The proposal is to develop three small ore bodies to the east of the main ore body at the Boddington Gold Mine. The three small ore bodies are known as the Eastern Anomalies and it is proposed to mine them as an extension of the existing mining operation.
The Boddington Gold Mine is located approximately 13 kilometres north-west of the town of Boddington in the South West region of Western Australia.
The Eastern Anomalies area is located outside of the 34 Mile Brook catchment in which the main mining operation occurs. It is situated in the two smaller catchment areas of Wattle Hollow Brook and House Brook which discharge into the saline Hotham River. Approximately 150 hectares of land in these two catchments will be cleared which represents less than 9% of the forested portion of Wattle Hollow Brook catchment and less than 3% of the forested portion of House Brook catchment.
Approximately 10% of the seasonally inundated Eight Swamp would be directly affected by the mining operation.
Mining of the Eastern Anomalies ore bodies would utilise conventional open cut mining methods, including blasting of the laterite cap, and loading the ore by excavator or front-end loader onto haul trucks for transport to the existing processing plant. There is no additional infrastructure proposed for the Eastern Anomalies operation.