Camera operation holds hope for Southland

SOUTHLAND’S fate may be partly known in less than two weeks when a $150,000 bore is drilled into the mine’s main tunnel to allow a camera to assess the damage to longwall equipment.
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Southland coal mine

Angie Tomlinson

The camera, along with gas and heat detection monitors, is expected to be lowered 600 metres to determine the extent of fire damage.

If the decision is made to re-open the mine is will be at least four months before it could return to full production.

Meanwhile, Gympie Gold and joint venture partner Thiess are helping 170 full time workers and 50 contractors to find part-time employment.

Management spokesperson Simone Wetzlar told The Newcastle Herald that based on what is currently known, they were optimistic about re-opening the mine.

"It's in the interests of Thiess, as the operator and (10 per cent) part-owner, to get the mine operating again,” Wetzlar told The Newcastle Herald.

Further information is expected to be supplied in a second meeting of creditors at the end of this month.

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