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Pro-Force rehabilitation workshop to be held in Coolgardie

For more information, contact Dave Grills (Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region).

A community workshop on the rehabilitation plans for the former Pro-Force gold processing site, about two kilometres south-east of Coolgardie, will be held this month.

The workshop, organised by the Department of Mines and Petroleum and the Shire of Coolgardie, will be held at the Coolgardie Recreation Centre from 5pm to 6.30pm on Friday, August19.

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC said the interactive workshop was the next step in the rehabilitation process, after the recent successful removal of the old processing plant.

The Pro-Force site is being transformed through the department's Abandoned Mines Program, which is funded by the Mining Rehabilitation Fund.

“The commencement of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund in 2013 has provided a dedicated source of funding to address abandoned mine sites throughout Western Australia,” Mr Grills said.

“This is an important step in ensuring that abandoned mine sites are rehabilitated to conserve and enhance the local environment.”

Mr Grills said the Shire of Coolgardie, Department of Mines and Petroleum, local residents and other stakeholders could provide input into the rehabilitation plans for the site.

He said the site was located close to the main entrance to Coolgardie, from Kambalda.

“Once completed, this rehabilitation project will assist in making the area safer and more visually appealing,” he said.

The workshop is open to members of the public.

For more information or to RSVP, phone 9222 3162 or email abandonedmines@dmp.wa.gov.au.

For more information, visit http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Environment/Mining-Rehabilitation-Fund-MRF-4906.aspx

For media enquiries contact Dave Grills MLC on (08) 9071 500 or email dave.grills@mp.wa.gov.au