Limited with a 20 % interest. Open-pit and underground gold and silver production ceased in April 1998 and the reclamation phase took about three years. Although rehabilitation of the site was a regulatory requirement, the Closure Plan was enhanced by a commitment by the Joint Venture to establish a sustainable land use for the site by commissioning engineered facilities designed to last for perpetuity. Cyanide management and community consultation were important issues requiring careful planning and management, beginning before closure planning commenced and continuing throughout the closure phase (MacGillivray et al 2000). The Golden Cross mine was an open-pit and underground gold and silver operation from December 1991 to April 1998, when 584,000 ounces of gold and 1,675,000 ounces of silver were produced from 5 million tons of ore. The underground vein system was mined at a 4.0 g/t cut off grade and provided 1.7 million tons grading 6.7 g/t, while 3.4 million tons at an average grade of 2.5 g/t, using a cut-off grade of 1.0 g/t, were extracted from the open-pit (Maton, 1999). The project is situated near the southern end of the Coromandel Range at the headwaters of th
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