Information day on proposed Big Hill project

Stawell residents, business operators and other interested parties can find out all they want to know about the Big Hill Enhanced Development Project at an information day this Saturday.

Key project team members and specialists will be at the information day to provide information and answer questions about the project itself and about the Environment Effects Statement that is on public exhibition until Tuesday, May 13.

The information day will run from 11am to 2pm at the Stawell RSL on Saturday.

The Big Hill Enhanced Development Project is a five year open-cut mining operation at Big Hill in Stawell. The Project would employ 80 to 100 people during its operation and would result in Big Hill being transformed into a community asset once mining ceased.

As part of the process, Stawell Gold Mine was required to produce an EES to address all issues surrounding the plan including the environment, health, transport, heritage, noise, dust, reinstatement and rehabilitation of the site and social impacts.

Stawell Gold Mines General Manager Troy Cole urged anyone who supported the project or with questions about the Big Hill Project to attend the information day to receive the facts from the qualified team behind the project.

"The EES has been on public display for over a week now, answering some questions and perhaps raising others," Mr Cole said.

"We will do our best to answer all lingering questions at the information day. Questions might be about the short or long-term impacts of the project, the open-cut mining process, what's going to happen to Big Hill when mining ceases, the environment or health.

"Our team can help resolve any questions or clear up any misinformation, so the information day is the place to come."

Mr Cole said it was important for people to have their questions answered now as submissions regarding the EES needed to be with the Government by 5pm on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

"We encourage all residents - those who support the project or those that have questions or issues - to present a submission," he said.

"We encourage all Stawell residents to take the opportunity to examine the EES as it covers a wide variety of subjects that are pertinent to the future of the Big Hill Project and to Stawell itself.

"SGM and our parent company Crocodile Gold are committed to this project and to the needs of the Stawell community. We believe this project is in the best interests of Stawell and want to see it come to fruition with the support of the Stawell community.

"The best way for that to happen is for people to make submissions on the EES."

The EES is still available for viewing during normal business hours at:

Stawell Library, Sloane Street, Stawell.

Northern Grampians Shire Council office, 63-65 Main Street, Stawell.

Victorian Government Book Shop, 20/80 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Regional Development Victoria - Grampians office, 111 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat.

The statement, including the technical appendices, is available for viewing online at the SGM website www.crocgold.combighill

A DVD containing all the EES documents is available by calling freecall 1800 771 729.

Questions about the project and exhibited documents can also be directed to freecall number 1800 771 729 or email SGM.enquiries@crocgold.com.au for those unable to attend the information day.

Submissions to be sent to: Planning Panels Victoria, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure GPO Box 2392, Melbourne, VIC 3001. Telephone: (03) 8392 6384; Fax: (03) 8392 6381 or Email: planning.panels@dtpli.vic.gov.au

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