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October 2010

Council Meeting - 4/11 - Item 10.3. Dargues Reef Gold Project

Big Island Mining Pty Ltd has lodged a major project application and environmental assessment(EA) under part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for the extraction of up to 354 000t of ore per year from an underground gold mine, together with construction and operation of associated infrastructure, including a temporary waste rock emplacement, run-of mine pad, processing plant, tailings storage facility, site access road and ancillary infrastructure.

The EA was publicly notified from 29 September to 1 November 2010. This report presents a

31/10 - Submission from the Majors Creek Community Liaison Committee.

The group of Majors Creek residents represented by this committee expresses a wide
variety of opinions regarding the mine proposal from vehemently against it, to
passionately in favour. This committee has worked hard to reflect that wide variety of opinion.

This submission is our best attempt to do so.

See file attachment below

Info on the flotation reagent ( "PAX" - EA Part 2 Page 2 - 28 )

Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Reports

PEC No. 5

Sodium Ethyl Xanthate


Sodium ethyl xanthate (CAS No 140-90-9) was declared a priority existing chemical by the Minister of Industrial Relations by notice in the Chemical Gazette of 6 July 1993.

Importers of sodium ethyl xanthate were obliged under section 55 of the Commonwealth Government's Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 to apply for its assessment. Sodium ethyl xanthate is not manufactured in Australia.


Application No    Description    Received    Address

DEV.2010.0356      Ground Mounted Solar Panels      4/11/2010      593 Majors Creek Road

DEV.2010.0334      Manufactured Home              25/10/2010      11-15 George Street

Call to suspend mining in NSW

The NSW FarmersÔǃ Association is calling for a moratorium on any new mining or coal seam gas development across the State.
NSW FarmersÔǃ Association Mining Taskforce Chair Fiona Simson says the Executive Council has voted unanimously in support of a suspension at a meeting in Sydney.
ÔÇ£The coal seam gas industry in NSW is expanding rapidly,ÔÇØ Mrs Simson said.
ÔÇ£Mineral and petroleum titles and applications now cover around 70 percent of the State,ÔÇØ Mrs Simson said.

26/10 - Deadline for submissions on Dargues Reef Mine

The deadline for Submissions to the Department of Planning on the Cortona Resources proposal for an underground mine and associated infrastructure at Dargues Reef near Majors Creek is next Monday 1st November.
The proposed mine would produce up to 354,000 tonnes of ore a year for up to 5 years which would be transported from the site by truck.

The proposal comes under the Approval Authority of the Minister for Planning under Part 3A of the environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Cortona Resources MD Peter van der Borgh Speaks at Excellence in Mining 2010 in Sydney

Peter van der Borgh BSc (Hons), FGS has worked in the Australian exploration and mining sectors for over 20 years, initially as a prospector in Victoria and Western Australia (gold), and Queensland (precious gemstones). Peter gained a First Class Honours Degree at Kingston University, London, before joining a research team at the University of Western Australia studying the geological controls on the formation and settings of Giant Ore Deposits (the 'GODS' project).

26/10 - French's fear over mine water flows

Mothball, the wombat which inspired Jackie French's international best-selling children's book Diary of a Wombat, still lives in a burrow she dug under the author's house.
But French fears the famous Mothball (now 15-years-old, greying and given to standing on logs to literally stare down younger wombats) and the abundant wildlife on her river valley property face an uncertain and potentially drier future.

''The valley, all the animals and plants that live here depend on water without it, everything will die.''

Upper Shoalhaven and Upper Deua Landcare AGM

Dear all,

The Upper Shoalhaven &Upper Deua (USUD) Landcare Association will be having its AGM in Windellama this year at the Windellama Hall on Wednesday 10th November.

Proceedings will kick of at 5.30pm with a BBQ followed by a general meeting at 6.30 and the AGM after that.

The current executive would like to declare that all positions are now open and encourage people to think about nominations.

The Upper Shoalhaven & Upper Deua executive currently consists of

Chair: Phil Shoemark

Secretary: Vic Gleeson

Treasurer: Martin Royds

25/10 - New Shallow High Grade Gold Discovery at Dargues Reef


┬À New shallow zone of high grade gold mineralisation discovered in drilling ~150m north of Dargues Reef: 12.6m @ 9.9g/t gold ~80m below surface

┬À Further mineralisation observed in five follow-up holes along ~90m of strike length, results pending

┬À Potential to add ounces per vertical metre, near term production and mine life at Dargues Reef

┬À Drilling is ongoing to explore the extent of this new gold zone and a range of other shallow targets

To read the full announcement, please click the following link;

20/10 - Political Donations Information

Please find attached the Political donations disclosure statement as discussed at the recent public meeting. Also attached is the Disclosure of political donations and gifts Guideline

During the 30-day exhibition period any person can comment on the proposed
project. Comment is usually by way of written submission. In some cases a public
hearing may be held.

Submission writing
As this is the primary method through which the community can participate in
environmental decision-making it is important to write submissions that will clearly and

Mine related traffic

After attending most of the Public Meetings organised by the Community Liaison Committee regarding the Dargues Reef Mine, and listening to the various concerns raised, I was somewhat bemused by the fact that Traffic and Transportation rated only 8 out of 13 on the Prioritised Issues listing, when it appeared to me to take up a large portion of the discussion time at every meeting - certainly more than the heritage concerns which rank 5 & 6.



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07/10 - Cortona Resources Raises $4.3 Million to Accelerate Follow-Up Drilling at New Shallow Gold Discoveries

Cortona Resources Limited (ÔÇ£CortonaÔÇØ ÔÇ£the CompanyÔÇØ) is pleased to advise that the Company has resolved to raise up to $4,335,000 through the placement of up to 25.5 million ordinary shares at an issue price of $0.17 per new share, to institutional and sophisticated investor clients of Hartleys Limited.

To read the full announcement, please click the following link;

06/10 - New Shallow Gold Mineralised Structures Discovered at Dargues Reef

At least five gold mineralised structures discovered close to surface in recent step-out drilling at Dargues Reef

┬À Best result to date of 0.5m @ 77.0g/t gold which appears to correlate with earlier high-grade hits

┬À Broad, mineralised gold lode intercepted ~100m beneath current gold resource

┬À Drilling at Dargues Reef now to focus on defining gold resources at the new shallow discoveries, targeting an increase in annual gold production early in the projectÔÇÖs life

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