A PROPOSED Fingal Valley goldmine could see several small abandoned goldmines in the region reopened and developed.
The Break O'Day Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss and consider Webb Mining Services' development application to extraction gold from Sailors Gully, Mangana - about seven kilometres north-west of Fingal.
The company wants to mine the old Argyle, Golden Entrance and Mangana underground sites, which operated at various times from 1859 to 1928.
If approved, the mine's expected lifespan is five to 10 years and would directly employ between 10 and 30 people, depending on exploration results.
The proposal involves the extraction of up to 50,000 cubic metres of material, which would produce about 10 tonnes of gold concentrate a year.
It is also planned to construct a workshop, an office, private roadways, an ore processing plant and storage areas.
Environmental Protection Authority director Alex Schaap has considered the Mangana project and he is satisfied the mine can be ``managed in an environmentally acceptable manner''.
``Under the proposal, material would be extracted via underground shafts and treated by means of crushing and gravity separation on site,'' Mr Schaap said.
``I have considered the evaluation of environmental issues associated with the proposal in the draft Environmental Assessment Report.
``I have imposed conditions that specifically relate to the management of ground and surface water as well as the storage of waste rock.''
The proposal comes just two weeks after a new $50 million coal mine at Fingal, expected to create up to 100 jobs, was approved by the state government.
Break O'Day Mayor Sarah Schmerl was unavailable for comment yesterday.