The Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project Environment Effects Statement (EES) public exhibition closed on Thursday 29
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.
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.
Earlier this year we explained how the Glenaladale mineral sands deposit formed and how the heavy minerals - zircon, rutile, leucoxene and monazite – concentrated by wave and wind action along an ancient coastline. In the next few Kalbar Conversations columns we will provide some information about each of the heavy minerals. The first heavy mineral of focus is zircon – the major component of the Fingerboards project deposit...
Last month I wrote about the rarity of native grassy woodlands and how restoration is an important tool to halting their loss. I also noted that seed limitations are major constraints to restoration, but that seed production areas (SPAs) can be used to provide that much-needed seed.