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As underground mining is undertaken at an ever increasing depth, there is an ongoing need to optimise
ground support practices to ensure the safety of the workforce and continuity of production. The ground
support systems applied at Perseverance Mine in Western Australia have evolved over several years and
have involved refinement of well established support techniques for the challenging ground conditions
encountered elsewhere, as well as the testing of several innovative products and support practices. This
paper provides an overview of ground support at Perseverance Mine as it relates to the development cycle,
as well as presenting the results of several ground support trials undertaken at the mine over recent years.
These trials have aimed to manage the risk associated with challenging ground conditions encountered at
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