Posted by on 18/12/2013
It was good to catch up with Newmont External Affairs Manager Andrea Durie this morning. She's been busy working at the Perth office and is back in Waihi in time for Christmas.
Andrea was joined in the Gold FM studio by External Affairs Coordinator Kit Wilson who answered a question we received about a blast that happened on November 30. Mr Wilson explained how blast hub works and some of the issues that arise. A new system is on the way and people will be able to go online and see blast results very quickly. It's hoped the changes will be available early in the new year.
A question also came through asking why Newmont is closing down over the festive season when the company is a 24/7 operation.
Kit Wilson said the open pit, processing mill and other areas are closing for a couple of weeks and the underground will close for a few shifts over the Christmas Day period.
New mining regulations came into force this week. They will not affect how Newmont Waihi Gold operates, as the company already complies with the high standards that are followed by the Western Australian mining industry.
The Golden Link office is closing for 2 weeks over Christmas and because the numbers of Waihi people going to the office has dropped off significantly the Golden Link office will close permanently from the end of January. Anyone with questions or seeking information will be welcome to visit the first floor of the Golden Legacy Education Centre on Moresby Avenue after that.
A blast notification trial is happening soon to warn people that a blast is coming. A small device that can be used in a home has been designed to reduce the startle effect. Andrea Durie explained how it will work.
She also congratulated the Waihi community Forum for the fantastic job they have done 'holding her and her company to account in a nice way.'
She thanked them for their time effort and the thinking they have done over the year and hopes they have a great break because they'll have more work to do next year!
Newmont Waihi Gold will be starting the Correnso exploration drive soon and will be letting people know when it is about to proceed. Infill drilling will occur to give a better understanding of what Correnso looks like and how the final mine plan should look. The company is doing all it can to bring forward the schedule to start working Correnso. Ms. Durie said it is an ambition target and they will keep people up to date. Newmont is determined to try to minimise the workforce gap as much as possible so that jobs can be retained.
Read the Newmont Waihi Gold Update here
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