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Bendigo Gold

GBM Gold Ltd (GBM Gold) is a publicly-listed gold production company with exploration and mining interests in and around Bendigo in central Victoria. Kralcopic Pty Ltd is a subsidiary of GBM Gold and the licence holder of five mining and exploration licences in the greater Bendigo region.

GBM Gold operates four project sites around Bendigo:

  1. Woodvale Evaporation Ponds Complex (MIN5364)
  2. New Moon (MIN53444)
  3. Kangaroo Flat (MIN5344 and MIN4878)
  4. Eaglehawk (MIN5344 and MIN4878)

Current status and future plans

GBM Gold has submitted licence renewal applications for Kangaroo Flat (MIN5344) and the Woodvale Evaporation Ponds Complex (MIN5364) in accordance with Section 31 of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990. These applications are currently being assessed by Earth Resources Regulation.

GBM Gold are proposing to reprocess tailings at the Kangaroo Flat site after notifying Earth Resources Regulation of the proposal. This notification is submitted in place of a work plan variation.

GBM will inform the community of the details of the Kangaroo Flat proposal.

Community engagement and Environment Review Committee

Under Section 39A of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990, GBM Gold has a duty to consult with the community throughout the period of their licence.

GBM Gold's licence conditions include the requirement for an Environment Review Committee (ERC) to be established to review environmental performance. The GBM Gold ERC meets quarterly.

Matters of Community Interest

Woodvale Evaporation Ponds dust issues

Earth Resources Regulation has instructed GBM Gold to take further action to suppress dust at the Woodvale Evaporation Ponds Complex.

Read more about this enforcement action.

Woodvale Evaporation Ponds Complex Environmental Audit

The Woodvale Evaporation Ponds Complex is a series of ponds historically used to evaporate groundwater from underground gold operations in Bendigo.

In 2018 an independent auditor was appointed to conduct site investigations to assess the risks associated with the management and rehabilitation of the Woodvale Evaporation Ponds Complex in accordance with the condition specified in the MIN5364 Work Plan Variation (September 2017) requiring the conduct of an audit under Section 53V of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

The elements of the environment considered in the audit as potentally impacted by activities at the Woodvale Ponds were the atmosphere, land, water, (e.g. groundwater and surface water), vegetation, wildlife, aesthetics, fish and odour, both onsite and in areas surrounding the site.

A copy of the report can be found at the EPA interaction portal.

Woodvale Evaporation Ponds Complex Environmental Site Assessment

In 2015 the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) appointed independent environmental consultants Senversa to assess and document the nature and extent of potential contamination in the soil / sediment and groundwater at the site. 

The purpose of the Environmental Site Assessment was to provide details of the soil and groundwater conditions at the site and potential impacts to beneficial users.

Notes regarding the report:

This report was prepared by Senversa for use by the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP), and is published with the permission of DELWP and Senversa. No responsibility or liability is accepted for any damages arising out of the use of this report by a third party. This report is issued subject to the technical principles, limitations and assumptions provided in Section 8.0 of the report. For any enquiries regarding this report, please contact DELWP.

Woodvale Water Tanks Testing Program

DELWP has released the final report on a program of water and soil testing on properties surrounding the Woodvale site. For further information on this testing program, visit the DELWP website.

Regulatory Compliance

Earth Resources Regulation may issue a compliance or remedial notice to GBM Gold if they fail to comply with the conditions or provisions of their licence under the MRSDA.

View more information on regulatory compliance.

Feedback and complaints

To contact GBM Gold (including enquiries about the Environmental Review Committee or to register a complaint), you can phone (03) 5445 2300. If you make a complaint, it is important to provide clear details about the issue you are complaining about including the:

  • time
  • date
  • duration.

Contact Earth Resources Regulation

ERR welcomes your feedback. If you have any queries regarding regulation of the GBM Gold sites, contact us.

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