Mining operator to face the court

A mining company operating outside Daylesford has been ordered to face court as a result of a number of offences.

Earth Resources Regulation has commenced court proceedings against the mining operator, which cannot be named for legal reasons. 

In addition to allegedly breaching its work plan, the company’s director is charged with providing false statements and attempting to intimidate an inspector. 

The alleged breach relates to the mining operator excavating a second mine shaft at the site, without approval from the relevant authorities. 

For the charges of breaching a work plan and providing false information to the regulator, the company faces a penalty of $161,000 per offence, while the director faces charges of $32,000 for the alleged offences of providing false statements and attempting to intimidate an Earth Resources Inspector.

Earth Resources Regulation executive director, Anthony Hurst, said the regulator monitored Victorian mines to protect public safety and the environment.

“While most mine operators actively comply with their approved work plans, Earth Resources Regulation will step in to protect communities and environments when safeguards are breached,” he said.

“Mine licence holders are required to demonstrate that they are fit and proper to operate mine sites, this includes providing accurate information to the regulator.”

The case will appear at Bendigo Magistrates Court on October 22, 2018.