Kalbar is likely to postpone the release of Environment Effects Statement

Call for EES delay

KALBAR Resources is likely to postpone releasing the much-anticipated Environment Effects Statement for the company’s proposed mineral sands mine at Glenaladale.

In a statement on Wednesday, Kalbar said it was “acutely aware” of the stress being experienced by the community and key stakeholders within east Gippsland as a result of the recent bushfires, and it recognised that the bushfires and recovery efforts were “at the forefront of community thoughts”.

“As such, Kalbar believes that the timing of the Fingerboards EES exhibition requires careful consideration of the prevailing conditions within the region,” the statement read.

The company plans to seek input from the community, and continue to liaise with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to determine “the appropriateness” of the timing of the public exhibition period.

It has also called for public comment on the timing of the EES exhibition.

A Kalbar spokesperson said staff were continuing to help with the relief and recovery efforts in the region.

This included staff volunteering at relief centres, helping with delivery of supplies to fire-affected communities, providing mobile equipment to enable the storage and distribution of fresh produce to fire-affected communities and temporarily housing livestock.

For more information about the Fingerboards Project, the EES process and technical studies, go to fingerboardsproject.com.au.