THE New South Wales Government last week approved plans to reopen a mine near Tarago in the state’s Southern Tablelands, potentially creating hundreds of new jobs in the area.

After closing in 1998, the Woodlawn mine operation will soon reopen under TriAusMin Limited for the extraction of copper, lead and zinc, creating up to 200 jobs during construction and up to 140 jobs thereafter.

The $126m project is expected to produce up to 150,000 tonnes of copper, lead and zinc ore for a period of up to 21 years.

Under the government agreement with TriAusMin, site clean-up and rehabilitation expectations have been provisioned, including the development of tailings dams and a water management system to prevent off-site contaminations.

The mine’s open-cut area will continue to operate as a landfill facility and the 11 on-site turbines from the nearby Woodlawn wind farm will also remain untouched.