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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:

- The impressive safety record of Unity at Henty;

- The proposed additional measures to protect against accidental release of cyanide on delivery of the pellets;

- The significantly higher design standards already applying to the Tailings Storage Facility at Dargues -compared with Henty; and

- The improved road safety and reduced carbon footprint associated with over 2000 fewer loaded trucks per year moving through Braidwood en route to Parkes.

I would like to congratulate Unity for its openness in relation to the Henty operation, and for giving the community and media representatives such an opportunity to assess the possible implications of cyanide processing on site at Dargues.

David Lever

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