Overview 

The Wimmera project is a proposal for a mineral sands and rare earths development in the Wimmera region of western Victoria. The project is in its early feasibility stages. A final investment decision by Iluka is subject to the outcome of technical, environmental and marketing studies which underpin the company's feasibility assessment process. 
 
The proposed location for the Wimmera project is approximately 40 kilometres south-west of Horsham and eight kilometres north of the locality of Toolondo. The project is situated predominantly on freehold properties used for broad acre cropping and grazing, with some areas of public land associated with roads, road reserves, the Jullumba Marsh Reserve and the Red Gum Swamp Reserve.
 
The Wimmera project is focused on the WIM 100 deposit, which is one of a number of similar style, fine grained deposits located in the Wimmera and Mallee regions of western Victoria. The deposit is distinguished by the fineness of its mineral content, which is unsuitable for processing at Iluka’s Hamilton mineral separation plant. As such, the project encompasses the development of both mining activities and new processing facilities.

Should the project proceed, it will produce:

  • zircon;
  • titanium dioxide mineral products; and
  • rare earth oxide equivalent as a mixed concentrate.
In addition to the mine and processing plant infrastructure, the project will also include:
  • a 350 room temporary construction camp during the construction phase;
  • a new 30km underground water pipeline connecting the mine to the Rocklands Douglas pipeline;
  • a new 5km extension to the existing overhead powerline from the Toolondo-Wonwondah Road to the site;
  • a new access road off Natimuk-Hamilton Road; and
  • public road intersection upgrades, if required. 

Contact

Wimmera project drop-in centre
Horsham Real Estate office
Tuesday and Friday 
9.30am - 2.30pm
1800 201 113
wimmera.project@Iluka.com 
 

FAQs

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What is the WIM100 deposit?
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Has Iluka spoken with affected land owners?
Will the project lead to employment opportunities for locals?

Timeline

Environmental assessment
2 years
Approval by Iluka board
Approval to progress to DFS and government approvals
Construction
2 years
Operation
25 years
Closure
1 year
Post closure and rehabilitation
14 years
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