The documents tabled by parties before and during the Inquiry and Committee process are public documents. You can find the tabled documents here.
The Public Hearing for the Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) concluded on 22 July 2021. The IAC was given a two week extension and provided its report in accordance with the Terms of Reference to the Minister for Planning on 30 September 2021.
The Minister’s Assessment on the environmental effects of the Project is now complete. The Minister’s Assessment can be found on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website on the 'Overview' and 'Documents' tabs.
The Minister has released the IAC’s report which can also be found on the same DELWP website on the 'Overview' and 'Documents' tabs.
All documents tabled by Parties during the process can be found on the Tabled Documents page here. All documentation presented to the IAC during the process including tabled documents and submissions will be removed from this webpage six months after the Inquiry and Panel submits its report.
The Minister for Planning has appointed a joint Inquiry and Advisory Committee, known as the Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) to consider and advise on the Environment Effects Statement (EES), Works Approval Application (WAA), the draft Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) affecting the East Gippsland Planning Scheme and public submissions received on the proposed Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project.
The work and scope of the IAC is guided by the Terms of Reference that have been approved by the Minister for Planning. The Terms of Reference can be found in the Document Library on the right hand side of this page.
To develop the Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project (the Project) which has an approximate area of 1,675 hectares and is located approximately 20 kilometres north-west of Bairnsdale in East Gippsland, Victoria.
The proposal includes:
The proposed mining methods involve open pit mining to extract approximately 170 million tonnes of ore over a projected mine life of 20 years to produce approximately 8 Mt of mineral concentrate. Mine products are proposed to be transported via road or by rail for export overseas.
The mining project would require up to 9000 kilovolt-ampere (kVA) hours of power likely to be supplied from the electricity grid and annual water requirements of approximately 3 gigalitres.
The Proponent is Kalbar Operations Pty Ltd (Kalbar).
You may inspect the EES, draft Planning Scheme Amendment and Works Approval Application and any related documents on the Kalbar Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project webpage.
The documents tabled by parties before and during the Inquiry and Committee process are public documents. You can find the tabled documents here.
The Project was on public exhibition for 40 business days between Thursday 3 September and 5.00pm on Thursday 29 October 2020. You can view the submissions here.
The Expert Witness Statements (evidence) that were submitted by the Proponent and parties to the Inquiry and Advisory Committee can be found here.
The audio recordings from the three Directions Hearings and Hearing can be found here.
The Project was on public exhibition for 40 business days between Thursday 3 September and 5.00pm on Thursday 29 October 2020. You can view the submissions received here.
The first Directions Hearing was conducted by video conference using Zoom at 10.00am on Monday 14 December 2020.
A audio recording of the first Directions Hearing is available on YouTube.
The purpose of the Directions Hearing was to:
The second Directions Hearing was conducted by video conference using Zoom at 10.00am on Monday 15 February 2021.
A audio recording of the second Directions Hearing is available on YouTube.
The purpose of the second Directions Hearing was to set out a new timeframe for the Hearing to commence and to discuss other matters (see tabled document 105).
The third Directions Hearing was conducted by video conference using Zoom at 10.00am on Wednesday 31 March 2021.
A audio recording of the third Directions Hearing is available on YouTube.
The Public Hearing commenced on Monday 3 May 2021 and ran across ten weeks to Thursday 22 July 2021.
The Public Hearing was to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission. The Public Hearing was open for anyone to watch.
The hearing was a hybrid between videoconference using the Zoom videoconference platform and limited in-person submitter attendance in Bairnsdale (under Covid restrictions).
All documents tabled with the IAC during the hearing are available on the Engage Victoria Tabled Documents page.
Audio recordings from the Hearing are available on the Engage Victoria Hearing Recordings Page.
The Inquiry and Advisory Committee was given a two week extension and provided their report in accordance with the Terms of Reference to the Minister for Planning on 30 September 2021.
The Minister’s Assessment on the environmental
effects of the Project is now complete. The Minister’s Assessment and Inquiry and Advisory
Committee report can be viewed on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website on the ‘Overview’
and the ‘Documents’ tabs.
Please note that your submission will be treated as a public document in accordance with the Privacy Collection Statement (which can be accessed through Document Library) which may include provisions to other parties and display in the Hearing. You should not include any other personal information in the body of your submission, such as physical addresses, email address and phone details, unless that information can be made publicly available. You can request access to your personal information held by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning by contacting the Freedom of Information Unit on (03) 9637 8186 or FOI.firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Privacy Collection Statement relates to all submissions collected in relation to the Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project Inquiry and Advisory Committee (the ‘IAC’). Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) is providing administrative services to the IAC.
Your submission has been collected by the IAC for the purpose of helping to develop its advice to the Minister for Planning in accordance with the Terms of Reference.
Natural justice to participants and transparency are important parts of the IAC process. In meeting its legislative requirements and complying with the Terms of Reference, the IAC may do the following with your submission:
The IAC Report will be published on the internet and may include:
Planning Panels Victoria will remove your submission from the web pages that it controls within six months after the IAC has reported. Planning Panels Victoria cannot guarantee that your submission will be removed from external web pages outside its control.
If a Hearing is required it may be held face to face, via telephone conference or via video link or a combination of these. You should be aware the IAC may:
The IAC will direct that parties do not record online hearings or use them for any other purpose. However, the IAC is unable to guarantee that third parties will not be recording online Hearings, and the use of any such recordings outside the hearing context cannot be regulated by the IAC.
All participants are reminded that during the IAC process, the privacy of others should be respected and to refrain from the defamation of others.
After the IAC has reported to the Minister for Planning your submission will be removed from all public display within six months.
Your original submission and any additional material provided to the IAC will be held at Planning Panels Victoria for two years and then sent to the Public Records Office of Victoria. All additional copies of the submission and other material held by Planning Panels Victoria will be securely destroyed.
If you have any concerns in respect to the way your personal information or submission will be used please contact Planning Panels Victoria on Fingerboards.IAC@delwp.vic.gov.au.
For questions about the Inquiry and Advisory Committee process contact:
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