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16 June 2023
Week commencing week Monday 31 July 2023 and will run for approximately four weeks.
The Minister for Planning will appoint a joint inquiry and advisory committee to advise on the proposed Avonbank Mineral Sands project.
WIM Resource Pty Ltd (the Proponent) proposes to develop the Avonbank Mineral Sands project which has a development extent of 3,546 hectares located approximately 15 kilometres north-east of Horsham.
The project involves open pit mining of the Avonbank ore body to produce a heavy mineral concentrate containing zircon, titanium-rich mineral concentrate and minor amounts of rare earth products. It is proposed to extract approximately 11 million tonnes of ore per year over a projected mine life of 30 years to produce approximately 12.75 million tonnes of heavy mineral concentrate over the life of mine.
The proposal includes:
- Progressive rehabilitation of mined areas to re-establish productive agricultural end land use and to limit the area disturbed to less than 400 ha at any one particular point in time.
- Establishment of mineral sands processing infrastructure within the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal Precinct
- Establishment of power and water supply to the mineral sands processing area via a minor utilities corridor that extends from existing services.
- Transportation of product from the processing area to the Port of Portland via the Henty Highway for temporary storage, loading and shipment overseas.
The committee is asked to advise the minister on the Environment Effects Statement, draft Horsham planning scheme amendment C84hors, submissions received and the environmental effects of the proposed project.
Inquiry and advisory committee members
- Lisa Kendal (Chair)
- Phil West
- Catherine Wilson
Learn more about the members by reading their biographies.
Directions hearing details
The directions hearing will be held as an online Zoom Webinar at 10.00am, Friday, 16 June 2023. Join using the information below:
Join the meeting by video conference
Directions Hearing Webinar ID: 963 1172 6147, followed by the '#' key
To view and download the Environment Effects Statement, draft planning scheme amendment and other documents for this project, see Avonbank Mineral Sands Project.
Terms of reference
Make a submission
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Read our guide about submissions and how the process works.
To find out more about the Avonbank Mineral Sands Project:
WIM Resource Pty Ltd
1800 580 787
For more information about the Avonbank Mineral Sands EES process:
Impact Assessment Unit
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Page last updated: 02/06/23