The project area is surrounded by an Environmentally Restricted Area (ERA) and this boundary was established following consultation between Winchelsea and the Traditional Owners.
The project area is located on relatively flat low lying and variably vegetated country with a maximum elevation in the north-east of the exploration license of 42m above mean sea level.
The project area is surrounded by an Environmentally Restricted Area (ERA) and this boundary was established following consultation between Winchelsea and the Traditional Owners. There is also a 300m buffer from the coastline on any future mining activities.
Extensive environmental surveys have been conducted by Winchelsea to date including Benthic Survey (aquatic), Vegetation, Terrestrial Ecology (over all seasons wet & dry) and Marine Silt.
An environmental gap analysis has been completed to ensure all potential environmental impacts ar well understood and managed. Further studies are planned which will form the environmental management plan which will be incorporated in our Mine Management Plan.
Detailed consultation with the community will be undertaken to maintain good communications and to understand the impacts both positive and negative that the project may have
The mining operation is relatively compact when compared with other surface mines of similar capacity, resulting in a much-reduced environmental footprint.
Mine rehabilitation for the project site is planned to proceed in step with mining activities to limit the disturbed mining area at any time. Emphasis will be placed on early rehabilitation of surface features to minimise the visual impact of the Project on its surrounds.
The mining operation is relatively compact when compared with other surface mines of similar capacity, resulting in a much-reduced environmental footprint. Topsoil will be stockpiled and stored for progressive rehabilitation. Final landform profiles will be shaped and seeded where necessary to minimise erosion and surface water runoff.
The development of an aquaculture business post mining is being considered. This includes a potential fish hatchery and ponds, prawn farm and oyster beds development.
Further work is being undertaken to validate economic benefits, however initial designs of ponds once ore extraction has been conducted is being placed into mine design packages. This will also include the placing of dry tailings into the base of the ponds prior to the ponds being sealed with heavy duty plastic linings.