Jan 05, 2021

Miners monitor wet season threat

Miners monitor wet season threat

Mining operations closer to the east coast are keeping an eye on falls brought on by a tropical low.

The Bureau of Meteorology this morning issued a severe weather warning for the Herbert and Lower Burdekin and parts of North Tropical Coast and Tablelands and Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders Forecast Districts.

It predicts potential isolated daily rainfall totals of more than 350 millimetres in some parts. The impacted area is expected to extend down to Ayr for the rest of today.

Both Mount Carlton located 100kms south of Ayr and Ravenswood Gold located 130kms south west of Townsville draw workers from the Burdekin.

A shift change of mining and production crew today at Ravenswood Gold has been unaffected though the back road from Home Hill and the Giru-Woodstock road are being monitored.

Evolution Mining says it is yet to activate its wet weather plan for the Mount Carlton operation.

Ex-tropical cyclone Imogen crossed the gulf coast on Sunday forcing closure of the Port of Karumba where New Century Zinc barges concentrate through the shallow Norman River channel to load ships.

Further west and while four-wheel-drive motorists will need to lock their wheel hubs to negotiate many of the smaller roads, it was largely business as usual said Cloncurry Shire Mayor Greg Campbell.

The shire hosts both established and junior miners and much of the ground is under exploration lease.