Bendigo Gold

Kralcopic Pty Ltd (Kralcopic), a wholly owned subsidiary of GBM Gold Ltd, previously held mining licences around Bendigo, including Woodvale Evaporation Ponds Complex, Kangaroo Flat, New Moon and Eaglehawk.

Current status and future plans

On Friday 16 August 2019, the Executive Director of Earth Resources Regulation decided to not renew the company’s three mining licences.

The regulator was not satisfied that Kralcopic could finance its mining activities and site rehabilitation obligations, as required under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.

Rehabilitation requirements

The former licensee is required to rehabilitate the land at its former mining sites, in accordance with approved work plans.

Earth Resources Regulation holds rehabilitation bonds, totalling $5.9 million, which the regulator can use if Kralcopic defaults on its rehabilitation obligations.

Community engagement

Earth Resources Regulation will continue to keep the Bendigo community informed about the rehabilitation of these former mining sites.

Matters of community interest

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

Read more about this enforcement action.

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 potentially 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.

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.

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.

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.

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Please note that while all care has been taken to ensure that documents meet accessibility standards, some attachments to this report contain images of handwritten documents and figures which may present an issue to people with visual accessibility requirements.

If you have accessibility issues or feedback, please contact DELWP.

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 will continue to monitor Kralcopic's former mining sites to ensure that environmental safeguards are applied, and the sites are rehabilitated within a reasonable period.

View more information on regulatory compliance.

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Page last updated: 22 Oct 2019