A positive report has come out about Tumblegum South, a profitably-run mining operation located on the western side of South Australia. The new scoping study conducted by the South Australian government, in conjunction with BHP Billiton, has yielded extremely promising results with regards to the sustainability, productivity and safety of the operation.
The scoping study includes results from multiple studies, including the latest Victoria-New South Wales border crossings, the electricity transmission, the infrastructure investment and the environmental impact analysis.
Productive, safe and sustainable operations are the foundation of any new mining operation, and the study found that Tumblegum South met all three requirements. The combination of the heavy machinery, the efficient transport of both materials and personnel, as well as the safe working environment set the operation apart from many other mining locations in South Australia.
The study also found that the project had substantial financial benefits for the region. It is estimated that Tumblegum South will inject around $314 million to the local economy over the next five years, and is expected to create up to 1,400 new jobs in the area.
The environmental impact analysis also came in favour of the project. The researchers found that Tumblegum South is well-situated within its environment. The surrounding wildlife, vegetation and water flows will be protected from any potential adverse effects from the operation. At the same time, the study revealed that renewable energy will be utilised in the operation, making it environmentally friendly.
Overall, the positive scoping study for Tumblegum South is an important step forward for the region. The operation is set to become a prosperous and sustainable source of financial growth to the local community, while protecting the surrounding environment at the same time. This is a great accomplishment and a promising outlook for the many stakeholders involved.