Cadia-Ridgeway Mine

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Cadia mine is located in Australia
Cadia mine
Cadia mine
Location in Australia
StateNew South Wales
Coordinates33°28′01″S 148°59′35″E / 33.467°S 148.993°E / -33.467; 148.993Coordinates: 33°28′01″S 148°59′35″E / 33.467°S 148.993°E / -33.467; 148.993
ProductionCopper: 57,000 tonnes
Gold: 532,187 ounces
Financial year2008-09
Closed2030+ (forecast)
CompanyNewcrest Mining
WebsiteCadia Valley Operations

Cadia Mine is a series of large underground and open-cut gold and copper mines located in the Cadia Valley, about 20 kilometres south of the regional city of Orange, New South Wales, Australia. The mine has been developed throughout the 1990s and is a major employer in the region with an expected lifespan of several decades. Cadia is the second largest open cut mine in Australia after the Super Pit at Kalgoorlie. Large mineral deposits are also being uncovered from the more recently developed Ridgeway underground mine, and Cadia East underground mine, adjacent to the Cadia Open Cut Mine.

The mine is operated by Newcrest Mining. Cadia-Ridgeway is one of two gold mines Newcrest currently operates in Australia, the other one being Telfer in Western Australia. A third gold mine fully owned by the company is the Lihir Island Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea. Another mine in Papua New Guinea, the Wafi-Golpu mine, is partially owned in a joint venture operation. In August 2019, Newcrest Mining acquired 70% of the Red Chris operation in British Columbia Canada, in a joint venture with Imperial Metals Corporation.

Water supply[edit]

In May 2007, due to the prolonged drought which was likely to adversely affect production in the near future, the company approached Orange City Council requesting to use some of the town water supply. Orange City Council subsequently agreed to allow a supply initially from Gosling Creek Reservoir and then if necessary from Lake Canobolas. The two main water supplies for Orange, Suma Park Dam and Spring Creek Reservoir will not be used. Cabonne Shire Council later offered to supply water from a disused quarry on Icely Road to the east of Orange. There was also a dispute in July 2009 currently[when?] in the courts between Orange City Council and Newcrest Mining to the current rights to the towns treated effluent water that the mine has received for free since beginning its operations in the late 1990s. Orange City Council believes the mine has broken the original agreement it had with the mine due to the mine's recent expansion and development of Cadia East and Ridgeway Deeps projects, and now would like the mine to purchase the treated effluent water.[1][needs update]


The Ridgeway Deeps mine site contains a large number of autonomous systems including Sandvik Automine for automating the underground loaders and Transmin Rocklogic for automating the rockbreakers. Ridgeway materials handling system is automated by controllogix PLC and CitectSCADA. Concentrator is automated by Yokogawa DCS centum VP. Cadia East underground materials handling system is fully automated by Yokogawa Stardom system. Yokogawa Centum VP graphics is used as the main operator interface. [2]

Union involvement[edit]

The employees at the Cadia-Ridgeway Mine are represented by the Australian Workers Union. They are employed under an enterprise agreement known as the "Cadia Valley Operations Enterprise Agreement 2012". The agreement was approved by Fair Work Australia on 23 November 2012 and will expire on 15 November 2016.[needs update] The Australian Workers Union was nominated as a bargaining representative for this agreement. This was the first agreement that the union had involvement with Newcrest at the Cadia-Ridgeway Mine.

Earthquake interruptions[edit]

In March 2018, production was stopped at the mine following the partial collapse of a wall retaining one of the tailings dams. Tailings were retained in the adjacent dam, but production was halted pending a solution to disposal or storage of future tailings. It was reported that it could take one to six months to put in place an alternative. A magnitude 2.7 earthquake had been recorded in the area the day before cracks were noticed in the wall. The mine had also been closed for 3 months in 2017 due to earthquake damage.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stink over effluent Central Western Daily, published: 3 July 2009, accessed: 19 July 2010
  2. ^ "Sandvik delivering 14 LH517 LHDs to massive Cadia East project". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  3. ^ Chappell, Trevor (16 March 2018). "'One to six months': Cadia delay may be extensive, says Newcrest boss". Central Western Daily. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  1. Fair Work Australia Commission

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