A CONTROVERSIALevaporation facility at Mandalay Resources’ Augusta Mine in Costerfield could be approved by councillors this week, despite 19 objections.
City of Greater Bendigo officers have recommendedcouncillors approve the facility, subject to conditions.
But residents have slammed the proposal, withconcerns around its impact on agricultural land.
Many believe the facility couldcontaminatea nearby farm and posearisk to its‘chemical free’ status.
Other concerns include the impact on bee keeping on adjoining land.
The new evaporation facility is spread across four sites, including two on private land, one on Crown Land and a road reserve.
Mandalay Resources states the proposal willhelpmanagethecurrent andfuture amount of groundwater discharged from underground as gold and antimonyis recovered.
It currently does not have the correct facilities to manage this sufficiently.
The proposed evaporation facility includes a series of shallow ponds and a storage dam, sittingabove the ground to stop outside surfacewater entering the ponds.
The facility would be clay-lined and could withstand a one in 1000 year storm event, to meetnational standards and departmental guidelines.
Aspillway is also necessary to allow for the controlled release of water in an extreme weather event.
At this Wednesday’s meeting, councillors will also consider rezoningthe All Saints’ Anglican ChurchatMackenzie Street, Bendigo.
Officers recommend rezoning the View Hill Complexto commercial 1,applyinga design and development overlay and amending the current heritage overlays to encourage development.
The single objection to the proposal has been withdrawn following community consultation.
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