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Tailings Storage Facility

The Stawell Gold Mines (SGM) has one operational tailings storage dam. The dam is located approximately three kilometres south-east of the town centre. Tailings dams are used to store fine-grained residue or waste material that remains after metals and minerals have been extracted.

Is the tailings dam safe?

The dam is regularly inspected by a specialist mine tailings consultancy working to established ANCOLD (Australian National Committee on Large Dams) guidelines, and is regularly inspected by ERR.

Favourable local environment conditions for the long term stability of the dam include low rainfall and low seismic activity.

Could the tailings dam overflow?

It is unlikely the dam would overflow as the walls have been raised incrementally since initial construction to safely increase and manage storage capacity.

Stawell Gold Mines (SGM) are required to maintain the dam level 0.6m below full capacity.The tailings level of the dam is reported to Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) every two months and provided at ERC meetings.