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Blue Hills Project Restart

  • After an extensive review process with government agencies throughout 2018, SMC continues to work with the relevant government agencies to approve the final versions of its Blue Hills Extension mining and environmental plans.
  • The Ministerial Statement 1071 requires SMC to comply with 51 conditions in its mining and environmental plans. SMC has supplied plans complying with these conditions and is awaiting regulatory approval of the plans
  • SMC will keep its stakeholders informed of its progress, through updates on this website.
  • SMC would like to recommence mining operations in 2019.
  • Commercial and other expressions of interest may be submitted by our contact us page.

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Stuart Griffiths - Executive General Manager

SMC would like to thank all those who have supported the proposal to recommence mining at Blue Hills and we look forward to again having a significant presence in the local communities.

West Australia’s First Iron Ore Mine

SMC’s Koolanooka mine was West Australia’s first iron ore mine when operations commenced in 1965.

The Mine was re-started and run by SMC from 2008 until 2010 with 130 people directly employed by Sinosteel Midwest, with a further 70 jobs created in the Mid West region

The mine site is now mostly rehabilitated and is part of a research project to studying the most effective ways to return mined areas to their original state.

Morawa shire also has plans to turn the site into a mountain bike park after SMC completes site rehabilitation.