History Lava Plains Sapphire Resource

The smaller Lava Plains field differs markedly from the Anakie field in that the basalts that host the sapphires are very much in evidence on the field. Located 100km south of Mount Garnet and mining is centred on the Wyandotte Creek area.

Some small-scale mining began in the 1970s but it was not until the mid to late1980s that large-scale mining occurred. In 1990, there were three mechanised operations in the Mines Hill-Wyandotte Creek area.

Since 1993 until 2002 there has been no commercial mining undertaken on the Lava Plains field.

2002 saw Coolamon Mining establish operations in the area.

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