Brian Gentil welcomed Kit Wilson from OceanaGold to Gold FM this morning to find out what's been happening lately.
Kit has just returned from a conference for the minerals industry. He explained what it was about.
Brian asked whether there were any problems on the mine site over the weekend with the heavy rain? Kit said he understood the mine site received 200 mls and he was told it was a one in ten year event, which he explained. "Business as usual, just a little annoying," is how he summed it up.
Brian also asked about Trio mine (underneath Union Hill) as he'd heard mining was occurring there again. Kit said as Correnso has progressed OceanaGold is looking at going down another 2 levels in Trio and will probably put about 100 metres of tunnels in before going into production again. The Trio map will be added to the East Ender map starting this week. Brian asked Kit to explain about the tunnels, which he did.
The Resource Consent to mine under Martha Mine was lodged with the relevant regulatory authorities at the end of May. Once the application has been looked over and any further questions asked, the public process will begin. "Pretty soon, once they're sure they've got everything, we'll be coming back to the public and saying now's the time, double check all these bits and pieces and see what you think," Kit said. Most of the draft technical reports are available on the OceanaGold website www.waihigold.co.nz
Kit and Brian discussed Waihi gold being available to purchase locally. At present the gold heads to Perth and is mixed in with other gold where it's refined.
A fireworks spectacular is happening at Martha Mine this Friday evening at 7 pm to say thanks to the Waihi community after 30 years of modern mining. It's free to head along and watch the fireworks and there will be food and drink available to purchase up by the Pump House on the night. "Quite a few of the coffee shops around town are staying open too, which is great. What we're hoping is that people will come into town, have a coffee, have a burger, catch up with some of the food and drink that will be available from the carts that are up near the Pump House, around that area, and have an absolutely fantastic time." Kit also said it will be all over by about 7.15 but people will need to be on site well before 7 pm to get a good viewing point. He also suggested people with cats, dogs, horses or other animals around the area ensure their smaller animals are inside and larger ones are moved from the area as the noise will be loud.
0800 WAIHI GOLD (0800 924444) is the number to call if people want to contact OceanaGold.
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