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Rising nickel price prompts the restart of Avebury mine

The Avebury nickel mine near Zeehan is expected to restart as early as January next year, with hopes it will create more than 200 jobs on Tasmania’s west coast.

The Avebury mine has been in care and maintenance since 2009 after a fall in nickel prices but was bought from MMG Limited by Dundas Mining for $25 million in mid-2017.

Premier Will Hodgman said Dundas planned to begin recruiting for 200 mining, processing and administration jobs immediately, with plans to have the mine back in production by January 2019.

Mr Hodgman has announced the Tasmanian Government will provide a support package of $3.5 million in payroll tax relief to assist the reopening.

“This is our way of showing that the Tasmanian Government backs Tasmanian business,” he said.

“We will keep taxes down and input costs down to make Tasmania a more competitive place to do business and that’s reflected in the confidence that we’re seeing with this exciting announcement today.” Read more…

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