MRF rehabilitation works at Pro-Force addressing community concerns

A round up of the rehabilitation works recently completed at abandoned mine site Pro-Force has been released on the department’s website.
Date: Tuesday, 07 March 2017

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has released a case study summarising the recently completed clean-up rehabilitation works at former gold processing site, Pro-Force, and an outline of the plans for the year ahead.

The works to remove the abandoned plant and rubbish from the abandoned mine site, including scrap material and large tyres left in situ for more than a decade, have addressed ongoing safety and environmental concerns raised by the Shire of Coolgardie and the local community during DMP’s stakeholder engagement workshops in February 2016.

DMP’s Executive Director Environment, Dr Phil Gorey said the works removed a total of 25 earthmoving tyres, 21 truck tyres and 9.75 tonnes of scrap material from the site.

“The rehabilitation works have been successful in removing the abandoned processing infrastructure and rubbish from the site which removes the immediate safety risk associated with these features.  Earthworks were also undertaken to improve aesthetics and contribute to the environmental conditions,” he said.

“In consultation with the community and other key stakeholders, we will now look at what other rehabilitation works need to be addressed and will ensure that any future works do not affect mining and exploration plans for the area.”

The Pro-Force site, approximately two kilometers south-east of Coolgardie, is the second of four pilot sites to receive funding from interest generated by the Mining Rehabilitation Fund as part of the Abandoned Mines Program.

For more information on Pro-Force, please read the case study.