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Tasmanian bauxite mine gets the greenlight

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Australian Bauxite has received the greenlight for its Bald Hill mine in Tasmanian.

This approvals have given the go-ahead for the first new bauxite mine in Australia for more than 35 years.

Approximately 45 new mining jobs will be created.

The state's Northern Midlands Council has approved the development application to allow mining at the site in northern Tasmania. 

The miner has begun securing the site, and is now working on haulage roads and fences with the lease as a pre-cursor to mining.

"The final approval by Northern Midlands Council paves the way for Australian Bauxite to commence mining operations on schedule - a credit to all concerned," ABx's COO Leon Hawker said.

"Our expectation is that 45 direct jobs will be created at the mine, in transport, at Bell Bay Port and in administration as a consequence of the Bald Hill mine. A number of additional indirect jobs will arise as operations expand," he added.

The mine is located less than 100 kilometres by road to the Bell Bay export port.

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