Proponent: Australian Zircon NL/ Murray Zircon PL
Australian Zircon NL/ Murray Zircon Pl proposes to develop the 12,850 hectare WIM150 mineral sands deposit in the Wimmera region of western Victoria, approximately 20 kilometres southeast of Horsham and just north of the Grampians National Park.
23 December 2011: the Minister for Planning requested Australian Zircon NL to prepare an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act 1978 to assess the potential environmental effects of the project:
Australian Zircon NL prepared a Stakeholder and Community Engagement Plan that outlines the opportunities for community engagement during the preparation of the EES:
The Scoping Requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the EES.
- August – 7 September 2012: draft Scoping Requirements for the EES were placed on public exhibition
- December 2012: the Minister for Planning issued final Scoping Requirements for the EES after considering public submissions on the Draft Scoping Requirements
EES on hold
Following the change in project’s ownership and appointment of Murray Zircon Pty Ltd as the new proponent of the project, Murray Zircon formally requested that the Minister for Planning place the impact assessment process under the Environment Effects Act on hold for the WIM 150 Mineral Sands Project.
Work on the EES has been suspended until the proponent undertakes comprehensive strategic review of the project.