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The Minister for Planning has appointed a joint inquiry and advisory committee to advise on the proposed Goschen Mineral Sands and Rare Earths Project.

VHM Limited (the Proponent) proposes to develop the Goschen Mineral Sands and Rare Earths Project (the project) which has an approximate area of 1,500 hectares in the Loddon Mallee Region of Victoria, approximately 35 kilometres south of Swan Hill.

The project would involve the mining and processing of heavy mineral sands and rare earth minerals into mixed heavy mineral concentrate (HMC), zircon concentrate, rutile, leucoxene, ilmenite, as well as rare earth mineral products.

The project includes:

  • Mining and processing of 5 million tonnes per annum of heavy mineral sands within two mining areas to produce a variety of critical mineral concentrates, over an estimated 20-to-25-year mine life
  • Transport of product using sealed sea containers via road to the Ultima intermodal terminal and railed to the Port of Melbourne for overseas export
  • Progressive rehabilitation of mined areas and the return of the land to agricultural land uses over three to five years
  • Establishing a 38km water supply pipeline capable of supplying up to 4.5GL/per annum from Kangaroo Lake to the mine
  • Electrical power needed for mining and processing during operation, requiring a maximum 5 megawatts of power consumption
  • Upgrading various local roads to support project and transport of product to Ultima.

The committee has been asked to advise the minister on the Environment Effects Statement, draft planning scheme amendment GC218 to the Gannawarra and Swan Hill Planning Schemes, Environment Protection Authority (EPA) development licence application and public submissions on the proposed project.

Inquiry and advisory committee members


To view and download the Environment Effects Statement, draft planning scheme amendment, EPA development licence application and other documents for this project, see Goschen Mineral Sands and Rare Earths Project.

Terms of reference

Make a submission

Submissions to the committee can be made at Engage Victoria.

Make a submission

Need help putting together a submission?

Read our guide about submissions and how the process works.

More information

To find out more about the Goschen Mineral Sands and Rare Earths Project:
VHM Limited
(03) 5450 8804

For more information about the Goschen Mineral Sands EES process:
Impact Assessment Unit
Department of Transport and Planning


For questions about the EPA development licence application contact:
EPA Victoria  

1300 372 842

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Page last updated: 20/11/23