In this Bulletin you can read about:
- Kalbar Operations’ presence at East Gippsland Field Days
- Voconiq Local Voices community survey is still open
- Community Grants Program Round 1 recipients announced
There were some questions which were asked more frequently than others. We have summarised those commonly-asked questions below. We will continue to provide information about the Fingerboards project through this Project Bulletin, our website, and via our newly-launched Facebook page.
For anyone who was not able to visit us during the East Gippsland Field Days, we encourage you to call in to our Shopfront office at 48 Bailey Street, Bairnsdale during weekdays if you have any burning questions or would like to know more about the Fingerboards project.
We thank one and all who came to visit our exhibit and we look forward to seeing you again at the 2022 East Gippsland Field Days.
Kalbar Operations is an unlisted Australian private company with a Joint Venture arrangement between Appian Capital Advisory LLP and Kalbar Ltd.
Kalbar Operations is not Chinese owned, as many people have been led to believe.
Australia does not currently have well-developed downstream processing and manufacturing capability for mineral sands and critical minerals – that currently exists in Asia.
The Federal government has developed a Critical Minerals Strategy (https://www.industry.gov.au/data-and-publications-australis-critical-minerals-strategy) which aims to position Australia as a world leader in the exploration, extraction, production and processing of critical minerals and create the conditions needed to grow this emerging sector.
We hope that in years to come the Heavy Mineral Concentrate (HMC) from the Fingerboards mining operation will be able to be processed in Australia.
Kalbar Operations proposes to transport the HMC from the Fingerboards project to port via truck and rail. Trucks will transport the HMC via a private haul road to a rail siding and the product will be railed to port.
The Gippsland region has significant industry capability and local skills and expertise upon which to draw. Kalbar Operations is committed to prioritising job opportunities and recruiting locally-based employees and engaging locally-based businesses and suppliers.
Our processes prioritise East Gippsland and Wellington Shire residents and businesses first, followed by the rest of Gippsland and then Victoria and the rest of Australia.
Mineral sands mining is different to traditional open cut mining in that mineral sands are mined in strips, and progressively backfilled and rehabilitated as mining progresses forward to the next ‘cell’ along the strip.
The maximum area of disturbance at the Fingerboards mining operation is approximately 360 hectares at any one time.
In our previous Project Bulletin we talked about the Voconiq ‘Local Voices’ community engagement survey to which we have received a great response to date.
The survey remains open until 26 May 2021 and we encourage all community members who have not yet undertaken the survey, to participate and provide their feedback about the Fingerboards project.
Further information and links to participate in the survey are provided below.
Joining and participating in Local Voices provides a way to improve engagement between Kalbar Operations and the community by increasing understanding and generating better relationships and outcomes.
Anyone who is over 18 years of age and lives and/or works in the East Gippsland and Wellington Shires is invited to participate.
All surveys undertaken by Voconiq are confidential and no personal information is shared with Kalbar Operations.
Participation involves an initial ‘anchor’ survey, followed by short quarterly ‘pulse’ surveys. The results of the first survey will feed into the ongoing ‘pulse’ surveys, which are designed to track the issues identified by the ‘anchor’ survey, and how the community feels about them.
For every survey completed, participants receive e-tokens which they allocate to their chosen local not-for-profit community group registered with Voconiq Local Voices, and these are then converted to cash for the group’s use.
Voconiq will share the results of every Local Voices survey with Kalbar Operations and the community. The results from all surveys undertaken will be available on the Voconiq Local Voices website.
Voconiq aims to ensure a diverse sample of community members are represented in the program and new participants are welcome at any time. Please encourage others to sign up and have their say by following Voconiq Local Voices on Facebook and liking, sharing posts on your social media.
Further information is available on the Local Voices website, but please do not hesitate to contact the Local Voices project team directly. The team is more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
We are very proud to announce the successful applicants for the first round of the Kalbar Operations’ community grants program. Recipients attended a morning tea at the Kalbar office to celebrate their success in being awarded grant funding, and mark the occasion as Kalbar’s inaugural community grant recipients.
Kalbar Operations received eleven applications for Round 1, all of which were of a high quality and most deserving. A committee made up of both Kalbar and community representatives had a tough job to select the five successful applicants.
We strongly encourage unsuccessful Round 1 applicants to apply for funding when Round 2 opens on 14 May 2021.
Funds for new crockery and cutlery to replace mismatched and old crockery. The hall is used extensively by elderly residents in the area and well utilised for a range of social functions that support the local community.
Funds for materials to create new garden beds to expand the Metung Community Garden. This garden connects people within the community and builds skills in how to grow vegetables and community members benefit from consuming the freshly-grown produce.
Funds to purchase football jumpers for the first women’s football team, with a portion of the funds to be allocated towards jumpers for indigenous players.
Funds to build seats and tables along the East Gippsland Rail Trail which stretches 100 kilometres from Bairnsdale to Orbost. The Trail is used regularly by cyclists, walkers and horse riders.
Funds to purchase an Obie interactive gaming console which encourages active movement through touching, moving and hand-eye coordination. The George Gray Centre is a long-standing and highly regarded disability day care for disabled people over 18 years of age. They encourage integration into the workforce using their own gardening service and onsite café.
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