An indigenous company will work with local councils and communities to help assess and prioritize remediation work at abandoned mines, including sites in the Pilbara.
Perth-based Gee Gie has been awarded a contract to work with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to identify, document and prioritize mine feature remediation work abandoned near Cue, Marble Bar and Yalgoo.
The works will be carried out under the Government’s Abandoned Mines Programme.
The company will consult with local counties and indigenous communities on the nature of the project and will strive to build positive relationships within local communities.
The project is funded by the Mining Rehabilitation Fund, a common fund to which mining operators in Western Australia contribute.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said WA’s long mining history meant there were abandoned mining features throughout the state.
“Gee Gie and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will work together to prioritize the proper management of abandoned mining features near Cue, Marble Bar and Yalgoo,” he said. .
“They will assess the risks and identify remediation works for the benefit of local communities.”