Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen has welcomed the announcement by Gloucester Resources Limited that it will relinquish part of its exploration licence.
Mr Johnsen said people in the community had approached him with concerns about the proposed mine, and their belief that it would expand closer to Gloucester township in the future.
“Gloucester Resources Limited chief operating officer Brian Clifford had assured me there was no intention to expand mining operations closer to Gloucester beyond what has been outlined in the Environmental Impact Statement, so I requested that his company demonstrate their commitment to no future expansion,” Mr Johnsen said.
“GRL has today announced it will relinquish 6km2 of EL 6523 to the north of Jacks Road / Waukivory Road in the next renewal application in early 2018. This confirms GRL’s stated position that there will be no Stage 2 of the Rocky Hill Project or mining closer to town.”
Mr Johnsen said the announcement made the facts of the proposal’s future very clear - that there would be no mining closer to town.
“This will be a relief to some people in the Gloucester community who now have assurance that GRL will not be exploring mining opportunities beyond what has already been outlined.
“I welcome today’s announcement by Gloucester Resources Limited,” Mr. Johnsen said.