Balranald Environmental Management

Commonwealth Environmental Impact Statment

The Balranald Mineral Sands Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is the principal approval document required by the Commonwealth Government. The EIS assesses the Balranald Project against matters of national environmental significance (as defined under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999). 

Iluka Resources submitted a draft EIS to the Department of Environment in February 2016. Following a public exhibition period in which submissions were invited, Iluka revised the draft EIS and submitted the final EIS in July 2016.

The final EIS can be accessed below. 


Approvals Documentation
Balranald Commonwealth Environmental Impact Statement Approval


Executive Summary
Executive Summary: Balranald Mineral Sands Project Commonwealth EIS (PDF, 3MB)

EIS Volume 1

Commonwealth EIS: Main Report Part A (PDF, 5 MB)
Commonwealth EIS: Main Report Part B (PDF, 9 MB)
Commonwealth EIS: Main Report Part C (PDF, 460 KB)
Appendix A: Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines (PDF, 2 MB)
Appendix B: Study Team (PDF, 300 KB)

EIS Volume 2
Appendix C: Biodiversity Assessment (PDF, 7 MB)

EIS Volume 3
Appendix D: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (Part 1 of 5) (PDF, 10 MB)
Appendix D: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (Part 2 of 5) (PDF, 9 MB)
Appendix D: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (Part 3 of 5) (PDF, 8 MB)
Appendix D: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (Part 4 of 5) (PDF, 9 MB)
Appendix D: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (Part 5 of 5) (PDF, 10 MB)

EIS Volume 4
Appendix E: Non-Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (PDF, 10 MB)
Appendix F: Rehabilitation and Closure Strategy (PDF, 4 MB)
Appendix G: Water Assessment (PDF, 12 MB)
Appendix H: Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Assessment Report (PDF, 9 MB)

EIS Volume 5
Appendix I: Groundwater Assessment (Part 1 of 3) (PDF, 11 MB)
Appendix I: Groundwater Assessment (Part 2 of 3) (PDF, 10 MB)
Appendix I: Groundwater Assessment (Part 3 of 3) (PDF, 12 MB)
Appendix J: Surface Water Management Report (PDF, 10 MB)
Appendix K: Geochemistry Assessment (PDF, 7 MB)

EIS Volume 6
Appendix L: Radiation Risk Assessment (PDF, 10 MB)
Appendix M: Social Assessment (PDF, 8 MB)
Appendix N: Economic Assessment (PDF, 2 MB)

NSW Environmental Impact Statement

Iluka Resources submitted its Balranald Mineral Sands Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the New South Wales Government in May 2015.

The EIS is the principal approval document required for the Balranald Project to progress towards development. The EIS addresses 49 government requirements and involved more than four years of rigorous technical, environmental and consultative studies. 

On 5 April 2016 the delegate for the New South Wales Minister for Planning approved the development application for the Balranald Mineral Sands Project.


Approvals Documentation
Balranald Mineral Sands Project Development Consent (PDF, 3.4 MB)


New South Wales Environmental Impact Statement

Executive Summary
Executive Summary: Balranald Mineral Sands Project EIS

EIS Volume 1

EIS_Main Report Part A
EIS_Main Report Part B
EIS_Main Report Part C

EIS Volume 2
Appendix A Secretary's Environmental Impact   Assessment Requirements
Appendix B Study Team
Appendix C Agricultural Impact Statement
Appendix D Noise Assessment
Appendix E Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Assessment

EIS Volume 3
Appendix F Biodiversity Assessment

EIS Volume 4
Appendix G Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (reduced version)

EIS Volume 5
Appendix H Surface Water Management Report
Appendix I Balranald Mineral Sands Project Groundwater Assessment (Part 1 of 3)
Appendix I Balranald Mineral Sands Project Groundwater Assessment (Part 2 of 3)
Appendix I Balranald Mineral Sands Project Groundwater Assessment (Part 3 of 3)
Appendix J Groundwater Dependant Ecosystems Assessment Report

EIS Volume 6
Appendix K Water Assessment
Appendix L Soil Resource Assessment

EIS Volume 7
Appendix M Rehabilitation and Closure Strategy
Appendix N Transport Assessment
Appendix O Social Assessment

EIS Volume 8
Appendix P Economic Assessment
Appendix Q Geochemistry Assessment
Appendix R Non-Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment
Appendix S Radiation Risk Assessment

Environmental management plan, associated monitoring and audits