Project Bulletin

Project Bulletin - May 2021 v2

   Monday 24th May, 2021

Welcome to our second Project Bulletin for May 2021

In this Bulletin you can read about:

  • Update - EES Inquiry and Advisory Committee Public Hearing
  • Kalbar Operations sets up Fingerboards Pastoral Company
  • Community Grants Program - Round 2 now open

Update on Fingerboards Project EES Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) Public Hearing

The IAC Public Hearing for the Fingerboards mineral sands project commenced on Monday 3 May 2021 and we are now in Week 3 of nine weeks allocated for this Panel Inquiry process.

In these first weeks of the Panel Inquiry, Kalbar Operations has provided expert evidence covering:

  • Centrifuges
  • Town planning
  • Water – surface and groundwater
  • Rehabilitation
  • Horticulture
  • Radiation
  • Acoustics
  • Air quality
  • Health
  • Traffic and transport

The first six weeks of the Hearing are being held by videoconference using the Zoom platform, and the final three weeks will be held face-to-face in Bairnsdale at a venue yet to be determined by the IAC.

The Panel Inquiry is timetabled to finish on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Kalbar Operations sets up Fingerboards Pastoral Company

In May 2021 Kalbar Operations established the Fingerboards Pastoral Company (Fingerboards Pastoral Pty Ltd) which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kalbar Operations Pty Ltd.

Kalbar’s Chief Executive Officer, Jozsef Patarica, said the farming land owned by Kalbar has made an agricultural enterprise possible and that grazing was a viable means of maintaining the land.

“We have a responsibility to care for the land before, during and after mining. We want to look after the land, and we don’t want to see it degenerate or become overtaken by feral animals and weeds. The farming activities will focus on breeding and raising sheep and cattle and potentially developing cropping and mixed farming in time,” said Mr Patarica.

The move by Kalbar Operations into agriculture is consistent with other resource companies that have successfully established pastoral concerns in other parts of Australia to complement their broader mining operations.

Kalbar Operations is proud to be investing in agriculture in the East Gippsland region, demonstrating that mining, farming, land management and nature conservation can co-exist and provide additional opportunities for the local community.

Part of the broader vision is to provide opportunities for young people, including those from the local community, to work on a farm under a skills development/work experience-type program with potential to continue on to further education or employment opportunities.

Community Grants Program – Round 2 now open

The Kalbar Operations Community Grants Program is now open to accept applications for Round 2.

Round 2 offers five $2,000 grants to support community initiatives that enhance the quality of life, heritage, recreation and cultural opportunities that provide long lasting benefits to the wider community.

Grant funding is available to community groups who have projects that meet educational, recreational, environmental and social criteria.

Applications for Round 2 close at 5 pm on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Applications forms are available at

For further information about the Fingerboards Project:

Telephone: 5152 3130
Freecall: 1800 791 396