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Independence Group's head office has been located in Perth since the Company's formation in 2000. In 2011 the Company moved from Belmont to South Perth and the South Perth offices now house our New Business, Finance, Human Resources, Administration, Legal, Information Technology and related support services.
Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia and is located in the South West corner of the state. It is the fourth most populous city in Australia, with an estimated population of 1.9 million (at 30 June 2012) living in Greater Perth. The Swan River weaves its way through the city and down to the port of Fremantle making living and working in and out of Perth one of the best experiences in Australia.
The Company's wholly owned subsidiary Independence Long, acquired the Long Nickel Mining Complex (consisted of the Long, Victor and Gibb orebodies) and equipment from WMC Resources in September 2002 and successfully re-commissioned the mine in October 2002. The underground mine, which started production in 1979, and now know as the Company's “Long Operation”, is located at Kambalda in Western Australia 60kms south of Kalgoorlie on the Goldfields Highway. Since acquiring the asset, exploration success has lead to the discovery of the McLeay, Moran and Long North orebodies, which are currently being exploited.
Since recommissioning the Long Operation has produced (as of FY 11-12) 2.4 million tonnes for ore at a reconciled grade of 3.9% nickel (63,442 nickel tonnes). Ongoing brownfields exploration success has resulted in the discovery of the McLeay ( 2005 ) and Moran ore bodies (2008) which has enabled the operation to develop a reserves base which supports a mine life until at least 2017, at a nominal 9,000 tonnes of contained nickel metal per annum.
Kambalda is Australia's original ‘Nickeltown' with large deposits of nickel being mined since 1966. Kambalda is also a town split into two townsites 4 kilometres apart. Kambalda East (approx 857 people at the 2011 census) and Kambalda West, ( approx 1,843 people at the 2011 census) are located on the western edge of the Lake Lefroy salt lake. Kambalda is a town with many amenities including supermarket, bank branch, post office, police station, newsagency, public library, hotel, recreation centre, a primary school and a district high school.
Travel and Rosters
The Long Operation is run as a predominantly residential operation with some FIFO roles. The operation also runs several roster types to accommodate the manning requirements depending on the area of employment.
The strong residential focus at the Long Operation offers employees the opportunity to be home every night/day (depending on the roster they work) with their partner/families along with opportunity to be part of the close knit communities of both Kambalda and Kalgoorlie.
FIFO employees are located at one of the two town camps. Both of the town camps offer a full range of delicious food, accommodation and leisure facilities and provide a comfortable home base for leisure time outside of work.
The Company's wholly owned subsidiary Independence Jaguar, acquired from Jabiru Metals Limited in June 2011 consisted of the Jaguar and Bentley ore bodies. Today the Jaguar Operation, located 60km north of Leonora and 250km north of Kalgoorlie, comprises the Jaguar and Bentley copper-zinc-silver underground mines, a processing plant and an exploration team.
Historically, the Jaguar deposit was discovered in 2002 approximately 4km south of the historic Teutonic Bore open cut and underground Cu-Zn-Ag mine which was in operation in the early 1980's. The Bentley deposit was subsequently discovered in 2008 and brought into production in the June 2011 quarter when decline development intersected the top of the ore body.
Ore from both declines is now processed on site at the Jaguar concentrator which produces both a copper and zinc concentrate. The concentrates are trucked 720km to the Port of Geraldton and then shipped to metal smelters overseas.
Jaguar Operation employees travel to site in comfort on our weekly charter flights to Leonora or on commercial flights where necessary. On arrival at Leonora airport, after the short flight from Perth, airport coaches transfer employees direct to the Jaguar Village which takes approximately 40 minutes.
Jaguar Village Facilities
The Jaguar Village is located 6kms from the Jaguar Operations site office and provides employees with a comfortable home away from home.
Whilst at work and living in the Village employees are provided with all accommodation and meals. Our dining room serves a range of excellent food catering for all tastes. Our employees able to choose from a range of healthy and tasty food to suit their particular dietary requirements and tastes.
The Village has a total of 260 fully or semi ensuited (shared bathroom facilities between 2 individual rooms) rooms. Regardless of room type each room has a number of standard items that are supplied in each including and include air-conditioner, television aerial point, bar fridge and all bed linen, towels and soap.
The Jaguar Village also provide a range of services and leisure activities to make our employees time away from home more comfortable. These include:
The proposed Stockman Project is located approximately 19km east-south-east of the township of Benambra in East Gippsland, Victoria.
The Stockman scope of work includes re-commissioning of the abandoned Wilga underground mine and development of the new Currawong underground mine, in conjunction with construction of a new, one million tonne per annum processing plant and expansion of the existing tailings storage facility.
To date the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) has been progressed in parallel with the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) process in order to fast-track development lead time. The outcome of the DFS will be considered by the Independence Board before a final decision is made on whether to proceed with development of the project.
At present the Company has a small office in the township of Omeo in support of this project. Omeo is located in the Gippsland region of Victoria, approx. 400kms North East of Melbourne.