Hon Damien O’Connor
Minister for Rural Communities
Hon Fletcher Tabuteau
Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development
13 December 2019
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at
Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the
West Coast today.
“This is great news for the Coast that could attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in to the region. The
coast has a long colourful gold mining history and Blackwater gold reef was one of the most productive and richest in
“The PGF has invested $15 million as a commercial loan so that Tasman Mining Limited can build 3.3km long twin decline
tunnels at the former Blackwater Gold Mine site and complete a three year drilling programme to see if gold mining will
be viable there again.
“Private funding is difficult to raise for gold mining and PGF funding will accelerate the project for the community, as
well as lift the confidence of private investors to back the project,” Mr O’Connor said.
Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, said the project builds on a
pre-existing mine operation with known gold resources and the skills and experiences of local people and businesses.
“Small scale drilling in recent years shows evidence that gold is present. A twenty-year permit to mine gold, as well as
silver from the site, is in place and the mining entrance is situated on private land, which will be rehabilitated for
forestation and grazing once mining ceases.
The PGF is all about regional economic growth and job creation. About forty jobs will be created while the drilling
project is operating over the next three years, and it is predicted there will be around 100 jobs at the mine when it is
at full production, from about 2024, Mr Tabuteau said.
Funding from the Provincial Growth Fund is approved in principle and announced, after which contracts are negotiated.
Some funding may depend on completion of business cases. Payments are made once agreed milestones are met. These are set
as part of contract negotiations, and differ from project to project.