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Production to begin at historic Victorian gold mines

AuStar Gold is to commence production this month from its historic Morning Star and Rose of Denmark mines in Victoria’s eastern goldfields, almost four weeks ahead of the original target date.

Development activities including procurement and logistics began this week, with processing expected to start before month-end.

Gold being poured into bars

AuStar said it had gained the “requisite level of confidence” in its minerals inventory estimation and mine planning to start production before the previously-announced target date of March.

The company has a substantial initial gold mineral inventory to sustain production over the next six months, and will replace and add to the stocks via ongoing success from further exploration activity.

A gravity processing plant at Morning Star will initially operate at 85 tonnes per day throughput on a week on/week off basis, and is expected to steadily increase.

Chief executive officer Tom de Vries said the decision to commence production reflected the “excellent progress” which had been achieved with recent exploration activity. Read more…

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