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.
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.
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.
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.
Minor surface works for construction of storage sheds, office and workshop will commence tomorrow 28 March. Any queries please contact 1800 732 002 or leave a post.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be lodged by 24 March and sent to the independent chairperson of the CCC, Brian Elton at email@example.com or PO Box 1488, Bondi Junction 1355.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 1800 732 002.