Coolgardie Shire Council has placed a request with the Department of Minerals and Petroleum for the removal of redundant mining infrastructure at the southern entry to the town.
Shire president Mal Cullen says a number of redundant mining structures remain on vacant crown land, which are an eyesore to drivers on the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway at the Coolgardie Gorge entrance and a safety concern for both the public and the environment.
The council has been in contact with the DMP to have the site cleared, but the shire has been advised by the department ownership of the site may have fallen to the Commonwealth and investigation of the matter for clearing would be unviable without community support. The infrastructure was originally installed as part of a mining lease, but the business that owned the infrastructure has dissolved and ownership may lie with either the Commonwealth or two privately owned companies.
The DMP has told the shire research for the removal of the infrastructure will require significant staff resources and will require significant community support. Alternatively, a formal request from the council to remove the infrastructure may suffice.
A brief investigation of the site has revealed the infrastructure is industrial litter which brings aesthetic disharmony to the southern entrance of Coolgardie and is not sympathetic to the natural environment.The infrastructure also brings up safety issues as the site is uncontrolled, giving the public access to two uncovered vertical shafts in close proximity to the structure which pose a significant risk to people using the area for recreational purposes.
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