South Australia has a two-stage approval system.
The first stage includes the application for a Mining Lease. The Mining Lease Application (MLA) and the supporting Mining Proposal for the Great White Kaolin Project (GWKP) were submitted to the Department for Energy and Mining in February 2021 and approved in December 2021.
The Mining Proposal provides government and the community information on how the Project will interact with the environment and includes studies into the flora and fauna, hydrology, landscape, air quality, communities, businesses, traffic and infrastructure.
The Mining Lease granted by the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) is subject to Mining Lease Conditions (MLC).
A management plan called a Program for Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation (PEPR) is being prepared as part of the second stage of the approvals process and will be submitted to DEM. The PEPR outlines detailed management measures to ensure that the GWKP complies with the MLC. An environmental monitoring program is set out in the PEPR to measure project impacts for reporting against regulatory requirements. Community engagement is a critical part of the PEPR process.
Once the PEPR is approved, Andromeda may commence operations within the Mining Lease.
The GWKP will also be subject to a range of secondary approvals controlled by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and SafeWork SA.
Andromeda is currently undertaking work on the PEPR for the Great White Kaolin Project and will continue to meet with the community and stakeholders to ensure there is a clear understanding of the GWKP.
Further information can be found here.