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.
In the world that many of us knew before the internet and the global economy, local communities relied on local businesses and local people to operate. Communities were their own hives of activity. I recall my parents telling me stories of my grandparents’ weekly trips in to town so my grandmother could buy groceries and farm supplies, whilst my grandfather would take himself off to the local pub...
East Gippsland is soon to be my home as I will be relocating from Bendigo with my wife Kathryn. Our two sons reside in Melbourne but visit us frequently. I’m very excited about the opportunity to be part of the future development of the Fingerboards mineral sands project as it will make a major contribution to the East Gippsland region. Like the rest of Australia, I watched in horror as this region was hit hard by the bushfires just four months ago, and if that wasn’t enough to deal with...