A mine closure programme is also about ensuring that our proposed underground gold mine leaves a positive social and economic legacy for Dalradian’s employees and the wider community in west Tyrone. For those reasons we have already begun planning how best to prepare for the closure of the mine. These plans will evolve as the operational phase of the mine begins and we will seek input from our employees as well as community groups, relevant stakeholder organisations and others as operations develop at the mine.
As part of our planning process we will conduct future reviews of our closing process to enable appropriate measures for the closure and post-closure phases of the mine to be identified. We anticipate that our proposed mine will act as a stimulus for other businesses and suppliers in the west Tyrone area. That will mean that existing businesses in west Tyrone are likely to grow, while new enterprises will be created. Therefore in the next version of the mine closure plan, particularly once the mine has been established, more detailed information will be provided with respect to our plans and commitments to develop retraining plans and alternative work opportunities once the mine has closed.
However as a starting principle we will ensure that our HR policies over the life of the mine will be developed and designed to ensure that sustainable certifications and professional development are integral to Dalradian’s HR training to help employees find future work in a variety of sectors after the mine has closed.
At Dalradian we already encourage employees to learn new skills. In practice this has meant people at our office in Omagh and our exploration site at Owenkillew have taken on new roles within the company, been promoted to different positions and added to their skillset and experience while working with us. Many of our employees at the underground mine will already be coming from different occupations such as farming or construction, so refocusing existing skillsets and learning new ones is inbuilt to Dalradian’s way of working.
An underground gold mine has the potential to be economically transformative for the economy and the people of west Tyrone. Our closure plans are being designed to ensure that even after the mine’s closure, the positive economic impact will continue to be felt for Dalradian’s employees, their families and the wider community.
“Elected member of the Templemore Thurles Municipal District Council speaking about the closure of the Lisheen Mine, county Tipperary. The Municipal District Council awarded a civic welcome to the mine owners Vedanta for the manner in which they handled the mine closure. Vedanta is an Indian mining company and they committed in their closure plan to setting a new standard for mine closures and they delivered on that promise. They looked after their employees, their local community and secured the future of the site and deserved to be recognised for that commitment.“
If you support our plans to build a mine and believe it will be economically transformative for west Tyrone while respecting the environment, express your support to DfI. You will want to include the specific reasons you support the application. You can do this via our “Build a Support Letter” tool at www.dalradian.com/opportunity. Alternately, you may write directly to DfI by email at email@example.com referencing LA10/2017/1249/F or by post at: Strategic Planning Division, First Floor, Clarence Court, 10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8GB or Chief Planner’s Office, 71 Ebrington Square, Derry-Londonderry, BT47 6FA
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