Gippsland › Latest news › East Gippsland Local News

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne shuts down Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project due to unacceptable environmental effects

Council is grateful for those who participated in the environmental effects statement and IAC hearing processes.

By news@gippsland - 24th November 2021 - Back to News

East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Mark Reeves has thanked Minister for Planning Richard Wynne for announcing his decision on the proposed Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project. "The Minister's assessment that the project would have unacceptable environmental effects vindicates the adopted position Council had taken. This decision gives our community some clarity on the future and an opportunity to move forward after a lengthy process," Cr Reeves said.

The assessment on Fingerboards mineral sands mine near Bairnsdale in Victoria concluded and said that the project would have posed significant risks to surface water downstream of the proposed mine

The assessment on Fingerboards mineral sands mine near Bairnsdale in Victoria concluded and said that the project would have posed significant risks to surface water downstream of the proposed mine

Documented serious concerns

Cr Mark Reeves said, "I strongly believe that the previous council's decision to have an independent technical assessment prepared on the potential impacts of the proposed mine, and the decision by the current council to highlight the deficiencies in the project have assisted the Minister in making this determination."

"Council had documented its serious concerns about the mine, in particular the threat it posed to endangered species and ecological communities, the potential for ground and surface water contamination, dust and radiation pollution, impacts on the surrounding road networks and the potential diversion of water from East Gippsland's most productive agricultural land."

"Council thanks everyone who participated in the Environmental Effects Statement and IAC hearing processes, for their interest in the future of our community."Mr Reeves said.

Pictures from Chuffed.org website.


Source: http://gippsland.com/

Published by: news@gippsland.com



Edit this news article




Related Articles
Baw Baw Bass Coast Cardinia East Gippsland Latrobe City South Gippsland Wellington
© 2001-2022 gippsland.com Print this page | Subscribe to Newsletter | Feedback / Inquiries | Login
Care has been taken in compiling the component parts of this website. However, Gippsland.com does not warrant or represent that the website is free from errors or omissions, that the qualifications claimed by an advertiser are valid or that the published details of any advertiser are as stated on the website. Please review the full statement of our Terms and Conditions of Service and disclaimer.