Cadia-Ridgeway mine

Coordinates: 33°28′01″S 148°59′35″E / 33.467°S 148.993°E / -33.467; 148.993
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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; 148.993
ProductionCopper: 85,000 tonnes
Gold: 561,000 ounces
Financial year2021–22[1]
Closed2030+ (forecast)

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.

Water and power 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 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.[2][needs update]

In 2021, Newcrest contracted 55% (about 650 GWh/year) of the Rye Park 396 MW wind farm to supply some of its power needs for 15 years.[3]


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.[4]

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.

Work stoppages[edit]

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.[5] The company subsequently obtained a permit from the N.S.W. Government to use the old Cadia Hill open cut pit for tailings storage and commenced to do so during 2018.[6]

Ground water[edit]

On 22 July 2022, water from an aquifer entering a ventilation shaft caused all underground production to cease while visual and other examinations were undertaken. Underground production was affected for several weeks. Processing of ore stored above ground was continued.[7]


  1. ^ "Newcrest Mining Annual Report 2022" (PDF). Newcrest. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  2. ^ Stink over effluent Central Western Daily, published: 3 July 2009, accessed: 19 July 2010
  3. ^ Parkinson, Giles (1 September 2021). "Biggest wind farm in NSW reaches financial close, to feature Australia's biggest turbines". RenewEconomy. Archived from the original on 1 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Sandvik delivering 14 LH517 LHDs to massive Cadia East project". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  5. ^ Chappell, Trevor (16 March 2018). "'One to six months': Cadia delay may be extensive, says Newcrest boss". Central Western Daily. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  6. ^ Probert, Author Oliver (26 April 2018). "Newcrest to use Cadia open pit for tailings". Australian Bulk Handling Review. Retrieved 6 January 2022. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  7. ^ Gold mine near Orange stops extraction, halts work following underground incident, Joanna Woodburn, ABC News Online, 2022-08-03

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