Calendon project invites public input
THE potential health risks posed by a constant flow of coal dust in the air was something nobody should have to live with, according to Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire.
Cr Maguire said plans announced by Caledon Resources for its Minyango underground project on the southern border of Blackwater, would see mine infrastructure located in close proximity to the town and posed a health risk.
“It’s fairly obvious what effect coal dust could have on the visual amenity of the town, you only have to look at the state of a bloke coming back up from underground,” Cr Maguire said. “And that’s not to mention the potential health risks involved. No-one should have to live with that hanging over their heads.
“I’m not a medical person, but that stuff will surely affect people’s health.”
Under Caledon’s proposed plans for the northern boundary of the site directly adjoining the southern boundary of Blackwater would be a coal handling plant, a preparation plant, a rejects co-disposal area, coal stockpiles, surface conveyors, underground mine access drift portals, rail loop and train loading facilities and various sediment, raw and mine water dams.
The mayor’s comments followed a warning by QFRS Blackwater Captain Glen Hamilton, who said placing a stockpile so close to town would pose a fire hazard.
Caledon managing director Mark Trevan said the company would hold a “comprehensive stakeholder consultation program” aimed at establishing “open communication”.
“We are going through the process at the moment and we are all too happy to hear from the public about any issues they may have,” Mr Trevan said. “We are inviting and receiving submissions and will address issues from there.”