Application for Retention Licence RL006038 (BEFN-Manly)
Application for Retention Licence RL006038 is located approximately 48km east of the township of Edenhope in Wimmera Region of Victoria.
The application covers an area of approximately 2919.82 ha.
A retention licence, if granted, entitles the holder of the licence to retain rights to a mineral resource, and explore and carry out other work to establish the economic viability of mining, but does not entitle the holder to undertake mining.
Proposed program of work:
- Undertake community engagement plan
- Resource definition drilling
- Geological modelling
Local community consultation:
Iluka recognises that it’s environmental and community footprint impacts the company’s license to operate. Iluka is committed to operating in a sustainable manner and conducts its business in a way that minimises negative impacts, at the same time delivering economic and social benefits for communities.
Iluka strives to develop and maintain robust relationships with its community stakeholders. From the outset of its activities, Iluka works to establish an open dialogue with all stakeholders, including landowners, occupiers, neighbours, community leaders, regulatory agencies, traditional and indigenous communities, and local businesses. The company consults with stakeholders regarding a variety of relevant issues including land access and impact, infrastructure, stock control, weed control, water, special local land issues, vehicle movements, sensitive flora and fauna and heritage sites.
Iluka recognises that engagement and consultation with stakeholders is integral to exploration activities and the company’s exploration teams take pride in addressing the queries and concerns of those impacted.
Community and environmental impacts:
Iluka explores in many types of locations, each with unique environmental challenges which require varying environmental management approaches. Thorough planning ensures minimal disturbance to the surrounding environment and enables leading practice rehabilitation following exploration activities.
Factors taken into account in the design and execution of Iluka’s exploration and drilling programs include the use of existing roads and tracks, current land use, weather patterns, ground and surface water systems, wildlife, vegetation and historical or heritage sites.
Areas impacted upon by drilling are kept to a minimum, and holes are immediately backfilled and plugged following completion. Drill sites are raked clean and any remaining cuttings are buried or dispersed. All litter and materials are removed, and drilling sites are relatively indistinguishable once the program is complete. Ground water intersected during drilling is recorded and surplus water controlled. Environmental management and rehabilitation activities conducted by the exploration teams are tailored depending on the natural environment.