Alkane gold mine finally approved by state government

ALKANE Resources' 11-year wait to build a gold mine near Tomingley ended this morning with Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner announcing state government approval of the mining lease for the $116 million project.

The company's general manager NSW Michael Sutherland said construction would begin almost immediately.

Communities surrounding the mine site, about 50 kilometres south-west of Dubbo, will make up the bulk of its 120-strong production workforce.

Mining at the site will include open-pit and eventually underground operations, potentially for a decade.

Mr Stoner was joined by Resources Minister Chris Hartcher and Dubbo MP Troy Grant in making the announcement.

The state government's Community Cabinet is meeting in Dubbo today.

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