Australian Bauxite has been granted a mining lease for a new bauxite mine near Campbell Town that is expected to create 30 jobs and stir up Tasmania’s economic activity.
The lease covers an area of 205 hectares adjacent to Macquarie Road, with a maximum disturbed area of 41 hectares.
According to the media release issued by Tasmania’s Minister for resources, Mr Paul Harris, the three pits on the leased site are expected to deliver more than 1.6 million tonnes of bauxite, the world’s main source of aluminium, which will then be sourced to domestic and international markets through Bell Bay.
The bauxite will be panel mined across the top of small hills, from west to east, and topsoil will then be replaced on to the disturbed areas, while there will be no waste rock dump or tailings dump required.
Subject to other necessary approvals, the company expects that preliminary work will start next month and the new mine will commence operations by December.