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December 2014

26/12 - Majors Creek man brings his no-cyanide message to Canberra

 Jay Cronan

Jeff Wolford, of Araluen, is protesting about the goldmine using cyanide. Photo: Jay Cronan

A Majors Creek man has travelled to Canberra towing a handmade sign protesting the potential use of cyanide at a goldmine south of Braidwood.

11/12 - Unity hedges Henty gold production

Unity is pleased to announce that it has taken advantage of recent volatility in the
A$ gold price to enter into gold hedging contracts on favourable terms. 15,000 oz
of gold put options have been acquired to hedge approximately 70% of Henty’s
forecast gold production during January to June 2015. The puts provide the
company with the right, but not the obligation, to sell 2500 oz of gold per month
over that period at a price of A$1445/oz, while still retaining full exposure to
increases in the gold price above that level.

16/12 - Plan for contaminated Bendigo groundwater to be pumped to Woodvale evaporation ponds

It appears progress is being made as authorities discuss how to deal with the contaminated groundwater rising under Bendigo.

The dirty and smelly groundwater is a legacy of Bendigo's gold mining past.

Unity Mining's decision in 2011 to cease gold production means authorities have to work out how the groundwater will be managed.

In a report to their meeting tomorrow night, Bendigo councillors are told the Victorian Government has reached a deal with Unity to have the water pumped to evaporation ponds at Woodvale, north of Bendigo.

16/12 - Miner congratulated

AS a member of the Dargues Reef Community Consultative Committee and one of the six community representatives shown around the Henty mine by Unity Mining last Wednesday, I came away reasonably assured that processing of the concentrate on site at Dargues Gold Mine, near Majors Creek, would not pose any greater risk to the surrounding communities than trucking it elsewhere.

We will have to wait on the Environmental Assessment for the fine print of the proposal and its environmental implications. However, the proposal has a number of positives:

17/12 - Concentrate processing at Dargues

By David Lever
Dec. 17, 2014, midnight

As a member of the Dargues Reef Community Consultative Committee and one of the community representatives shown around the Henty mine by Unity Mining on Wednesday, I came away reasonably assured that processing of the concentrate on site at Dargues would not pose any greater risk to surrounding communities than trucking it elsewhere. 

16/12 - A prime example of ‘Mission Creep’

By Sophie Lee
Dec. 16, 2014, 4:35 p.m.

The word betrayed has been used a lot around Majors Creek and Braidwood lately. It’s even mentioned in the papers and on TV news reports concerning the proposed submission by Unity Mining.

To say i feel betrayed is not totally correct, since that implies a level of trust ever existed. In my case, I never felt any level of trust and in fact, I could have guessed it would run something like this.

12/12 - Digging deep: Modern-day miners' quest for community approval

Unity Mining's Managing Director Andrew McIlwain answers questions from Majors Creek residents at his company's tailings dam in Henty, Tasmania

Unity Mining's Managing Director Andrew McIlwain answers questions from Majors Creek residents at his company's tailings dam in Henty, Tasmania
 

It's 6:30am and the managing director of Unity Mining is standing on the tarmac at Canberra airport.

14/12 - NO CYANIDE IN THE HEART OF MY BELOVED VALLEY

To  a wombat, most human activity is crazy. Some however is crazier than most.

In February 2013, Unity Mining began work next to the NSW village of Majors Creek on their Dargues Reef Gold Mine project. Twelve days later, after heavy but normal rainfall for the area, athick sludge of mud slid down into Majors Creek.

12/12 - Impact of Unity Mining's Majors Creek mine needs to be fully tested

Unity Mining's application to modify court-imposed conditions and build on-site processing and a facility using cyanide in Majors Creek should not proceed.

A new Gold Mine has been proposed near the town of Majors Creek. Photo: Andrew Sheargold

09/12 - Unity Mining auditor warns on gold's risky outlook

An auditor's report for a mining company proposing a new gold venture near Braidwood says the business could face an uncertain future given reductions in its cash reserves, lower gold price and risks associated with its Tasmanian gold mine.

Unity Mining needs to raise $70 million to develop Dargues gold mine near Majors Creek, and is applying for NSW Government approval to process ore on site using cyanide, which has dismayed some people in the area and downstream in the Araluen Valley.

08/12 - Articles about the consequences of gold mining. Karis Majors Creek Landcare

1. General: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Year Book 2003, Mining and the Environment.
2. Arena Magazine, Australia's Mining Legacies, by Gavin M. Mudd, 2013.

About Bendigo gold mine sites, closed down by Unity Mining in 2011:
1. ABC, Unity Mining urged to make Bendigo rehab plans a priority, 24 Nov. 2014
2. ABC, The World Today, As Bendigo's gold mining boom ends, the city deals with the clean - up, 23 Aug. 2013

04/12 - SAVE ARALUEN VALLEY AND MAJORS CREEK - SAY NO TO CYANIDE

TO: NSW DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING MINISTER: PRU GOWARD

[Save Araluen Valley and Majors Creek - Say NO to Cyanide]

 
Dear Minister Goward, Please don't approve the modifications, proposed for Dargues Gold Mine in Majors Creek, NSW. Unity Mining wishes to remove conditions from their original consent, that would allow it to use cyanide and mercury onsite to process ores, and to potentially pave the way to processing ores from other mines across the region.

Why is this important?

01/12 - Letters to the Editor (WA Today)

Cyanide by stealth

  Please do not allow cyanide processing of ore that contains lead, cadmium, zinc and gold at Dargues Mine at Majors Creek, NSW, nor allow a smelter to be built, threatening the village of Majors Creek, local businesses, the creek that is the headwaters of the Eurobodalla South Coast water system, and our children.

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