In the spirit of this cooperative approach, the HVJV has agreed to stop using the statutory declaration form as part of the voluntary garden compensation process.
The HVJV remains committed to continued constructive dialogue with its key stakeholders, including the national, provincial and local level government, community leaders and the local community in order to resolve remaining community issues.
David Wissink Hidden Valley Joint Venture Mobile: (675) 7100 2406 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hidden Valley Mine is operated by the Hidden Valley Mine Joint Venture (HVJV) a 50:50 Joint Venture between Harmony Gold of South Africa and Newcrest Mining of Australia.
The Hidden Valley Mine is located near Wau and Bulolo in Morobe Province. It was officially opened in September 2010.
The Hidden Valley Mine has a workforce of more than 2,000 people with 95 per cent of workers being PNG Nationals and 50 per cent being from the local communities.
It is important to note that the Hidden Valley Mine has an engineered tailings storage facility and no mine processing residue, or tailings, is discharged into the river.
The mine related sediment in the river that has caused community concern was run-off from mine overburden and construction activities.
The mine transitioned from construction to operation in October 2010.
Mine sediment run-off is now significantly lower due to mitigation measures.
These measures included ceasing of side casting of waste rock and overburden in September 2009, ongoing revegetation of exposed slopes and erosion control, and the storage of waste rock in engineered waste rock facilities.
The HVJV places a high value on responsible environmental management and our relationship with local communities.
The HVJV has been making voluntary garden compensation payments to communities along the Watut River for flood damage to crops and gardens, regardless of whether this was due to additional sediment run-off from the mine construction activity or by natural events such as landslips and heavy rain.
To date, the HVJV has paid a total of K3.8 million to 3,700 Watut River landowners.
The voluntary garden compensation payments are in addition to the Hidden Valley Mine's existing sustainable development program which is bringing education support, agricultural skills, health programs and community facilities such as sanitation and water supplies, school classrooms, community halls and aid posts.
These programmess were developed in partnership with the local and provincial government and are aligned with their development programs.
An Expert Stakeholder Advisory Panel is also being established by the HVJV to provide independent review of sediment related issues and related community concerns.