Mining Warden: Iluka Resources' Douglas Mine Site
On 26 February 2015, the Minister for Energy and Resources, the Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP, requested the Mining Warden, an independent statutory officer, consider whether an investigation was warranted regarding Iluka Resources' operations at the Douglas mine site.
This request was made following a letter Minister D'Ambrosio received from the Kanagulk Landcare Group which raised concerns about practices at the mine.
The Mining Warden has undertaken a detailed review of the situation, including consideration of the issues raised by the Kanagulk Landcare Group.
On 1 March 2016, Minister D'Ambrosio received a response from the Mining Warden. While the Mining Warden found an investigation was not warranted, the Mining Warden has recommended the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources consider ways to improve the overall monitoring and regulation of the site.
Download a copy of the Mining Warden's responseMining Warden's review (PDF 482.42 KB) or Mining Warden's Review (DOCX 104.86 KB).
These recommendations relate to further government review of the rehabilitation of a mining pit and whether further remediation is required; whether any further environmental protection is required on the site; and consideration of increasing resourcing for compliance monitoring and enforcement action over a pit.
Minister D'Ambrosio asked the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) to develop a formal response and implementation plan.
DEDJTR prepared a response with advice from the Environment Protection Authority and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Actions are underway to significantly improve the Department's regulatory function for earth resources, in response to the Minister's Statement of Expectations. The Minister's Statement and the Department's response is available here.