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September 2015

08/09 - Unity Mining withdraws cyanide processing bid at Majors Creek

Gold miner Unity Mining is withdrawing its proposal to use cyanide processing at an underground mine near Majors Creek, east of Canberra.

An overwhelming majority of about 400 submissions to the NSW Planning and Environment Department including from government agencies, objected to the proposal.

Most objectors, including Eurobodalla Shire Council and specialist scientists, believed cyanide waste in a huge tailings dam above the South Coast's water catchment would find its way into the drinking catchment for up to 100,000 people.

08/09 - Unity Mining abandons plans to use cyanide at Dargues Reef Gold Mine in southern NSW

Unity Mining has dropped a proposal to use cyanide at a gold mine in near Braidwood in southern New South Wales.

The company had sought approval to use the deadly chemical to process ore at the Dargues Reef Gold Mine.

But 84 per cent of the 400 public submissions to the NSW Department of Planning were opposed to the proposal.

In a statement today, the company said its board unanimously decided not to proceed with the application in light of "strong community and stakeholder objections" and the long timeframe for approvals.

08/09 - Sayonara Cyanide

Unity Mining has decided not to proceed with its proposal for onsite processing with cyanide at Dargues Gold Mine, “in the light of community and stakeholder feedback.”


Over 400 submissions were received  with over 80% against the proposal. The mine site is above the Araluen Valley where water comes down the Deua River to supply drinking water for tens of thousands of residents in Eurobodalla.

One submission revealed that there were serious flaws in the rainfall and evaporation data in the original mine submission. 

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