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Fifty redundancies as gold mine closes

About 50 underground gold miners are to be made redundant as Norton Gold Fields’ Homestead mine prepares to close by the end of the year.

The company was seeking voluntary redundancies from its 80 underground workers, including 30 workers from the nearby Bullant mine.

The mine is located 35km north-east of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and is coming to the end of it’s mine life, after seven years of operation. However, some minor work may still occur with a skeleton crew.

Plans to move workers from Homestead to Tuart underground mine have been delayed, however Norton have not ruled out development of the mine next year, according to ABC.

Homestead and Bullant mines provide high-grade ore for Norton’s Paddington Mill.

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