Mining company Australian Mines has opened an office in Parkes, appointing Cindy Nutley as a Community Engagement Officer.
The company’s Parkes office in Clarinda Street will function as a base for stakeholder engagement and exploration activities at its nearby Flemington Cobalt, Scandium and Nickel project near Fifield.
Ms Nutley will lead Australian Mines’ engagement with the communities surrounding the Flemington Project, in particular, to build local awareness of the Company’s plans for exploration and a planned Pre-Feasibility Study in 2019, as well as act as a point of contact for local landholders overlapping Australian Mines tenements in the region.
The Company also expects to carry out a maiden drilling program at its greenfields Thackaringa Project near Broken Hill in 2019, with the Parkes office also acting as a base for those activities.
Australian Mines Managing Director, Benjamin Bell said: “Sincere engagement with community and government stakeholders around our project development activities is core to our overall strategy and ambition to operate successful battery chemical projects in Australia’s eastern states, which deliver flow-through economic benefits beyond increased value for our shareholders.”
“This is evidenced by our financial commitment to community and social infrastructure as part of our Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) on our Sconi Cobalt-Nickel-Scandium Project in regional North Queensland.
“The opening of a community engagement office in Parkes to support our NSW exploration activities reinforces this commitment and is a logical step forward given the area is home to both exploration, mining and mixed farming operations.
“Although our focus remains on progressing the Sconi Project through the financing stage, following the release the BFS in November that supported its commercial development, we look forward to getting the drill rigs back rolling over the prospective ground we have at Flemington to build on existing resources next year.”