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By Rhody Gleeson
The Green Army has arrived in the Hills
and is ready to begin various conservation
projects in partnership with SA Landcare
The team is made up of six young workers
who will be putting in 30 hours a week helping
to maintain land on both council and private
properties over the next six months.
The Green Army is a Federal Government
initiative designed to get young people
involved in conservation projects while also
gaining new skills to improve their career
Landcare Association of SA chairman Gerry
Bulter said he was pleased to have six extra
workers to help tackle conservation projects.
“We have a number of projects lined up
all over the place from Stirling right up to
Mt Pleasant,” he said.
“Having a volunteer team enables us to keep
the momentum going which is so important, a
group of this size is very helpful.”
Group supervisor Geoff Hodgson said the
young helpers would be assisting with some
of the more labor intensive tasks.
“The guys will be helping out with a variety
of revegetation projects involving the planting
of new trees and native grasses and helping
with weed control as well as removing dead
trees,” he said.
Chris Cavallo joined the Green Army after
postponing his honors degree to gain some
“I finished my chemistry degree in mid
2013 and started my honors thesis but did
not complete it,” he said. “I wanted to build
some practical skills in an area related to
my studies and hopefully this program will
be a stepping stone towards a career in
Many of the other team members are also
recent university graduates unable to find
work in the conservation industry and are
using the program as a chance to gain more
Callum Banks heard about the program
through a friend and decided to give it a go after
spending the past year working in customer
service and not using his qualifications in
environmental policy management.
“I struggled finding a job after uni and was
tired of working in retail so I decided to do
something related to the job I want to do later
on,” he said.
The program is set to run for 26 weeks after
which a new team of Green Army workers
will be given the chance to take over and gain
some valuable experience of their own.
Standing from left: New Springs Landcare Group chairman Ross Leckie, Eloise Bicknell, James
Telford, Callum Banks, Hanna Sharland, Chris Cavallo, Ellie Neindorf, team supervisor Geoff
Hodgson, Upper River Torrens Landcare Group chairman Stephen Anderson. Sitting: Sixth Creek
Catchment Group chairman Sue Campbell, Landcare Association of SA chairman Gerry Butler.
Green Army ready to tackle
Landcare jobs across Hills
Landcare Association of SA chairman Gerry
Butler and Green Army team supervisor Geoff
Angas Zinc at Strathalbyn
could reopen in coming years if
resource prices continue to rise,
according to the mine’s general
manager Joe Ranford.
Mr Ranford said big mines in
Australia were closing, global
supply was dropping and the owner
of Angas – Terramin Australia
was just “sitting and waiting”
for the zinc price to increase
sufficiently to justify reopening.
“There’s still resources of lead
and zinc at Angas,” he said.
“We’re comfortable that the site is
under care and maintenance and
Terramin Australia began
processing at the mine in 2007 but
stopped mining in September 2013
when low commodity prices meant
the operation wasn’t financially
The price for zinc had fluctuated
between a high of more than $5000
a tonne to lows of around $1500.
A total of 115 full-time employees
lost their jobs when mining stopped
and the processing plant was
placed into “care and maintenance”
Angas had an approved resource
of 2.5 million tonnes and had
processed 1.98m tonnes.
About 120,000 tonnes of zinc,
46,500 tonnes of lead and 1,584,461
ounces of silver were produced.
The mine has additional zinc
resources of 600,000 tonnes but
it is lower grade meant it would
take too long and cost too much to
access at 2013 prices.
By Genevieve Cooper
The new owners of the Bird
in Hand gold deposit near
Woodside believe they can
build a “water neutral” mine
that will have minimal effect on
the district’s jealously guarded
underground water reserves.
bought the historic gold mine and a
portfolio of other exploration sites
from Maximus Resources in 2013,
was quoted in a recent community
newsletter as saying it would
focus on mining techniques that
“avoided the groundwater rather
than ‘dewatering’ as proposed by
the previous owners”.
The Bird-in-Hand tenement has
a confirmed resource of 237,000
ounces of gold.
Maximus Resources’ bid to reopen
the mine was stalled several years
ago when local residents raised
the alarm about damaging their
Any attempt to reopen the mine
will have to overcome problems
with flooding from underground
Maximus wanted to instigate a
system of pumping water away
from the mine area and then
reinjecting it underground.
Terramin Australia general
manager Joe Ranford said his
company was looking at doing the
“We think we can design a
water neutral mine so we’re not
dewatering the region,” he said.
The company’s stance follows a
year-long field investigation which
included some deep drilling last
winter that looked at the fractured
rock aquifer below 125m.
The study also involved the
monitoring of 34 wells and bores
in the district, rock permeability
testing, computer modelling and
the cross referencing of pumping
results with historical information.
Mr Ranford said early results
indicated that water moved very
slowly through most of the rock
Fractured rock zone
The bulk of the underground water
moved through fault lines in the
aquifer and, according Terramin’s
hydrogeology consultants, that
fracture zone was limited and the
fractured rock aquifer was bound
by “lower permeability rocks”.
Mr Ranford said it might be
possible to build a mine that
avoided the fractured rock zone and
where grouting techniques could
be used to direct water around the
mine shafts and to prevent water
entering the mine void.
He said the company was still
in the “pre-feasibility stage” of
the project with seven months of
drilling scheduled to discover more
about the geology of the area.
Woodside gold mine
may have a future
Playing the waiting game
at Strathalbyn zinc deposit
We think we can design
a water neutral mine so
we’re not dewatering
– Terramin Australia general
manager Joe Ranford
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