Peak Gold Mines (PGM) staff were pleased to publicly present the good news about the mine’s exceptional year in production and safety in 2016.
Company representatives spoke of the mine’s bright future at a community consultation meeting last Wednesday night at Cobar Bowling & Golf Club.
The aim of the community consultation meetings is to let the public know what projects PGM are currently working on and also what plans they have in place for the future.
The meetings are an opportunity for community members to ask staff any questions they may have about the operations at PGM.
They also give PGM staff a chance to get important feedback from the community.
Acting general manager Hubert Schimann told the meeting that PGM had performed well in 2016 with exceptional production levels reached during the year.
“We achieved some significant milestones which was all due to an exceptional safety record,” Mr Schimann said.
He said it was very pleasing that PGM sat below average for injury statistics for the mining industry in NSW.
The meeting then broke into three smaller groups where they were introduced to various staff members who gave short presentations on various topics and called for questions.
PGM’s projects manager Eric Strom outlined the mine’s plan for ‘Making Cobar Great Again’ which aims to extend the Life of Mine to 2019 and possibly 2025.
He said the process is now underway for Great Cobar regulatory approvals with their focus currently on conducting specialist studies into groundwater and vibration.
Exploration supervisor Lize Stander outlined PGM’s exploration success at Great Cobar, their near mine exploration targets (within a 10km radius) for this year and next and also spoke about their regional exploration plans for areas further south of Cobar.
Accountant and PGM’s new Donations Board chairman Matt O’Keeffe outlined recent changes which have been made to PGM’s donations process.
He said PGM is keen to continue to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with local groups that will help to bring short team and long term benefits to the community.