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07 Sep 2018

Regulator Charges Daylesford Mine Company

Earth Resources Regulation has commenced court proceedings against a mine operator following an alleged breach of its Work Plan.

The company’s director is also charged with providing false statements and attempting to intimidate an inspector.

Earth Resources Regulation regulates Victorian mines to protect public safety and the environment.

The alleged breach relates to the mine operator excavating a second mine shaft at the site near Daylesford without approval.

The mine operator claims it was directed to sink the second shaft by WorkSafe. Earth Resource Regulation will contend this is incorrect after consulting Worksafe.

The mine operator is charged with breaching its Work Plan and providing false information to the Regulator. It faces a maximum penalty of $161,000 per offence.

The company’s director is charged with providing false statements and attempting to intimidate an Earth Resources Inspector. Each charge faces a maximum penalty of $32,000.

The mine operator and its director have been issued summonses to appear at Bendigo Magistrates Court on 22 October 2018. The court will determine the charges and what penalties, if any, are imposed.

Quotes attributable to Earth Resources Regulation’s Executive Director Anthony Hurst

“While most mine operators actively comply with their approved work plans, Earth Resources Regulation will step in to protect communities and environments when safeguards are breached.”

“Mine licence holders are required to demonstrate that they are fit and proper to operate mine sites, this includes providing accurate information to the Regulator.”


Contact: Lewis Hill

Phone: 03 8392 6735