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Southland Coal Production

19 September 2002

The Southland Colliery is currently undergoing some production difficulties as localised ground conditions are adversely impacting the longwall operation. Mining is continuing but the rate of coal extraction is slower than planned.

September quarter production will be about two-thirds of the 280,000 tonne budget. Production and stock is sufficient to meet customer requirements.

A predicted zone of poor ground conditions appears to have impacted on the operation about one month earlier than scheduled and its effect is exacerbated by ground stresses normally experienced at the commencement of any longwall panel - at Southland such stress typically occurs until the longwall production unit has advanced about 220 metres along the panel and it has to date advanced some 130 metres along new longwall panel SL3.

Southland Coal management and the contract-operator Thiess are working together to determine the geotechnical and other contributions to current longwall-face instability and to re-establish full production.

It is anticipated that production will return to budget levels in the next quarter as a range of operational refinements are implemented and the longwall emerges from the current zone. The estimated financial impact of this event is accommodated within our budgeted contingency provisions. Various measures are being examined to effect a catch-up with budgeted production of about 1.5 million tonnes for the full 2002-03 year.

Gympie Gold is an Australian exploration, production and marketing company which mines and markets gold and gemstone from southeast Queensland and high-quality coking coal from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.

Full details can be obtained in the following downloadable files:

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