Govt targets old Gemfields’ mines

THE Gemfields are set to be the next target of the Government's Abandoned Mines Unit.

Officers from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines' Abandoned Mine Lands Program (AMLP) will conduct inspections on state-owned land within the Central Highlands and Isaac Regional Council areas.

While touring the Gemfields earlier this week, Natural Resources and Mines Assistant Minister Lisa France said the inspections were important for the safety of land users and visitors, due to a history of mining dating back to the mid-to-late 1800s.

"The AMLP is charged with identifying and rehabilitating historic abandoned mines across Queensland," Ms France said.

"Historic mine workings can include single shafts and land disturbances resulting from old mining ventures that were abandoned before mining lease and mining claim holders were required to remediate their sites."

Known abandoned sites on state land in the Central Highlands and Isaac Regional Council areas will be inspected and assessed for remediation works, as required on a prioritised risk basis.

Ms France said similar works had been completed at Opalton, Quilpie, Calliope and in the Passchendaele State Forest.

These had involved backfilling shafts, stabilising earth and fencing sites that presented heritage values.

For more information, look under Mine Safety and Health at the website

Topics:  gemfields mining

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