Steel penny is being closed after a mine worker was killed in an accident at the site, while another worker was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Key points:Riot police used water cannon on protesters on Sunday after a clash at a mining site in the north-west of the stateKey pointsRiot policemen used water cannons on protesters at the mine site in Tabora, north-western VictoriaThe protesters were protesting against a planned mine in the areaRiot Police used water guns and batons on protesters as they stormed into the mine.
One protester, aged in his 20s, died of his injuries.
Police used tear gas and stun grenades to break up the crowd, but the protesters continued to march and vandalised property.
The incident took place on Sunday at a mine site near Taboras north-eastern town of Taborah.
The mine operator, Goldfields Mining, has applied to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to declare the site as an open mine, which would allow mining to continue, the company said.
Goldfields has previously said that the site is “open” and “under safe operating conditions” but there is currently no way to know if the mine has been declared an open-cut mine.
Goldfield spokesman Mike Kelly said the mine was not an open cut mine, and it would have to apply to the DPI to declare it an open cutting mine.
“If it is declared an under safe operating condition, it would mean that it’s a mine that we are not allowed to enter,” he said.
“It’s not an approved mine.”
The protesters have previously taken to the streets in protest at proposed mine expansion in the state.
Goldsfield last month announced it was planning to expand its Taborabah mine, located a kilometre from the community of Tommo, by 1,500 hectares (4,400 acres) to create a 4,500 hectare (13,000-hectare) gold field.
“There’s a large community of people who are upset about the mine expansion, they’re worried about the water that’s being used, they have water-related concerns,” Mr Kelly said.
“They are not going to go out there and vandalise property, they’ll come and sit in the road and take photos, and we’ll be happy to let them in and let them into the area.”
The Taboralah region is the region that has traditionally been home to the Goldfields mine, but locals have been concerned about its impact on the area’s indigenous people.
“We don’t want it to be the Goldfield,” one resident told the ABC.
“The Goldfields are an industrial site.
The people here are not indigenous.”