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Winchelsea Island Manganese Mine Project

Opened 8 Jan 2021

Closes 8 Feb 2021

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Overview

Winchelsea Mining Pty Ltd is proposing to develop and operate an open cut manganese mine on Winchelsea Island about 600 km southeast of Darwin. Strip mining using free digging and rock breaking would be undertaken to extract ore and overburden. Mine infrastructure would include run-of-mine and ore stockpiling areas, a processing plant, workshops, haul and access roads, a product conveyor from the processing area to the wharf, a jetty and a boat ramp. Product would be direct loaded from the conveyor onto ships for export.

Supporting infrastructure would be located at Little Paradise Bay on Groote Eylandt, approximately 6 km southwest of the mine site, and include a barge landing ramp and jetty, access roads, a logistics hub and a 100-person accommodation camp.

The mine disturbance footprint is 659 hectares, and the mine life would be approximately 14 years.

Statutory Notice 8 January 2021

The NT EPA invites public comment on a referral for standard assessment submitted by Winchelsea Mining Pty Ltd to develop the Winchelsea Island Manganese Mine Project. The referral documents can be inspected below or obtained by contacting the NT EPA. Interested persons may make a submission by 8 February 2021. The NT EPA publishes this notice in accordance with regulation 52(1) of the Environment Protection Regulations 2020.

Why we are consulting

Your feedback plays an important role and will be considered by the NT EPA in deciding whether the proposed action requires environmental impact assessment, and if so the required method of assessment.

Consultation helps the NT EPA and proponent to identify issues of concern and potential effects, as well as get feedback from stakeholders on project options or potential mitigation measures.

The NT EPA has prepared guidance for making a public submission PDF (254.3 KB) PDF (260.9 KB) that outlines when comments will be sought, how to make an effective comment and what will happen to your comment.

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