Kalbar Resources, the proponent of the Fingerboards Mineral Sands mine at Glenaladale, has welcomed the East Gippsland Shire Council’s decision to abandon a previous resolution to oppose the project.
At Tuesday night’s Council meeting, a December 2018 Council resolution to pre-empt the environmental assessment process and lobby against the project was rescinded with a vote of five to four.
Kalbar’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Victor Hugo says the Council has made a sensible decision and should now allow all the evidence to be presented and give the community a chance to have their say before taking a formal position on the project.
The company is completing an Environment Effects Statement (EES) as directed by the Victorian Minister for Planning and expects the EES to be lodged in April this year.
Dr Victor Hugo said: “We are working closely with all relevant State and Local Government agencies in preparing the EES, which will provide scientific evidence about any potential impacts of the project and how they will be managed”.
“Once the EES is completed and the community has had the chance to review and respond to the findings, the project will get a fair hearing in accordance with the legislated process”, Dr Hugo said.
“We acknowledge that members of the community have many different views about the project, and we applaud the Council’s decision to await the completion of the process so that the community can participate in the public review of the EES and everyone can be heard”, he said.
The final EES Report will undergo a public exhibition, independent review and Ministerial assessment before any approvals by statutory authorities are considered.