NQ Minerals believes there is enough gold mining expertise remaining in Tasmania to ensure that, if mining is viable and approved, Beaconsfield Gold Mine’s workforce could include well above 90 per cent local workers. Following the confirmation of a $2 million staged acquisition of the Beaconsfield Gold Mine, leases and infrastructure last week, NQ Minerals has started a strategic review of mining infrastructure and geology with a view to restarting mining, subject to departmental approval. The company estimates the mine could create 50 jobs in the early stages, rising to over 100 in the long-term. NQ Minerals chairman David Lenigas said improved technology and a significantly higher gold price has made the mine viable again. “A modern 5-metre x 5-metre decline (access tunnel) will allow

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