THE suspension of magnetite production and uncertainty of Mount Margaret operations at Ernest Henry Mine were among the topics discussed at Monday night's community meeting.
Ernest Henry Mining general manager Myles Johnston spoke to a crowd of about 50 residents at Cloncurry for an update on productions in the area.
Mr Johnston referenced the decision to halt magnetite productions because of the current atmosphere of the mining market, and said a technical work program was being undertaken at Mount Margaret to better understand the ore bodies after complications at the site.
He said the underground shaft project at the site was expected to be complete in May, when an estimated 700 contractors would finish up work at the site.
Once complete, the 1000-metre underground shaft will allow EHM to double production rates to around six million tonnes of ore a year and will extend the mine's life to at least 2024.
Mr Johnston told the crowd there was no denying a tough transition stage during the Glencore merger, but that the Cloncurry-based mine prided itself on its attempt to retain employees.
``We have not made a decision yet on the future of Mount Margaret, however we are committed to supporting any affected employees following the outcome of this review,'' he said.