20/12/2023 UPDATE: Rescheduled Exploration Activities & Short Closure of Maloneys Road
Further to our previously advised correspondence below, due to changes made by our contractors, the planned blasting activities associated with the bulk sampling program have been further rescheduled and are now planned to occur on Friday 22 December 2023. This is due to occur within a window from 10am to 2pm with Maloneys Road being temporarily closed for 30 minutes at time of blasting to ensure road user and contractor safety.
We are hopeful that there are no more unexpected delays and apologise for any inconvenience.
15/12/23 Rescheduled Exploration Activities & Short Closure of Maloneys Road
This notice is to update community members on our previously advised and subsequently rescheduled activities occurring at the Bowdens Silver Project.
Bulk Sample Program & Short Closure of Maloneys Road
Preparation work including earthworks and drilling have been completed for the bulk sampling program that is located within the approved open cut pit area in three locations east of Maloneys Road. The remainder of the program will involve the collection of ore for metallurgical tests at three identified areas and the initiation of blasts to dislodge the required material. Screening and loading of material for transport will also occur. As part of our normal exploration procedures, pre-activity clearance checks will be conducted to ensure the safety of any wildlife in the vicinity. These activities will occur Monday to Friday between the hours of 7am to 6pm.
Due to changes to the program, we will now only be conducting two small explosive blasts. As such, Maloneys Road will be closed in the vicinity of the activity. This closure will be for approximately 30 minutes and dependent on operational requirements and weather conditions, will occur around 2:00pm on the most suitable day between Tuesday 19th December 2023 and Thursday 21st December 2023. Traffic management will be in place along Maloneys Road to ensure the safety of road users and contractors. During the short closure period, road users may need to utilise Bara Road if required.
The bulk sampling program, including blasting, is an exploration activity that has been approved by the NSW Resources Regulator under our Exploration Licence 5920 and is not related to mine commencement. The temporary road closure has been approved by Mid-Western Regional Council on behalf of the licensed blasting contractor.