Project Bulletin

Project Bulletin - April 2021

   Monday 12th April, 2021

Welcome to our Project Bulletin for April 2021.

Voconiq Local Voices ‘anchor’ survey

Kalbar Operations has expanded its community engagement program.

We have engaged Voconiq to provide community members of East Gippsland and Wellington Shires an opportunity to express their views and experiences on the proposed Fingerboards mineral sands project. Voconiq Local Voices is a unique community engagement program developed over 10 years within Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.

Data and insights from the surveys will help include community perspectives into our planning, thinking, and engagement on the issues that matter most to the community. Quarterly surveys will continue over the year so the community can keep sharing their views and earn donations for local community groups, with results posted online.


Responses to this survey do not change any responses that you may have provided to previous consultation processes relating to Kalbar Operations and the Fingerboards project. The Local Voices process is separate from the Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) hearings and no information collected by this survey will be used during the IAC process.

Have your say in the ‘anchor’ survey

Joining and participating in Local Voices provides a way to improve engagement between Kalbar Operations and the community by increasing understanding and generating better relationships and outcomes.

Anyone who is over 18 years of age and lives and/or works in the East Gippsland and Wellington Shires is invited to participate.

All surveys undertaken by Voconiq are confidential and no personal information is shared with Kalbar Operations.

Get involved

  • Have your say about what’s important to you
  • This is a direct unfiltered voice to Kalbar Operations
  • It’s confidential – no personal details are disclosed to Kalbar Operations
  • Earn donations for local community not-for- profit groups
  • Become an ambassador and spread the word
  • Help your community inform decisions that affect you

Participation involves an initial ‘anchor’ survey, followed by short quarterly ‘pulse’ surveys. The results of the first survey will feed into the ongoing ‘pulse’ surveys, which are designed to track the issues identified by the ‘anchor’ survey, and how the community feels about them.

Have your say today

Participation linked to community rewards

For every survey completed, participants receive e-tokens which they allocate to their chosen local not-for-profit community group registered with Voconiq Local Voices, and these are then converted to cash for the group’s use.

Every anchor survey completed makes a $10 donation!

Results available online

Voconiq will share the results of every Local Voices survey with Kalbar Operations and the community. The results from all surveys undertaken will be available on the Voconiq Local Voices website.

Let others know

Voconiq aims to ensure a diverse sample of community members are represented in the program and new participants are welcome at any time. Please encourage others to sign up and have their say by following Voconiq Local Voices on Facebook and liking, sharing posts on your social media.

For updates and Local Voices news follow: @LocalVoicesEastGippslandWellington


Further information is available on the Local Voices website, but please do not hesitate to contact the Local Voices project team directly. The team is more than happy to answer any questions you may have. | T 1800 232 836  |

For further information about the Fingerboards Project:

Telephone: 5152 3130
Freecall: 1800 791 396