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.

Construction on the gold mine near Tomingley will begin almost immediately.

Construction on the gold mine near Tomingley will begin almost immediately.