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Public review and inquiry
Inquiry and advisory committee
See Planning Panels Victoria Avonbank Mineral Sands Inquiry and Advisory Committee.
The environment effects statement and draft planning scheme amendment for the Avonbank Mineral Sands project were publicly exhibited for comment for 30 business days from 14 April 2023 to 26 May 2023.
Submissions made to the Avonbank Mineral Sands Project Inquiry and Advisory Committee are available at Engage Victoria
WIM Resource Pty Ltd has prepared a consultation plan for the EES, outlining the opportunities and approaches for its community engagement during the preparation of the EES.
The plan may be updated as required during the preparation of the EES. If the plan changes, the updated version will be posted on this page.
Technical reference group
The Department has convened an inter-agency Technical reference group to advise the proponent and the Department, as appropriate, on scoping and adequacy of the EES studies during the preparation of the EES, as well as coordination with statutory approval processes.
The government organisations represented on the Technical reference group are:
- DTP - Impact Assessment
- DEECA - Grampians (biodiversity)
- DTP - Planning
- First Peoples State Relations
- Heritage Victoria
- EPA Victoria
- Department of Health
- GWM Water
- Wimmera Catchment Management Authority
- Regional Roads Victoria
- Earth Resources Regulation
- Horsham Rural City Council
Technical reference group representatives are supported by internal experts on specific aspects of the EES studies.
Minister's decision on referral
On 17 August 2019 the Minister for Planning required WIM Resource Pty Ltd to prepare an environment effects statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act 1978 to assess the potential environmental effects of the project.
The EES is being undertaken as an accredited process set out in the bilateral agreement under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). It will have to assess the relevant matters of national environmental significance identified in the Commonwealth decision that the project is a 'controlled action' requesting approval under the EPBC Act.
Proposed Avonbank Mineral Sands project queries:
WIM Resource Pty Ltd
☎ Phone: 1800 580 787
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Page last updated: 29/08/23