Project Bulletin

Project Bulletin - July 2021

   Friday 30th July, 2021

Welcome to our Project Bulletin for July 2021

In this Bulletin you can read about:

  • Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) Public Hearing
  • IAC visit Kalbar’s seed nursery
  • Application for Mining Licence - Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)
  • Successful recipients for Round 2 Community Grants Program
  • Sponsorship of 2021 Women in Mining Awards

Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project Inquiry and Advisory Committee Public Hearing

Week 10 (final week) of the inquiry finished on Thursday 22 July 2021 with closing submissions from Kalbar and other major submitters to the Environment Effects Statement. The IAC will now prepare their assessment over the next 40 business days for the Minister for Planning.

Kalbar sincerely thanks all the people and parties involved in the inquiry.

The conclusion of the Panel Hearings marks a significant milestone for Kalbar and we look forward to the Minister for Planning’s assessment in due course.

IAC visit to Kalbar seed production nursery

On Wednesday 14 July 2021 the IAC, together with representatives from Kalbar, Mine-Free Glenaladale and East Gippsland Shire Council visited the Kalbar’s seed production nursery.

Kalbar’s Manager Ecological Restoration Dr Paul Gibson-Roy hosted the visit together with staff and provided an overview of the history of the site, why and how the facility was developed, and how it will be critical to developing the seed resources required for restoration of the Fingerboards mining operations in future. Skillinvest trainee Isaac Hoskins was also on hand and gave a brief account of the work he has undertaken during his traineeship at the nursery.

The visitors toured the crop beds and viewed more than 100 species being prepared or growing as native seed crops, and gained an insight into the processes involved in developing crops from wild seed, propagating and developing seeds to maturity, and maintaining them to producing ongoing seed harvests. Also showcased was a pasture seeding trial which has been developed to explore the suitability of different pasture species, which at that time, demonstrated very good plant cover across plots.

Tour participants also saw the nursery’s newly-commissioned temperature and humidity-controlled seed cool room. This facility will be vital to storing seed under appropriate conditions to preserve its viability until use in mine rehabilitation.

The tour provided the IAC and accompanying visitors an opportunity to see first-hand the large amount of work undertaken during the past 2 ½ years to develop native seed resources required to meet restoration goals for the Fingerboards project. It was also an opportunity to learn how Kalbar’s seed production efforts could provide valuable seed resources for the wider community – local government authorities, Landcare, GLAWAC, catchment management authorities and householders – as well as training and education opportunities for the wider community.

Application for Mining Licence submitted

On 21 July 2021, Kalbar announced that it had lodged an application for a Mining Licence (ML) with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR). Advertisements were placed in the Bairnsdale Advertiser, Gippsland Times and The Weekly Times newspapers.

Details of the ML application are also available on the Fingerboards Project website (

Successful recipients for Community Grants Program Round 2

A total of 14 applications were made for Round 2 of Kalbar Operations’ Community Grants Program. Applications closed on 30 June 2021.

We are very pleased to announce the successful applicants:

  • Bairnsdale Football/Netball Club - $2000 for new netball dresses.
  • Orbost Football/Netball Club - $2000 for new posts at the netball courts which will provide the club with an extra court to use both in and out of the season.
  • Sale Tennis Club - $2000 for a ball thrower. Kalbar’s support complements the ANZ - Hotshots program which is promoted throughout Gippsland.
  • Bairnsdale Westdale Kindergarten - $2000 to develop the cubby house/vegetable garden.
  • Wy Yung Angling Club - $2000 to purchase a defibrillator, which will benefit the angling club, Wy Yung football/netball club, cricket club and junior football club.

We warmly congratulate all successful applicants and look forward to hosting a morning tea to present applicants with their funding when COVID restrictions ease.

Sponsorship of 2021 Victorian Women in Mining Awards

Kalbar Operations is a proud major sponsor of the 2021 Victorian Women in Mining Awards and four Award winners were announced on 7 July 2021.

The winners are:

  • Exceptional Woman in Victorian Resources – Laura Chibnall, Principal Environmental and Social Consultant, Ensolve
  • Exceptional Young Woman in Victorian Resources – Yan Lim, Health Safety Environment and Community Advisor – Stawell Gold Mines
  • Outstanding Trade Operator or Technician – Elisabeth Viklund, Underground Operator, Mandalay Resources Costerfield Operations
  • Gender Diversity Champion – Nikki Hartrey, Human Resources Manager, Kirkland Lake Gold, Fosterville Gold Mine.

An award ceremony event was held online, attended by the Minister for Resources, Jaclyn Symes. Kalbar congratulates the winners and acknowledges the exceptional achievement that women make to the mining industry.

Mining is an industry which has been male dominant, regardless of geographical location. There have been positive steps which have helped to integrate women into the mining industry, however women continue to be under-represented.

Change is sweeping the industry, with an increasing number of women donning hi-vis and hard hats to operate across all levels in the industry. While the number of women participating in the resources sector has improved in past decades, there is still a way to go to lift female participation in the industry.

In recruiting, Kalbar is planning to work with local industry stakeholders and training providers to attract local people to be part of our mineral sands mining operation. Our training program will focus on upskilling people to provide employment, traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities for women, also including an indigenous component.

The winners of the Victorian Women in Mining Awards will progress to the national awards to be held in September 2021.

For further information about the Fingerboards Project:

Telephone: 5152 3130
Freecall: 1800 791 396