: Discharge Location). The earth containment bund was channelling sediment laden water to the Sediment Basin located downstream of the Tailings Storage Facility bulk earthworks.

Immediate action has been taken to contain the discharge and determine the extent of any impacts on the environment. This includes:

  • Construction of a diversion drain from the spill location to the Sediment Basin at the toe of the Tailings Storage Facility embankment to prevent any further discharge (Attached Photo: Diversion Drain in Place).
  • Sediment and erosion control inspections of the entire site.
  • Water sampling at all surface water locations, consistent with the Water Management Plan.
  • The stand down of all surface bulk earthworks activities.

The EPA and other regulatory agencies have been notified.

The area from which the discharged water originated contains only disturbed soils. There are no chemicals, hydrocarbons or other pollutants contained within this area. We will continue to keep you updated as further information comes to hand.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 1800 732 002 if you would like further information.

Dargues Gold Mine Community Consultative Committee

Want to contribute to your community?

Nominations are open for members to the Dargues Gold Mine Community Consultative Committee.

The Mine is located at Majors Creek in southern NSW, about 13km south of Braidwood. The project received approval from NSW authorities in 2016 and is currently awaiting Commonwealth approval.

The Community Consultative Committee provides a forum for open dialogue between the proponent and representatives of the local community, stakeholder groups and local councils on issues directly relating to the project.

We are looking for people who live locally or are members of a stakeholder group (community, environment, Aboriginal or industry) and representatives from a local environmental group. Vacancies on the CCC consist of one community member, one environmental group representative and two alternate members.

Your role as a committee member is voluntary.

You will be expected to contribute constructively to committee discussions, attend around four meetings a year, and communicate information about the Mine between the committee and the broader community.

For more information and a nomination form, contact Hannah Bubb on 02 9387 2600 or darguesccc@elton.com.au.

Applications must be lodged by 24 March and sent to the independent chairperson of the CCC, Brian Elton at darguesccc@elton.com.au or PO Box 1488, Bondi Junction 1355.

Dargues Gold Mine – Community Information Session

Date:          Thursday, 12 January 2017

 Time:         Sausage Sizzle from 5pm – Presentation from 6pm

Location:    Majors Creek Hall

This information session is being held to update interested members of the community and other stakeholders on the current status of the Dargues Gold Mine and the plan for development of the mine moving forwards.

Senior members of staff from both PYBAR and Diversified Minerals will be on hand to answer any questions.

If you are a supplier, interested in providing goods or services to the mine, or a prospective employee looking for details on how to apply for upcoming roles, we strongly encourage you to attend. Representatives from both our supply division and human resources department will be available to answer any questions you may have.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming information session, please contact us by email on dgm.community@divminerals.com.au or by phone on 1800 732 002.