Bathurst Regional Council has been approached by LFB Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of Regis Resources Ltd to supply treated effluent for use at their proposed open cut gold mine, the McPhillamys Gold Mine, at Kings Plains, near Blayney. Information on Regis’ Exploration Licence can be found on the NSW Department of Industry, Resources and Energy website www.commonground.nsw.gov.au
Regis Resources has requested a ten year contract with a ten year option from the commencement of the operational phase of their mine site, for the supply of treated effluent. Generally the water required for the mine is around 8 to 10 megalitres per day, which matches the annual average daily output from the Waste Water Treatment Plan. Regis at this stage do not have approval for the McPhillamy Gold Mine and would be required to enter into further regulatory processes if Council agrees to the sale of the treated effluent for use at the mine.
Council, at its meeting on Wednesday 18 November 2015, resolved to seek community feedback on the request from Regis Resources to purchase the treated effluent. This feedback will help inform Council’s final decision on the sale of treated effluent to Regis. Council considered the matter in February 2016. The resolution appears further down this page.
A number of reports and studies have been completed to help inform Council’s position, to date.
BRC commissioned Sinclair Knight Merz to complete a report on the Environmental Impact of Diverting Bathurst Effluent Water to McPhillamys”, May 2014 - SKM Report This report was then peer reviewed by GHD Bathurst Waste Water Works Diversion of Treated Effluent EIA Review September 2014
NSW Public Works has prepared a report, NSW Public Works Report, Bathurst Sewage Treatment Plant Effluent Reuse Study looking at the Regis proposal, how it would be progressed, infrastructure requirements and implications for ongoing operation of the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
A copy of Council’s Environment Protection Licence for the operation of the Bathurst Sewage Treatment System can be found here Environment Protection Licence for the operation of the Bathurst Sewage Treatment Plant
A project summary of the McPhillamy’s Gold Project, as proposed by Regis, Regis Resources Project Summary. Further information on Regis Resources and their operations can be found at http://www.regisresources.com.au/
A Frequently Asked Questions summary on the proposal to sell treated effluent by BRC to Regis can be read here.
A second Frequently Asked Questions document providing answers to a number of questions raised at the community information sessions regarding the proposal can be read here.
Community Information Sessions
Two community information sessions were held on Wednesday 2 December and Thursday 3 December 2015. The following presentations were delivered as part of these sessions:-
Presentation by Danielle Ranshaw
Western Research Institute
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Presentation by Rod Smith
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How to have your say
WRITTEN AND ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ON THIS PROJECT HAVE NOW CLOSED
Council consideration of proposal
Council considered a report on the proposed sale of treated effluent ot LFB Resources (Regis Resources Pty Ltd) at its meeting on 17 February 2016.
Council resolved to:
(a) Advise LFB Resources (Regis Resources Pty Ltd) that Council requires;
(i) An EIS for the development be prepared.
(ii) Cease to Transfer (CTT) levels need determining.
(b) Seek further details on the proposal including;
(i) Ability to release more water from Chifley Dam, including modelling of extra flows into the river e.g. 4ML and 8ML per day, so as to assess the impact on dam and water security.
(ii) Advice from Department of Primary Industries (DPI) on CTT levels.
(c) Continue to hold discussions with LFB Resources (Regis Resources Pty Ltd) on the proposal, including pricing levels for the treated effluent.
A copy of the report can be found in Council's business paper for the 17 February 2016 Council meeting.
Following enquiries from the community about information on flow levels in the Macquarie River and storage levels in Chifley Dam the following links provide access to:
River monitoring gauges on the Campbells, Fish and Macquarie Rivers
Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie Bogan Unregulated and Alluvial