New info released on mine

New info released on mine

Kalbar Resourceʼs proposed mineral sands mine at Glenaladale will equate to a total 360 hectares of disturbed land, on average, at any one time, an 80ha jump from the 280ha previously stated.

The company is also considering transporting its goods to the railway siding at Fennings in Bairnsdale, and is also planning to build a water storage dam of 2.2 gigalitres.

The issues came to light at Kalbarʼs community information meeting last Thursday night, where about 50 people gathered to listen to the findings of two technical studies to be included in the Environment Effects Statement (EES).

For the most part, the questions and answers were civil and frank discussions.

“Youʼve said the disturbed land would be 280ha and now seemingly overnight itʼs up at 360ha,” Minefree Glenaladaleʼs (MFG), Sharon Clerke, said.

Kalbar chief executive officer, Dr Victor Hugo, said the mine was not a static mine, but moved around, with the earth disturbed about 800 metres long and 200 to 300 metres wide.

“There are massive changes to the whole site, the whole systemʼs changed over the past 12 to 18 months yet weʼve not been advised,” Ms Clerke said.

In reply Dr Hugo said the options were dependent on the EES and guidance.

“Itʼs all part of the assessment, weʼve added things to the assessment rather than take things away,” he said.

The report states there are nine settlements and towns within a 10kilometre radius of the project area.

MFGʼs Debbie Carruthers questioned why there was no mention in the socioeconomic information about the “$200 million horticulture industry, the 1500 people employed, the potential loss of jobs and the potential impacts on those people”.

The presenter assured the audience the presentation was just a snapshot.

“Those details are there, the detail is in the full report,” the presenter said.

Another resident questioned the impact on locals living close to the mine.

“Modelling for air quality has only been done one site,” he said.

“The mine will be 1.1 kilometres from our house, itʼs year seven of the project and weʼve been waiting for answers on air quality for three to four months.

“I’m beginning to think it will be left until the release of the EES then be forgotten.”

Dr Hugo said noise and dust modelling was being finalised and air quality and noise monitoring would be available in seven days.

He also said the company hoped to submit the EES to the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning, towards the end of July.

Dr Hugo also said there were two options for rail transport, one was to use the existing siding at Fennings in Bairnsdale, and the other to build a dedicated railway siding near Fernbank.

The other transport option is to truck the material to Port Anthony at Corner Inlet, once the river bridge at Stratford is upgraded which is to be completed in 2021.

PICTURED: Kalbar Resourceʼs information evening at the Lindenow Hall was attended by around 50 people last Thursday night, listening to two technical studies. Kalbar Resourceʼs proposed mineral sands mine at Glenaladale will equate to a total 360 hectares of disturbed land, on average, at any one time, an 80ha jump from the 280ha previously stated.
The company is also considering transporting its goods to the railway siding at Fennings in Bairnsdale, and is also planning to build a water storage dam of 2.2 gigalitres.


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