A legal row is brewing in New South Wales, Australia after the Eurobodalla Shire Council and the NSW Environmental Defender’s Office lodged an appeal of the environmental minister’s decision to grant the mining company Cortona Resources permission to set up a gold mine near the nation’s capital in Canberra.

The site, Majors Creek, was historically home to the largest gold field in the Australian state and the The Dargues Reef project is expected to create over 100 jobs during the initial construction and setting up of the mine as well as sustaining around 80 jobs in the long term; a major factor in the decision to allow Cortona Resources to mine in the area given the current economic situation.

Peter van der Borgh, the managing director of the mining company and one of the key players in the establishment of the mine at Major s Creek, believes that, legally speaking, they have enough might to see off the last ditch legal challenge. Cortona Resources has a history of fulfilling certain environmental and legal obligations when it comes to mining, especially in a country such as Australia where the environment is highly important, and van der Borgh believes that it will be the company’s commitment and history when it comes to the environment that will help defeat any legal action.

Production was initially signalled to start in the first quarter of 2012 and the mine is expected to yield some 50 000 oz of gold over six years however it remains to be seen whether or not the legal challenge to its opening will be successful or not.

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