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26/05 - Letters to the Editor

Job inquiries prove benefit


I strongly encourage members of the local community to continue researching Unity Mining’s proposed Dargues Gold Mine and making contributions to the discussion in the media and elsewhere.

There is though, one misconception, which seems to underpin some of the current conversation: the belief economic development is always in conflict with the environment.

This isn’t the case.

The actual mining and processing of gold is only a small element of what Unity does.

Much of our effort in planning, developing and running a project is about ensuring it is done safely.

We work to protect the health and safety of our workers and to protect the environment, whether in an urban setting or a more natural, pristine location. We’re held to account by a strict regulatory system.

In this context, job creation and economic benefits need not be seen in opposition to environmental concerns.

Our project will create approximately 120 jobs during its construction and a further 100 during its operation. 

Despite the fact we haven’t advertised, Unity has received more than 3000 letters of interest for jobs from all over Australia.

Many locals have applied and employing locally will be our preference.

This unprecedented demand illustrates the economic benefits of the project. 

We’re aiming to deliver a project that is a win for the local community, preserves the local environment and delivers a win to Unity and our shareholders.

Many people refer to this as triple-bottom line reporting.

For us, all three objectives are entirely consistent and equally important.

Andrew McIlwain, CEO, Unity Mining

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