26 September 2023

Local gold mine to shine in 2032 Olympics

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A gold mine 130 kilometres south of Townsville is in the running to make medals for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Steven Miles said the Government wanted regional Queensland to be part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games — “the biggest single transformational project in Queensland’s history”.

Dr Miles said the Office of the Coordinator-General was working closely with Ravenswood Gold to assist with approvals required for new open-cut mining pits and infrastructure that would help keep the mine producing gold until 2034.

“On 27 October, I extended the prescribed project declaration for Ravenswood’s mine expansion project for two years, until 30 November 2023, and I will continue to consider future extensions as they’re required,” he said.

“This job-generating mine currently employs more than 350 full-time workers and plans are in place to expand the workforce to more than 400 full-time workers.”

Dr Miles said since 1868 the mine had produced millions of ounces of gold.

“It could be supplying the gold for the many medals our great Aussie athletes win in 2032,” he said.

“Wouldn’t that be a great Queensland success story.”

Minister for Resources, Scott Stewart said Ravenswood Gold was a successful example of the resources industry working in partnership with the local community.

“The Government approved new mining leases and paved the way for the $300 million extension of the Ravenswood Gold Mine just two years ago,” Mr Stewart said.

“Not only is the company supporting hundreds of people through direct work, it is growing the North Queensland economy via supply contracts worth of millions of dollars,” he said.

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