Caved in mine shaft to be filled

Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Adrian Parker speaks with Joel North from Mandalay Resources in front of the cave-in. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Adrian Parker speaks with Joel North from Mandalay Resources in front of the cave-in. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A 61 metre mine shaft in Costerfield which caved in during recent heavy rains is expected to be repaired in the coming weeks.

Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Adrian Parker said the agency was made aware of the three metre wide hole on Crown land by staff at Mandalay Resources and had inspected the damage.

“We talked to Mandalay Resources about what could be done to make the site safe as we agreed it posed a public safety risk,” he said.

“Mandalay Resources kindly offered, at their expense, to fill the depression of the shaft and erect a fence around the area.”

The mine shaft is in a high traffic area next to the Costerfield mailbox station and across the street from the hall and toilets and Mr Parker reminded residents of the need for caution, with several old uncapped mine shafts in and around the Bendigo area.

Mandalay Resources sustainability manager Adam Place said the company would back fill the opening of the unused mine to fill the depression and pack down the dirt to form a new cover.

“We will then surround the area with a fence to stop people walking over it,” he said.

He said he hoped for the work to be completed by Christmas.

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