Lue silver mine: the legal process

An information workshop will be held in Lue next week to help the community better understand the mining proposal process for the Bowdens Silver Project.

The Lue Action Group have invited the Environmental Defenders Office to the region on Tuesday, August 15 to present a workshop titled ‘mining and the law’ – what you need to know and how to have your say’.

The project, currently at the exploration and feasibility study stage, comprises mineral tenements covering 1,654 square kilometres (408,000 acres) across the mineralised Rylstone Volcanics.

Lue resident and president of the Lue Action Group Tom Coombes said there is some confusion within the community about the mining approval process.

“There’s thought in the community that it is a process that is out of the hands of community members and because it’s a state development project that it’ll be taken away from the local community and it’ll be a state government decision,” he said.

Mr Coombes explained the fear in the community is “We won’t have any say in what’s going on”, but the Tuesday workshop will explain “that is incorrect.”

The workshop will include information about; the legal process for the assessment of mining developments,  the requirements for environmental assessment of the project and how the community can have their say through the development assessment process and Community Consultative Committee.

This is the second time the EDO has held a workshop in Lue; they held a similar presentation while Kingsgate owned the project.

Mr Coombes said the workshop is open to all residents, “I’m encouraging everyone to get as much information as they can from various places. People have their opinions, but we need facts, to have a balanced decision.”

The EDO workshop will be held at the Lue Public School on Tuesday, August 15 from 6pm till 8pm. RSVP: 02 9262 69 89.