South Australia has a two-stage approval system.
The first stage involved the application for Mining Tenements. Applications for a Mining Lease (ML) and two Miscellaneous Purpose Licences (MPLs), supported by a Mining Proposal were submitted to the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) in February 2021. The Mining Proposal defined the Proposed Development and provided government and the community information on how it will interact with the environment and included studies into the flora and fauna, hydrology, landscape, air quality, communities, businesses, traffic and infrastructure.
DEM granted ML 6532, MPL 163 and MPL 164 ("Mining Tenements") in December 2021, subject to conditions based on environmental outcomes ("Mining Lease Conditions").
A management plan called a Program for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation (PEPR) is currently being prepared as part of the second stage of the approvals process and will be submitted to DEM. The PEPR outlines control and management strategies to ensure that the GWKP complies with the Mining Lease Conditions. An environmental monitoring program is set out in the PEPR to measure any impacts for reporting against regulatory requirements.
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.
Community engagement is a critical part of the PEPR process. Andromeda is currently undertaking work on its PEPR submission and will continue to meet with the community and stakeholders to ensure there is a clear understanding of the GWKP.
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