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16/01 - Unity Mining signs deal to resume pumping Bendigo groundwater

Unity Mining has confirmed it has resumed pumping groundwater from underneath Bendigo as part of a deal with the Victorian Government.

Unity said it started pumping water from the New Moon shaft under Bendigo to the Woodvale ponds, north of the city, on December 29.

The company confirmed to the Australian Securities Exchange yesterday that it had reached a commercial agreement with the Government.

The company told shareholders, the pumping was needed to prevent the discharge of water into Bendigo's Rosalind Park and local watercourses.

The deal expires at the end of June, when it is hoped a longer term plan will be put in place.

The water has been rising since Unity ceased its operations in Bendigo in 2011.

Woodvale residents said they want the ponds closed and the land rehabilitated.

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