Federal government reviews Kalbar’s rejected mineral sands mine proposal

The federal government is reviewing a controversial utility for a mineral sands mine in japanese Victoria that was rejected by the state government final yr.

On November 24, Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne introduced the applying to construct a 1,675-hectare mine close to Glenaladale in East Gippsland wouldn’t go forward.

Mr Wynne mentioned in his reasoning that the proposed mine would “pose a big danger to the atmosphere and priceless horticulture business”.

The proposed mine, which deliberate to extract zircon and uncommon earths, was near 12 intensive horticulture farms within the Lindenow Valley.

The state’s rejection got here after an impartial panel spent greater than a yr inspecting the Environmental Effects Statement ready by Kalbar Operations on the proposal which included 10 weeks of hearings.

The mine was opposed by the East Gippsland Shire which later revealed it spent greater than $1 million to battle it, primarily on legal charges to symbolize its views on the hearings. 

A finger points to Lindenow on a map.
The mine, if permitted, can be near productive agricultural land.(ABC News: Tim Lamacraft)

But the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has confirmed it’s reviewing the rejected utility beneath Commonwealth legislation.

Kalbar has been requested by the division for data on 41 factors from its utility.

“Additional data has been requested from Kalbar Operations to tell a call about whether or not or to not approve the motion beneath nationwide environmental legislation,” a division spokeswoman mentioned.

Approval can be ‘extremely irresponsible’

Mine Free Glenaldale spokeswoman Debbie Carruthers mentioned it’s unlikely the enchantment to the Commonwealth will show profitable as a result of the state government manages many of the environmental legal guidelines and laws in Victoria.

Debbie Carruthers stands in front of farmland.
Debbie Carruthers, who coordinates Mine Free Glenaladale, says approving the challenge can be “irresponsible”.(ABC Gippsland: Rio Davis)

“It can be extremely irresponsible and unacceptable for the federal minister to miss the choice that has been made by the [Victorian] Minister for Planning,” Ms Carruthers mentioned.

“Kalbar wants to just accept the umpire’s resolution and shut off this proposal.”

Kalbar didn’t reply when contacted for remark.

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