Revive our city’s heart
There was an old joke that went this way. What is the dead centre of Bendigo. The answer was the cemetery. Sadly now it is the mall. I plead with those who designed and supported the current mall to swallow their pride and put in a one way rd. with short term parking and al fresco shopping and dining. Please revive the Heart of Bendigo.
John Meredith, Kennington
Time for change
To describe this Government as a rabble, is praising a rabble. A ‘do nothing Government’ that has spent 10 years trying to come up with a climate policy and given up, now on to energy. I can’t wait to see this result, I just hope I live long enough. To re elect this mob, we voters will all have to be in a coma.
Ken Price, Eaglehawk
Cabinet reshuffles are like the game "musical chairs". When the music stops, you have to be quick to grab a seat. If you are too slow you miss out on a portfolio.
Jiri Kolenaty, Rushworth
Gold mine on our doorstep
In 2016 a mining man ventured deep into a small mine in Fosterville, 20 km from Bendigo.
There was a change in the quartz in the newly mined section, unremarkable to others, but not to this mining guru.
That man, Tony Makuch, of Canada’s Kirkland Lake Group, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest explorers and gold mine developers.
When Kirkland bought Fosterville in 2016, it produced 150,000 ounces of gold , but reserves were small and low grade and it was set for closure.
In 2016, Fosterville had just 244,000 ounces in mineral reserves at 7 grams a tonne. In the two years that followed Kirkland has mined more than 450,000 ounces at average grades of about 15 grams a tonne.
Kirkland has barely scratched the surface because new reserves are being discovered nearby and it looks like there is a lot more to be found, so the production is set to rise a lot further and so are the grades.
The Bendigo gold rush is back but it is deep underground. It is going to be a massive profit earner as the company steps up exploration, currently running at $50 million a year. Most Bendigoneans would not appreciate the economic benefits this company makes to the local economy. But with a workforce in excess of 500 highly skilled people it is not hard how to imagine how much is pumped into our economy.
Thank you Tony Makuch, the staff and contractors at Fosterville.
Michael McKenzie, Strathdale
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