About the Project

Project Overview

The Fingerboards mineral sands project focuses on a high grade area of the Glenaladale orebody about 20 kilometres north west of Bairnsdale.

Kalbar proposes to extract 170 million tonnes of ore to produce around 8 million tonnes of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) over 15-20 years.  HMC is the valuable heavy mineral that has been extracted from the ore but has not yet been processed into final mineral products.

The mineral products – zircon, ilmenite, rutile and rare earths – are in high global demand for use in renewable energy, electric vehicles, communications, medical technology and transport.

Employment and Economic Benefits

The project will provide a significant boost to employment and economic development in East Gippsland.

Construction employment for the project will be approximately 200 jobs.
During its 15 to 20-year operation, the project will create up to 200 direct jobs on the mine site, injecting wages of $15-20 million into the economy each year and generating another $10 million annually in royalties and tax payments to the Victorian Government.

The capital investment required to establish the project is over $200 million. Flow-on employment due to increased demand for services is estimated to amount to an additional 150-200 jobs in the local community.

Environmental Outcomes

The Fingerboards project will use the best environmental management to avoid, minimise and manage potential environmental impacts.

The mine will be progressively rehabilitated to return the land to pre-mining land use – agriculture and native vegetation.

Mining Methods

Ore will be extracted using modern mining methods.

Sand is removed using conventional earth moving equipment and the minerals are extracted using gravity separation and water in much the same way as gold panning.

No harmful chemicals are used in the mining or the mineral separation process.

About 95 percent of the mined material is returned to the void and land rehabilitation happens continuously as the mining activity progresses across the site.

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Project Location

General Arrangement – Site Layout

Mining Licence area