As Queensland gears up to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a gold mine just 130km south of Townsville is hoping to be standing on the podium in 2032.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said gold from the Ravenswood Gold Mine in regional Queensland could be adorning Aussie athletes.
“It could be supplying the gold for the many medals our great Aussie athletes win in 2032,” he said.
Mr Miles said the Office of the Coordinator-General works closely with Ravenswood Gold to assist with approvals required for the new open cut mining pits and infrastructure that will help keep the mine producing gold until 2034.
“On 27 October 2021, I extended the prescribed project declaration for Ravenswood’s mine expansion project for two years, until 30 November 2023, and I will continue to consider future extensions as they’re required,” he said.
“This job generating mine currently employs over 350 full time workers and plans are in place to expand the workforce to over 400 full time workers.”
Resources Minister and Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the Queensland Government approved new mining leases and paved the way for the $300 million extension of the Ravenswood Gold Mine just two years ago.
“Not only is the company supporting hundreds of people through direct work, it is growing the North Queensland economy via supply contracts worth of millions of dollars.
Ravenswood Gold CEO, Brett Fletcher said the Ravenswood team is proud to be working with the State Government and regional business partners in building Queensland’s largest gold mine.
“Our vision is a sustainable, high performing, long life, low cost operation producing pure Queensland gold.”