Our role

The purpose of the inquiry is to investigate the potential environmental effects of the proposed Big Hill Enhanced Development Project.


The Big Hill Enhanced Development Project comprises excavating two new open cut pits at Big Hill in Stawell, the extraction of ore from the pits and the backfilling of the pits with waste rock to re-establish the original topography of Big Hill.

Ore would be processed at Stawell Gold Mines’ existing processing plant about a kilometre south-east of Big Hill, and tailings disposed of to the existing tailings storage facility 3-4 kilometres further to the south-east. Approximately 2.3 million tonnes of ore are proposed to be mined from the pits to produce about 108,000 ounces of gold over a projected five year operating life, including rehabilitation.

Terms of reference

The terms of reference (DOC, 573.5 KB) for the committee.

Inquiry members

  • Jenny Moles (Chair)
  • Jack Chiodo
  • Lyn Denison
  • Ian Harris



The inquiry hearings concluded on Friday 18 July 2014.


The inquiry submitted its report to the Minister for Planning on 16 September 2014.


The report and the Ministers Assessment were released on 30 October 2014.

More information

For questions about this matter contact Greta Grivas, Senior Project Manager at Planning Panels Victoria.

Phone: (03) 8392 5121

Email: greta.grivas@delwp.vic.gov.au