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Joint venture partners Gold Fields and Gold Road Resources have officially opened the Gruyere gold mine in Western Australia.
Estimated to ramp up an average production of 300,000 ounces of gold annually, the mine is targeting output of between 75,000–100,000 ounces in 2019.
Gruyere, which was opened at a ceremony held at the site on December 3, is considered a globally significant Tier 1 gold operation with a current mine life of 12 years.
Gold Fields executive vice president Australasia Stuart Mathews said, "Gruyere is a good example of a gold mining operation which provides long-term jobs, sustained industry investment and ongoing spend and support to the local economy."
The mine's open pit gold mining and processing operations will provide employment for more than 250 employees and contractors, while another 700 workers were employed during construction.
Gold Road managing director and chief executive Duncan Gibbs said, "Gold Road is proud that our exploration success has led to the creation of employment and contracting opportunities in regional Western Australia, including for the Yilka people with whom we have forged a strong relationship."
As Gruyere is the first operating mine on Yilka country, its key focus has been to work with the traditional owners alongside providing employment and further developing career pathways for the local community.
Mining and Petroleum Minister, Bill Johnston said, "The Gruyere project is vitally important to Western Australia, not only because of its gold output but also because it will provide around 250 jobs over the next 12 years and open up a new gold province."