NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council has formed a project control group to determine future options for the Stawell Gold Mines site.
Mayor Wayne Rice said the group was established to contribute regional knowledge and industry expertise to the Stawell Gold Mines Future Possibilities Feasibility Study.
The State Government, Regional Development Australia, council and Stawell Gold Mines are paying for 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,” Cr Rice 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.”
Cr Rice said the project group had identified five main product streams to be investigated as part of the feasibility study.
They are tourism products; local, regional and-or state waste opportunities; training opportunities; industrial use, including mill, renewable energy and global data centre; and commercial recreation use.
Cr Rice said a number of areas were identified for investment opportunities, including the mill site, the Wonga Pit and Tailings Dam.
“It’s not just about Big Hill on its own,” he said.
“We’re looking at the bigger picture.”
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 occur in coming months.
The project control group will present its final report to council in February.
Cr Rice said council had released fact sheets to keep Stawell people informed.
“This is an important step in keeping people informed on the direction and progress of the study,” he said.
“Where people or groups have a need or expertise that they can directly contribute, the group will involve them in the project work.
“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 co-ordinator who will present them to the group for consideration.”
Cr Rice said any correspondence should be addressed to the project co-ordinator, Amanda Western, Northern Grampians Shire Council, PO Box 580, Stawell 3380.
He said fact sheets on the project were available from Northern Grampians Shire Council’s customer service centre in Stawell or by visiting www.ngshire.vic.gov.au.