Cowal Environment Impact Statement

Cowal Environmental Impact Statement

What is being proposed?

The Cowal Gold Operations (CGO) is located around 38km north-east of West Wyalong and sits within the Bland Shire Council local government area.

Evolution Mining is proposing a new underground mining development, in addition to the existing open cut mine.

Subject to Statutory and Evolution Mining board approvals, construction for the underground mining development could commence in 2021, with operations starting in 2023. The project proposes an extension to the life of mine enabling operations for the next 15+ years. Evolution Mining is a proud member of the local community and welcomes the opportunity to extend this important relationship.

Local employment opportunities

It is estimated that around 200 full time equivalent jobs will be created at the peak of construction.

Once in operation, it is estimated that a further 160 jobs will be created at the underground mine.

Accommodation needs

Finding appropriate accommodation solution for the proposed increased workforce is important for the viability of the project.

An accommodation village in West Wyalong is part of the solution and a number of sites, sizes and designs are to be considered.

We will consult with the community to find the best solutions for Evolution Mining and for the community.

We have a community engagement team available on 02 6975 3454 to respond to queries.

Planning process

To progress plans for the underground development, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now being developed and has been refined since Evolution Mining shared information with the local community in 2019.

To support the underground mining development additions to the surface infrastructure is required. Evolution Mining is seeking approval under DA14/98, named Modification 16 – surface infrastructure proposal to support these modifications.

CGO anticipates the EIS and Modification 16 will be lodged with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) early in Q4 2020.

Further information is available on our Community Newsletter (click here to view or download) or fill out our short survey to provide your feedback by clicking here. 

Community and stakeholder engagement

Evolution Mining is committed to working with the community and local stakeholders to contribute to improving our plans.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions a number of Online Community Information Sessions will be held. Information is also be available at the Bland Shire, Forbes and Condobolin local libraries.

You’re invited to our Online Community Information Sessions.


About the underground mining development:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a number of Online Community Information Sessions are planned to provide you with more detail about the underground mining development.

Register for one of the sessions at a time that suits you, or contact our community engagement team.

Session 1

Date and time: Saturday 5 September, 9am – 10.30am

Where: Online via Zoom




Session 2


Date and time: Tuesday 8 September 6pm – 7.30pm

Where: Online via Zoom




Session 3


Date and time: Saturday 12 September 10am – 11.30am



Further information

Information on the proposed underground mining development and the temporary workers village is also available at the Bland Shire Library, Forbes Library and Condobolin Library during their operating hours.

Contact our team

Members of our project team are here to answer your questions and take your feedback.

You can also fill out a short survey to provide your feedback, please click here


Call: 02 6975 3454


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