Extension to Waihi will be notified

The historic Martha pit next to Waihi township, and the landslip which closed the pit operations...
The historic Martha pit next to Waihi township, and the landslip which closed the pit operations in 2015. The historic pump house is in the foreground. Photo: Supplied
Public notification is about to get under way for Oceana Gold’s proposed underground mine development at its Waihi site in the Coromandel, and will  invite public submissions.

Oceana announced in March it would seek resource consent for the Martha project, which is largely underground but includes some surface mining

adjacent to Waihi township.

Some underground mining directly beneath the township has already been done, under other projects.

The Martha pit has been closed since April 2015, after a slip on its north face,  but Oceana  continued to work its underground Correnso mine, which extracted 119,084oz of gold in calendar 2017.

The Martha project has been estimated to extend the Waihi mine life by 10 years, and possibly  1million ounces of gold to be mined, which would, on average, provide 350 full-time jobs  year round. Last week, Oceana told Waihi residents the Hauraki District Council would publicly notify the project consent application.

After submissions there would be a council hearing, then a decision. Oceana said if there was to be an Environment Court hearing, it would ‘‘likely’’ take place next year,  a decision made late in the year.

simon.hartley@odt.co.nz

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