A world-class gold operation.

At Cowal, Evolution’s mantra of ‘never say never’ has led to a longer mine life as we have boldly reimagined our future. With a $430 million investment, we’ve taken our successful open pit operation underground in just seven years. Combined with unique work opportunities across Processing, Maintenance and support teams, our operational diversity at Cowal is great for uplifting careers.

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Diversifying operations.

Extending mine life.

The development of the underground mine is part of Evolution’s goal for Cowal producing 320,000 ounces of low-cost gold a year and extend its mine life out beyond 17 years, while at the same time injecting significant economic benefit for all stakeholders.

The Open Pit Continuation Project is underway which may extend the open pit operations by 10 years and extend the total mine life.

Fast facts

+ Employees

FY24 gold production guidance (oz)

Mine life

  • 350km west of Sydney
  • 40km north-east of West Wyalong
  • Producing: Gold
  • Open pit, underground, processing and maintenance
  • Owner operator
  • Residential
  • Traditional owners: Wiradjuri people

Our Cowal community

Our Cowal operation sits within the Bland, Lachlan and Forbes shire councils on the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri people. We recognise our obligation to create shared value for all our stakeholders, ensuring we leave the community in a better place than when we arrived.

Our strong community support includes:

Local focus

  • 70% of employees reside across the region
  • 8% of employees identify as Indigenous

Proud to support

  • Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation (WCC)
  • Lake Cowal Conservation Foundation (LCF)
  • Bland, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council

Project and initiatives

  • Lake Cowal Heritage Centre
  • Tivoli Theatre
  • Grazing down the Lachlan
  • Hearts of Gold Festival
  • Active Citizens
  • Cowal Partnering Program
  • Galari Agricultural Project

Living and working at Cowal

Cowal is a residential site where we encourage you to live nearby and enjoy the close-knit communities and lifestyles of the surrounding areas. The majority of our employees reside in West Wyalong, Forbes or Condobolin.



You will be transported from West Wyalong to site via a bus for the beginning of your shift and then returned back to West Wyalong at the conclusion of your shift. This trip takes approximately 40 minutes.

Accommodation and housing

Subject to availability, employees moving to West Wyalong have the option of utilising Evolution accommodation which may include a house for a family (furnished or unfurnished), a single unit (furnished or unfurnished) if you travel elsewhere on your days off. You also have the benefit of salary sacrificing your rental deductions.

West Wyalong


West Wyalong comes with country charm to spare. Like many towns in the region, it was in its heyday during the gold rush of the late 1800s. Take a dip in a mineral pool, follow walking and cycling trails, discover local art legends and have a drink in a country pub.

Sport and recreation

The Bland Shire is a proud and passionate sporting community with a rich history and in recent years Council has made a significant investment in the Shire’s sporting facilities and ovals.

There’s a lot to choose from: West Wyalong Basketball Stadium, golf course, netball courts, three football codes and fields (Australian Rules, Rugby Union and Rugby League), tennis courts.

Other facilities for children include multiple parks, BMX track, Skatepark and a Ninja climbing park.

Education and childcare

With childcare, preschool, primary school and high school options, West Wyalong has your child covered.

Medical and wellbeing

The West Wyalong Health Service is the local hospital, providing 24-hour accident and emergency and includes a 22-bed hospital facility along with a range of community health services.

There are multiple medical practices located around town.



Forbes has a population of just over 8,000 people, and the travel distance from our Cowal Operation is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes’ drive. Forbes is a mix of cherished heritage buildings and contemporary public art creating an eclectic streetscape and attracting visitors from all corners of the world. Their Lake is the centerpiece of Forbes and the envy of communities across regional New South Wales

Forbes host a bi-annual ‘Welcome to Forbes’ event to welcome and support those new to the area.



With a population of around 3,500 people, Condobolin is a charming, riverside country town, small enough to stay endearing and large enough to keep you entertained.

Commonly known as Condo, the town is set on the banks of the beautiful Lachlan River in Central West NSW and is a great spot for fishing and water sports, with plenty of cultural heritage to explore.  Travel distance from our Cowal Operation is approximately 1 hour drive.

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