16 March 2024

Tungsten mine introduces suppression measures for Mount Carbine residents

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Production manager Brad Goodwin and operations manager Ryan MacNeill inspect the perimeter wall built using 600,000 tonnes of fill that will protect Mount Carbine homes from dust and noise from Mount Carbine Tungsten Mine operations. Photo: Supplied.

Dust from a nearby tungsten mine blowing over the tiny township of Mount Carbine will soon cease to be an issue following the construction of a high-bund wall along the mine perimeter.

Mount Carbine Tungsten Mine operations manager Ryan MacNeill said although there had been few complaints about excessive dust or noise, the construction of the wall would mitigate most of the dust and machinery noise concerns from affected nearby houses.

More than 600,000 of tonnes of earth fill has been transported from other sections of the site to form the massive bund.

Mr MacNeill said building the wall was a proactive measure to ensure the relationship between the mine and the Mount Carbine township remained strong.

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“When the wall is finished in two months’ time, we will regularly water down the area on the inside of the bund, and we believe that will prevent most of the dust from going near any houses, but the prevailing wind blows from the south-east, taking it away from houses anyway,” he explained.

“We have been doing everything we can to mitigate truck movements and limit dust.”

Mount Carbine publican Mitch Newman said he had “no issues” with dust or noise coming from the mine adding he believed the wall, when finished, should stop any complaints.

The EQ Resources Mount Carbine Project has been shifting up a gear with tungsten concentrate production from existing stockpiles, but has plans to go underground in the near future to mine richer lodes of the valuable steel hardening mineral.

Since the company acquired the mine and quarry site in 2019, capacity has been expanded to 300,000 tonnes per year.

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