Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke inspecting the Lake Cowal Gold Operations mine.

The NSW Government is calling for community feedback on a proposal to re-route a 2.85 kilometre section of the travelling stock reserve near West Wyalong to accommodate the expansion of the Lake Cowal Gold Operations mine.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said members of the public are invited to lodge submissions over the next 28 days.

“We encourage members of the community to have their say on this proposal to re-route a section of the travelling stock reserve on Lake Cowal Road at Lake Cowal,” Ms Cooke said.

“Evolution Mining has approval to expand its Lake Cowal Gold Operations mine and is seeking to acquire a section of the travelling stock reserve to accommodate the expansion.

“The proposal would include Evolution transferring a 4.8 kilometre section of its own land to accommodate the re-routing of the travelling stock route north of the mine.

“Negotiations between the NSW Government and Evolution will ensure the future operation of the travelling stock route is not impacted and that users are not disadvantaged.”

The Lake Cowal Gold Operations has been deemed of state significance and is expected to provide about 100 construction jobs and 30 ongoing jobs in the region and inject about $27 million into the state economy.

The travelling stock reserve proposal is on public exhibition for 28 days on the Department’s website at https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/lands/public/on-exhibition/proposed-relocation-of-travelling-stock-reserve-tsr-17085,-lake-cowal where details can be found on how to make a submission.

“Members of the public are invited to make submissions online, via email or post,” Ms Cooke said.

“We want to ensure any decision made on the proposal fully considers all views.

“Once a final decision is made, all submission makers will be notified and the decision will be published on the Department’s website.”