FINGERBOARDS PROJECT

Mine location 1

Project development and approvals process

Developing a productive mine takes a long time. The Glenaladale deposit has been explored and studied for over 13 years and there is still a long way to go before a mine can be built.

Project planning

Kalbar is working on a definitive feasibility study (DFS), which is a complete design in terms of mine and process engineering, and marketing the product to potential buyers. Since taking ownership of the project we have consulted directly affected landowners and community members about aspects of the project. Input from these consultations has been taken into account in the mine design for the DFS.

Once the DFS is finished, we will present the results to the community. 

Understanding the impacts and getting approval

The Minister for Planning has required an Environment Effects Statement (EES) under the Victorian Environment Effects Act 1978.  Approval will also be required under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The EES Report is expected to be completed in May 2019. Public exhibition and Ministerial assessment of the EES is expected to occur in the second half of 2019.

As part of the EES we will be studying how the mine could potentially impact the environment and local communities. We have to demonstrate how we can eliminate or mitigate any impacts of the mining operation before any approvals are given.

The EES process is managed by the Victorian government and involves public input throughout the process of defining and evaluating the potential environmental, social and economic effects of the project. The period, timing and notification of these public input periods are controlled by the regulator. 

All relevant information and reports will be made available at key stages through information bulletins, this web site and local media. Public input and engagement throughout this process is encouraged to ensure that all community issues are properly identified and addressed.

Kalbar plans to locate the proposed Fingerboards Mine offices and plant on the Steenholdt Block, which is owned by Kalbar. This property was a blue gum plantation that burnt in 2014. The image shows the burnt trees that have been pushed into wind rows to reduce further fire risk. Community members have harvested some trees for firewood sales.
Kalbar plans to locate the proposed Fingerboards Mine offices and plant on the Steenholdt Block, which is owned by Kalbar. This property was a blue gum plantation that burnt in 2014. The image shows the burnt trees that have been pushed into wind rows to reduce further fire risk. Community members have harvested some trees for firewood sales.