LOCALS are being warned to stay away from Deborah Mine at 9-11 Abel Street, Golden Square and not to enter the fenced off area.
Part of the mine has collapsed due to the large amounts of rain over the winter season and a hole has opened up next to the base of the poppet head.
City of Greater Bendigo Building and Property Services manager Andy Walker said the site had been inspected as soon as the council had been alerted to the issue.
“Upon further investigation of the collapse of the mine, it was noted that part of the timber structure of the poppet head had deteriorated," he said.
"This structure was built in 1935 from steel and timber. In response to this potential danger, a secondary fence around the existing poppet head has been installed to keep people out of the immediate area along with a wire barricade over the open mine shaft to make it safe.
“The council has sought specialist advice from both a structural engineer and mining expert to look at what needs to be done in the short and long term.
“Once the report has been received from these consultants, a long term solution will be determined.
“Discussions have been held between the council, Bendigo Trust and the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the surrounding neighbourhood has been informed of the situation and advised of potential safety issues.
“The area is currently secure and the council has taken the necessary safety precautions but we discourage people from entering the site for any reason.”