John Lamb of Mallee Resources aims for a quick nickel start at Avebury | the lawyer

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A job boom on the west coast would follow the planned relaunch of the Avebury nickel mine. ASX-listed Mallee Resources Limited is aiming to buy the long-mothballed mine. The mine owner’s creditors backed the plan on Wednesday. Mallee chief executive John Lamb said on Thursday the intention would be to retain the current roughly 40 employees and that an operational Avebury had always been budgeted to have between 150 and possibly as many as 200 jobs. He said it was too early to give a firm prediction, but he expected employment numbers to be somewhere in that range when the mine – near Zeehan – resumed production. “We plan to get it up and running as quickly as possible,” Lamb said. “We do not plan to continue with care and maintenance. It will be a quick return to production. There is a bit to do. The plant has been in care and maintenance since it closed in 2009 and parts of it- ci have been exposed to the elements.”Generally speaking, it’s in pretty good shape.”Mr. Lamb said a restart would bring additional people, dollars and business to the West Coast at a time when the region ‘could do with that.’ Mallee’s purchase of Allegiance Mining – which owns the Avebury mine, licenses and other assets – still requires shareholder approval. Mr Lamb has no plans to difficulties with shareholder approvals or regulatory requirements.Formerly managing director of MMG Limited of Rosebery and Avebury mines when the multinational miner owned Avebury, Mr Lamb said he was delighted to be back on the site.” I think what comes out of this meeting of creditors is that it brings certainty to creditors, employers and the community,” he said. “There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding this operation for a long time. “Our plan for the future is to pick up all the people there and bring them with us.” He said the employees had done a great job. , and some had been with the operation for more than a decade. “I thanked both teams for their hard work and patience,” he said. It has been quite a trying time for the employees.” additional workers would live on the west coast and how many elsewhere. Mr Lamb said the operation had local accommodation and work was underway to organize more MMG sold Avebury to private company Dundas Mining in 2016 for $25 million.Dundas and some of the related entities went into receivership late last year.Nickel prices have risen sharply in recent months. Why not subscribe to The Advocate for more daily local news?