INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
• Mine cooling upgrade... p2
• Secondary egress project... p3
• Exploration continues with discoveries
through mine life extension... p3
• Stawell Gold Mine staff feature... p 4
• Community Grants Program update... p4
Stawell Gold Mine’s Community Newsletter D E C E M B E R 2 0 0 8
Victorian Rock Drilling
Championships at the
The Victorian Rock Drilling
Championships were held in
conjunction with the Stawell
Agricultural Society Show on Saturday
Stawell Gold Mines surface staff plan the layout
the 25th of October, 2008.
of the front garden at Eventide Homes.
The Stawell Rock Drill Club in
association with Stawell Gold Mines Stawell Gold Mine
once again played host to this event
which attracted competitors from in-kind support projects
across Victoria and from interstate.
Locals and visitors alike Throughout recent months, Stawell
compete at the men’s event
Competitors in the rock drilling Gold Mines has been providing in-kind
at the 2008 Victorian Rock competition used compressed support to community organisations.
Drilling Championships. air drills which are known as
One project involved providing assistance
air-leg drills. Air-leg drilling is
with the creation of a sensory garden
now a rare thing to see in a working mine environment, with
at Stawell Intertwine Services.
most mines preferring the modern mechanised bulk drilling of a
jumbo drill rig. Air-leg drilling is however, still used at some mines Stawell Intertwine Services State Plan
where the ore bodies are inaccessible to the modern jumbos. The Manager, Kathryn Clayton said that
rock drilling competitions are not only great entertainment for the sensory garden is aesthetically
spectators but also help to keep this traditional mining skill alive. pleasing but will also play an important
role therapeutically by means of
Rock drilling is regarded as a very competitive and physical
stimulating all the senses and prompting
sport. The aim of the competition is to drill through the length
activities requiring various levels of
of a PVC pipe filled with concrete with the first driller to hit
active or passive co-ordination.
the metal plate at the end of the pipe declared the winner.
SGM employees have also been
The competition attracted a total of 24 competitors in the mens
busy working on a drought tolerant
events and 7 competitors in the ladies events. Competitors
garden at Eventide Homes.
ranged from experts through to people who had never even
seen an air-leg drill before. Experience did shine through though, Eventide Homes Executive Officer Sue
with Dave Butler again taking out the men’s singles title. Blakey said that “residents who have left
their gardens behind because of their
There were several other categories on the day with Jo Blake
special needs will now be able to watch
taking out the ladies competition, Murray Wills and Brett Chalmers
the garden grow, watch the birds and bees
winning the doubles and Dave Butler Snr. and Dave Butler
feeding on nectar and have a daily activity
Jnr. taking out the no pusher competition. Other honourable
that will bring their garden back to them.”
mentions include Ben Rolph as the best non miner, Toby Blake
as the best local and Billie Graham as the best novice. Stawell Gold Mines is delighted to be able
to offer these services to the community
Congratulations must go to Toby and Jo Blake for again
and would also like to remind all community
organising such a fantastic competition. Thanks also to all
organisations that applications for the
those who assisted with the smooth running of the Rock Drill
next round of community grants close
competition and the organisation and operation of the Stawell
on the 19th of December, 2008.
Gold Mines mining equipment displays and demonstrations.
From the General Manager
I would like to congratulate the anomalies North of Glenorchy. of works intended 1st Quarter 2009.
efforts of Stawell Gold Mines A six hole program is presently On the community relations front,
employees and supporting contract being undertaken which will SGM continued to provide in
services in the past six months. determine viability of exploration kind and funding support to local
Since Northgate acquisition in continuation in that area. community organisations. Mining
February 2008, I have seen the Capital investment has been activities were displayed at this
organisation rapidly re-establish encouraging with a number year’s Stawell Agricultural Show
itself from a position of imminent of key projects started in the in support of both community
closure to one of continuous past six month period. events and the Victorian Rock
operation. Re-engagement of Drilling Championships. Thanks to
Geological, Environmental, Safety As the mine deepens, our ventilation
systems strain with the additional SGMs personnel for volunteering
and Commercial aspects of the
restrictions that depth imposes. their time and skills on the day.
business, alongside injection of capital
funding has positioned the mine for a Investment into both “Mine Cooling This quarter’s Environmental
further number of years of operation. Plant” and “Primary Ventilation Review Committee meeting was
This could not have been achieved Infrastructure” is providing relief hosted at Stawell Gold Mines with
without the efforts of all involved. to that strain. The project will see healthy community and regulatory
a significant contribution in the 1st participation. Attendees were
Exploration activities have been
quarter of 2009 with commissioning shown this past year’s rehabilitative
continuous since Northgate
of new primary ventilation fans which works and increased works activities
acquisition with mixed levels of
will further support the recently immediate to the Tailings Facility. This
success. Continuation of gold bearing
engaged mine cooling systems. was followed by a BBQ dinner and
mineralisation to depth is proven
beyond existing G5L and G6 ore Mine haulage fleet upgrades have DPI chaired meeting. The evening
bodies. These discoveries are very been undertaken. Three new mine was another successful example of
dependent on heightened gold prices haul trucks have been introduced positive engagement between the
given the increasing costs of mining at which now represent a 30% Stawell community and Gold Mine.
such significant depths. Today’s gold productivity gain to the previous Moving forward, 2009 will see
prices support these discoveries. truck fleet. Haulage is a significant continuation of exploration, mine
Extensions of Magdala systems are cost to our operation with any production, capital investment,
presently being explored with some productivity improvement welcoming. environmental works and community
signs of continuation. These ore A significant amount of activity participation. I have enjoyed working
bodies are extensions of workings has been undertaken regarding alongside my fellow mine and
which were not previously considered extensions to our mine tailings business colleagues in the past period
to be economically viable. Improved facility. With extension of mine and see operations at Stawell Gold
gold price conditions and shallower life, our “Tailings Dam” needs to be Mines re-establish itself under the
operating costs have lead our raised above its present embankment support of Northgate Minerals.
exploration teams back into these levels. Prior to undertaking these In close, I wish all readers a
lower grade environments. Drilling works, all aspects of environmental, safe prosperous Christmas and
activity will be carried out from both rehabilitation and community need New Year and look forward to
underground and surface drilling to be provided consideration with continued success in 2009.
positions. Surface drilling has recently EPA (Environmental Protection Regards
commenced north of the township Authority) and DPI (Department
in the Iron Bark Forest areas. of Primary Industry) endorsement.
Regional Exploration activity has Work Plan submissions will be
re-commenced with drill programs introduced to regulatory bodies 4th Troy Cole, General Manager
returning to the Wildwood Quarter 2008 with commencement Stawell Gold Mines
Mine cooling upgrade
Stawell Gold Mines is constantly to not only improve water to the system. This upgrade had
on the look out for products efficiency but also improve upon not only improved cooling in the
and process changes which the conditions in the mine. mine but is also saving an estimated
will increase our efficiency Two evaporative coolers were 22 mega litres of water per year.
in energy and water use. replaced by two closed circuit
As we go deeper into the mine, the coolers. The evaporative units work The new
conditions become more and more by sucking air through water and
uncomfortable for employees. The were using approximately 30,000 an estimated
temperature increases by 1 degree litres of water per unit day each. 22 ML of
for every 100 metres that you The new closed circuit coolers water per
descend and the humidity is extreme. continually recycle water which year.
Recently SGM had the opportunity negates the need to add more water
Secondary egress project
Stawell Gold Mines has recently completed another stage
of the secondary egress project which takes the ladders
from the surface to the 1345 RL. The secondary egress is
a series of ladders which are installed in certain areas of
the mine to ensure that there is an alternative exit route
in the event of main decline restriction. The upgrade to
the existing secondary egress has been ongoing over the
course of the past three years and reflects investment Some ladders are installed Several local contracting
into continued operations. The project couldn’t have been from underground anchor firms were involved in the
points to complete the manufacture and installation of
completed so successfully without the determination of
secondary egress pathway. the secondary egress ladders.
local contractors. The ladder system was designed locally
by Pas Valente and manufactured locally by Ricksteel One interesting challenge that the project managers
Fabrications. Stawell Engineering along with SGM staff faced was getting the ladders to fit through a timber set
and local contracted labour installed the ladders. Another located about 80 metres down the Albion Shaft. The
local company Westlift Cranes was also involved, their job Albion shaft was sunk in the 1800s so there was some
being to use a crane to lower the 127 metres worth of doubt about how straight the shaft would be. This meant
ladder in 6 metre sections down into the Albion Shaft. there could be some difficulty in getting the ladders to
The secondary egress project has been a major fit through the smaller space created by the timber set. It
undertaking. The ladders vary in length from 25 turned out that the shaft was so straight that the ladders
metres through to 145 metres and are put together only had to be slightly modified to get through the gap.
on site by joining smaller sections which ranged Everyone involved in the project was amazed at the
from 3 to 6 metres in length. The ladder pathway uniformity of the Albion Shaft sunk all years ago when
included some existing shafts, but more had to be technology was nothing like what we have access to today.
sunk at 1.2 metres in diameter which was done by Thanks to all those involved in this major project.
RaiseBore Australia who are based in Adelaide. Stawell Gold Mines prefers to ‘shop locally’
While the project is a great demonstration of SGM staff and in this case it was fantastic that this major
and local contractors coming together to undertake project was able to be completed with so much
this project, it has not been without its setbacks. involvement from local people and businesses.
Exploration continues with discoveries
through mine life extension
Northgate has continued its focus
on exploration at the Stawell
operation with success in extending
the current mine life. During the
last 6 month period (to 30th June
2008) Stawell Gold Mines has
completed 24,823 metres of diamond
drilling. While drilling occurred in a
large number of areas throughout
the mine the majority of drilling
occurred in the GG6 area following
up promising results from 2007 drill
programs and evaluation works. Longitudinal Projection highlighting the locations of 2008 and 2009 exploration works.
This drilling has assisted in defining
additional Mineral Resources and the inclusion of the GG6 area. Mine mineralisation. Additionally exploration
in conjunction with detailed mine planning and feasibility studies have will continue into the New Year with
design and mine planning work has resulted in the submission and board the following in mind, Sub GG6, North
resulted in a material addition to approval of a fully costed mine plan Magdala and Leviathan Gift. Regional
the Mineral Reserve, equating to to access and mine this area. works are also ongoing with gravity
approximately an additional 18 months Exploration work continues in areas surveys having been completed for the
to the mines life. Proven and Probable with the most immediate potential to Wildwood prospect, Commercial Road
Mineral Reserves are now projected extend the mine life, especially areas prospect and Pleasant Creek prospect.
to sustain the mining operation proximal to the Golden Gift 6. Portions Full details of the information
until the fourth quarter of 2011. of this area currently are not in contained in this article can be
The most significant addition to Mineral Resource however works are planned found in company reports at www.
Reserves and Mineral Resources is for 2009 to explore for additional northgateminerals.com.au
Stawell Gold Mine staff feature
Stawell Gold Mines has now been in full mining operation for a lit tle over 25 years. We would like to highlight just
how many members of our dedicated team have been here since the mine was in its infancy. These people have
developed an intimate knowledge of their respective areas of Stawell Gold Mines throughout the period of time
that they have been employed at the mine. They are essential players when it comes to passing on knowledge
to newer staf f members and are most of ten called upon when a seemingly unsolvable problem comes along.
Included are photographs of all staff who have been at Stawell Gold Mines for 20 years or
more. Employees are to be recognised for their continued contribution to SGM.
Axel Meumann Ian Biggs Barry Colyer Daryl Clayton Bob Coustley
Senior Mine Surveyor Underground Laborer Supply Superintendent Diesel Workshop Leading Mill Shift Supervisor
25 years +3 25 Years 25 Years Hand, 25 Years 24 Years
Steve Dunn Doug Parry Les Dunn
Mill Superintendent Underground Laborer Metallurgical Manager The Northgate Minerals Corporation
24 Years 24 Years 24 Years
owns and operates the Stawell
Gold Mines and strives to be an
active and supportive member of
the local Stawell community.
The Company’s Community Grants
Program aims to enhance the overall
social, educational, recreational
and environmental aspects and
opportunities of local communities.
Kevin Metcalfe Jock Collins Roger Kelly
Underground Laborer Laboratory Supervisor Underground Laborer Interested organisations are now
24 Years 23 Years 22 Years invited to submit a grant application
for the consideration of the Northgate
Community Grants Program committee.
Guidelines and application forms
for the program can be obtained
from the Stawell Gold Mine:
Phone (03) 5358 1022, email
Submissions for the current round of
Bryan Iseppi Frank Rutter Richard Blakey funding close Friday 19 December, 2008.
Underground Shift Metallurgy Safety and Gold Room Supervisor
Supervisor, 22 Years Training, 21 Years 21 Years
Stawell Gold Mines,
PO Box 265, Stawell VIC 3380
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Phone 03 5358 1022 (24 hours)
Facsimile 03 5358 3454
Helena Nicholson Allan Cooper Chris Nicholson Website www.northgateminerals.com.au
Administration Assistant Surface Supervisor Mill Shift Supervisor
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