Source: Minister for Planning.
The Victorian Government is making sure the community has the opportunity to have their say on the Kalbar Fingerboards mineral sands project despite the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne required Kalbar Operations Pty Ltd to prepare an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) for the mineral mining facility proposed to be located 20km northwest of Bairnsdale.
The EES will be released this Thursday and will be publicly exhibited for 40 business days, 10 days more than usual. Community groups and residents can request their own copy in the absence of hard copy displays at public exhibition points.
The community and stakeholders will have the opportunity to make submissions on the EES as well as the works approval and draft planning scheme amendment which will also be exhibited ahead of a public inquiry.
The Government is providing $40,000 through the Community Advisor Grants program to support community involvement in the EES process for the Kalbar mine.
The proposed mining method involves open pit mining to extract approximately 170 million tonnes of ore over a projected mine life of 20 years.
The project area is approximately 1675 hectares and would establish two mining plants, a processing plant, water supply infrastructure, tailings storage and additional site facilities including an office, warehouse, workshop, loading facilities and fuel storage.