Stawell Gold Mine
The Stawell gold mine is located adjacent to the township of Stawell, 250km northwest of Melbourne. Stawell is a rural township with a population of approximately 6,000 people within the Northern Grampians Shire Council.
The Stawell district is a historic goldfield dating back to 1850s. The current operator, Stawell Gold Mines Pty Ltd (SGM), commenced mining in 1981.
On 13 December 2016 SGM made the decision to cease mining and processing operations and transition into care and maintenance. While in care and maintenance, SGM is continuing underground exploration.
The decision to cease mining has led to an increased interest in the future of the proposed Big Hill Open Cut Gold Mine. The project was unsuccessful in gaining approval in 2014 following an unfavourable outcome of the Environment Effects Statement assessment.
Stawell Gold Mines Pty Ltd
SGM operates the mine under a Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSDA) mining licence (MIN5260).
Kirkland Lake Gold Inc
Kirkland Lake Gold Inc is the parent company of Stawell Gold Mines Pty Ltd (SGM) which operates the Stawell gold mine.
Role of Earth Resources Regulation
Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) is responsible for administering the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSDA).
The MRSDA seeks to minimise or mitigate environmental, community, property, land and infrastructure risks and impacts from sites operating under mining licences and extractive work authorities.
Duty to consult
Under the MRSDA, there is a mandatory Duty to Consult for licence holders.
Licence holders must consult with the community during all stages of their project activities from exploration, to operations and rehabilitation.