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Proposed Glenaladale mine to give an economic boost to East GippslandKalbar

A new mining project planned for Glenaladale is expected to create around 110 permanent jobs and employ up to 250 people throughout construction.

The chair of East Gippsland Marketing Inc, Richard Rijs, said Kalbar Resources’ Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project would generate a whole range of economic and other benefits for the East Gippsland region.

“We are delighted to welcome the company to East Gippsland and we are grateful for their support of East Gippsland Marketing Inc. and our wider regional community,” Mr Rijs said.

The Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project, operated by Kalbar Resources Ltd, will extract six million tonnes of mineral sands – or around five per cent of the resource – from the Glenaladale mineral sands deposit over 20 years.

Mineral sands are ancient beach sands that contain concentrations of minerals, including zircon, rutile, ilmenite and rare earths. They are used in a range of applications, such as ceramic tiles, pigments, mobile phones, portable computing and renewable energy generation.

The project has the potential to become one of the largest businesses in East Gippsland, delivering a significant boost to the regional economy.

“The Minerals Council of Australia estimates that for every one direct job in mining, two additional jobs are created in the local community, so we anticipate this project will generate around 300 permanent jobs for the surrounding region,” Robert Bishop, Chairman of Kalbar Resources Ltd, said.

Mineral sands mining has occurred in agricultural areas of Australia for the last 60 years. It uses no explosives in mining, no chemicals in extraction and no hole is left behind meaning the landform can be completely rehabilitated. This gives the opportunity to solve issues such as erosion and water security that are impacting on the region. Kalbar is also investigating the post-mining rehabilitation of defunct plantation land to the original redgum grassy woodland – a critically endangered flora type.

The Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project is beginning the assessment and approvals process which will involve intensive consultation with the local community. Construction is expected to begin in late 2018 ahead of production in late 2019.