STAWELL - Fact sheets released by Northern Grampians Shire Council will provide the community with more information on a study into future uses for the Stawell Gold Mine site.
The Stawell Gold Mines Future Possibilities Feasibility Study is being funded by the State Government, Regional Development Australia, Northern Grampians Shire Council and Stawell Gold Mines.
The State Government has contributed $110,000, with $50,000 each provided by Northern Grampians Shire Council and the Federal Government. There is also $40,000 of other in kind contributions from council and Stawell Gold Mines.
Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Wayne Rice, said the fact sheets, and other information that will be made available to the community, were an important step in keeping people informed on the direction and progress of the study.
"The potential outcomes of this study have the capacity to shape the future of Stawell's economic and community prosperity for a long time to come," he said.
"This feasibility study is necessary to support economic growth and community development in Stawell and the region.
"Post gold mining, the site has the potential to provide a positive community benefit in terms of employment, the local and regional economy, the environment and community amenity."
A Project Control Group (PCG) has been established to contribute local and industry expertise to the study, and will present its final report to Council in February 2014.
The PCG has identified five key product streams to be investigated as part of the feasibility study. These include:
Local, regional and/or state waste opportunities.
Industrial use (including mill, renewable energy, global data centre).
Commercial recreation use.
Specialised landfill planning consultants have been engaged to complete the first project study, which will investigate the feasibility of using the mine site as a landfill.
The four remaining studies will be undertaken in the coming months.
Cr Rice said the PCG would ensure regular communication was made available to keep the community informed of the Stawell Gold Mines Future Possibilities Feasibility Study.
"Where people or groups have a need or expertise that they can directly contribute, the PCG will involve them in the project work," Cr Rice said.
"Individuals or groups not part of the feasibility project engagement will still be able to contribute by sending a written outline of their ideas to the project coordinator who will present them to the PCG for consideration," he said.
Any correspondence should be addressed to Project Coordinator Amanda Western, Northern Grampians Shire Council, PO Box 580, Stawell 3380.
Fact sheets on the project are available from Northern Grampians Shire Council's customer service centre in Stawell or by visiting www.ngshire.vic.gov.au