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Bowdens Silver Project – Application Amendment

Bowdens Silver recently requested an amendment to the development application to include the realignment of a 500kV transmission line that runs through the proposed mine site. This was based on feedback from TransGrid noting that the realignment would need to be included in the overall application for the Project rather than being assessed under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. This realignment was comprehensively assessed within the EIS and included field surveys for biodiversity and Aboriginal and historic heritage. Also, the construction works required for the realignment have been factored into the assessment of the potential noise and air quality impacts of the Project.

A request was made to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE) as delegate of the Independent Planning Commission for the amendment and subsequently accepted. An amendment report will now be prepared and submitted to DPIE.

Further information on the above can be found here.

Bowdens Silver Project & Exploration Update

As most members of the community are aware, in May 2020 Bowdens Silver lodged the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Development Application with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for the Bowdens Silver Project. During the public exhibition period, submissions were received from community members, public organisations as well as State and Local Government agencies. The public submission process showed overwhelming public support for the Project with 79% of all submissions in favour of the Project proceeding. Importantly, no Government agencies objected to the Project and only sought clarification on certain points relevant to their role.

Since that time, Bowdens Silver has been preparing the Response to Submissions which is not only a necessary part of the approvals process but importantly responds to all themes raised during the public submission process. Our Response to Submissions Report is currently being finalised and will be released shortly. At that time, further information will be provided to the community outlining the main themes and outcomes of that work.

In March 2021, Bowdens Silver submitted its Mining Lease Application (“MLA 601”) for the development of the Bowdens Silver Project which forms part of the approvals process.

Exploration work also continues to forge ahead and has expanded with four drill rigs now on-site. Drilling will be predominantly targeting mineralisation below the current proposed open cut pit and nearby extensions with mineralisation remaining open at depth. General exploration work is also planned on some surrounding properties and further afield in agreement with landholders. This work is testing our wider geological modelling of the mineral rich systems. All exploration and subsequent rehabilitation will fall in line with NSW Government approvals. Drilling is likely to continue until at least the end of 2021.

As the Bowdens Silver Project progresses through the approvals process, pre-development work will continue to increase focusing on optimisation of the Project as a whole including detailed design work for the mine infrastructure. To accommodate the increased activity our team has also grown with six new staff in our geology, field services, farming and administration teams. Our Community Investment Program continues to operate which provides sponsorships for a range of organisations and events within the local area across our core areas of support including, education, community, sport, safety and arts and culture. As our Project continues to develop, this program will expand.  Input and ideas from community members regarding funding for meaningful community projects are always most welcome.

 

Mining Lease Application

Bowdens Silver is pleased to advise that it recently submitted its Mining Lease Application for Group 1 minerals silver, zinc and lead with the Department of Regional NSW. Please note that this process is conditional on approval of the Bowdens Silver Project by the relevant authority.

The map below shows the Mining Lease Application boundary. This boundary is an administrative boundary and does not represent the location for mining related infrastructure.

Further information on the overall Bowdens Silver Project can be found in the Environmental Impact Statement summary booklet available on the home page.

Exploration Activity Update

Drilling exploration works are continuing at the Bowdens Silver Project in 2021. Two drill rigs are operating on site with a focus on targeting further high-grade silver zones nearby and below the proposed open cut pit. At present, these activities will continue for the forseeable future in line with current approvals.

 

Virtual Open Day Presentations

Bowdens Silver held two Virtual Open Days on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2020. A range of presentations were delivered and questions answered by representatives from the company, RW Corkery & Co (EIS authors and principal environmental consultant) and other specialist consultants who have contributed to the Environmental Impact Statement.

To view the presentations, please click here.

Exploration Activity Update

The current exploration drilling campaign will be extended and is expected to continue to at least the end of 2020. Drilling will focus on targeting high-grade silver below the current proposed pit and also include multiple new targets to extend beyond the current Mineral Resource. Activities will continue to operate based on current days and timeframes.

Planning is also underway to conduct a gravity geophysical survey that will aid in identifying the extent of underground structures and mineralisation. This survey is low impact and once planned is likely to be conducted over 2 weeks.

 

Environmental Impact Statement – Public Exhibition

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Bowdens Silver Project has been lodged with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and is now on public exhibition until the 27th of July 2020.

You can view the EIS:

  • online at the DPIE Major Projects website
  • or in hard copy at Mid-Western Regional Council’s Mudgee office as well as the Bowdens Silver office in Lue (please call ahead)

Members of the community can have their say about the project by:

  • Making an online submission to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Sending written submissions to: Director, Resource Assessments, Planning and Assessment, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Locked Bag 5022, Parramatta NSW 2124

Exploration Drilling Update

Exploration drilling will re-commence at Bowdens Silver during the last week of January 2020. This drilling will be targeting areas that have been highlighted during our recent gravity survey works and are mostly located to the north west of the proposed open pit area and known mineral resource. Drilling will involve diamond drilling with activities planned to occur between the hours of 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday and run for approximately 4-5 months.

UPDATE – 5/3/20

Due to some short-term necessary work, drilling activities will be temporarily operating on three Saturdays from 14/3/20 and ending on 28/3/20.

 

Community Open Day – Thank You

Bowdens Silver would like to thank all community members who attended our Open Day on Saturday 15th of June. Approximately one hundred people took the time to visit us on the day to learn more about the Project. Attendees had the chance to hear from the company and also meet and ask questions to a range of independent experts who are providing information for the Environmental Impact Statement.

We would also like to thank the Rylstone Kandos Volunteer Rescue Association who manned the BBQ on the day.

Also, a big congratulations goes to Brenton Franks who guessed the closest to the correct grade of silver for the drill core sample that was on display. For his troubles, he took home a 1kg silver ingot that was up for grabs. Well done!