Kalbar Resources is seeking community feedback on preliminary findings of the technical and environmental studies for the Fingerboards Mineral Sands project at Glenaladale.
Several technical studies are currently underway as part of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) for the mineral sands mining project and some of the initial results will be presented to the community at a consultation session on 17 July.
Kalbar Resources Managing Director, Neil O’Loughlin said: “While the final studies and EES report are still some months away, we are keen to discuss some of the early findings with the community and receive some initial feedback”.
“A substantial amount of work is being undertaken by specialist consultants and the community will be interested in hearing about the scientific information that is emerging about the potential impacts of the project and how they will be managed”, Mr O’Loughlin said.
Mr O’Loughlin said: “While the studies are still a ‘work in progress’, we would like to present some initial findings so that the community has access to scientific evidence and is given an opportunity to make comment on the studies”.
“Community involvement is an important part of the EES process and we want to encourage feedback to ensure that the studies meet the community’s expectations”, he said.
The Environment Effects Statement is being prepared under the oversight of a Technical Reference Group consisting of all relevant State and local government bodies and chaired by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Formal public comment on the EES will be invited when all reports are completed to the satisfaction of DELWP and the Minister for Planning. The environmental assessment is also subject to public review by an independent panel appointed by the Minister.
Kalbar Resources proposes to extract mineral sands from the globally significant Glenaladale deposit for export and overseas processing.
Mineral sands are used in a wide variety of household, industrial and medical applications, including ceramics, paint, electronics, medical imaging, communications, transport, computing and renewable energy.
“The project is a very significant investment that can create hundreds of local jobs and generate over $200 million worth of economic benefits for the region,” Mr O’Loughlin said.
“The EES process is about ensuring that the economic and community benefits can be delivered along with an environmentally sustainable project”, he said.
An initial overview of three of the studies will be presented at the community meeting: Socio-economic, Air Quality and Biodiversity.
Technical consultants will present their studies to the meeting and invite questions and comment from community members. Further consultation sessions will be held on the remaining technical studies.
The Community Information and Consultation session will be held at Lindenow Hall on Tuesday 17thJuly from 7.00pm to 10.00pm.