Kalbar’s Fingerboards project will bring stable, local and long-term jobs to East Gippsland. The project will also provide significant opportunities for local businesses that will be required to support the operation of the mine during its life. These opportunities will also create additional local jobs during the life of the mine. It will position East Gippsland at the forefront of an emerging minerals resource that will be critical to the world’s renewables industry.

Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project Inquiry and Advisory Committee

The Minister for Planning has appointed an Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) to consider submissions to the Environment Effects Statement and exhibited documents. The IAC process includes the opportunity for those who made written submissions on the EES the chance to present to the IAC. The IAC hearings can be viewed by all members of the public.

You can find out more about the Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) here.

Project Overview

The Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project focuses on a high-grade area of heavy minerals in the Glenaladale deposit, about 20km northwest of Bairnsdale in East Gippsland, Victoria.

The project has the potential to be one of the world’s major producers of zircon, ilmenite, rutile and rare earths – minerals essential to technology, transport, communications and renewable energy.

Kalbar proposes to invest over $200 million in the development of the project, creating 200 direct jobs over the 15-20 year life of the project and creating significant economic benefits for the region.

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Opportunities for local suppliers

  April 14th, 2021

It is Kalbar’s policy to prioritise the use of local suppliers and businesses. Suppliers and businesses from outside the region will only be engaged where specialist work and skills cannot be sourced locally. As a major project for the East Gippsland region, we are committed to ensuring the project provides maximum benefit to the community and economy...

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Project Bulletin - April 2021

  April 12th, 2021

Kalbar Operations has expanded its community engagement program. We have engaged Voconiq to provide community members of East Gippsland and Wellington Shires an opportunity to express their views and experiences on the proposed Fingerboards mineral sands project. Voconiq Local Voices is a unique community engagement...

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Improving environmental outcomes with centrifuges

  March 31st, 2021

To minimise the environmental impact of the Fingerboards project, Kalbar Operations will utilise centrifuge equipment as part of the mineral sands mining process. This article addresses key questions regarding centrifuge equipment, how centrifuges work, and why centrifuges will provide improved environmental outcomes for the project...

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