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Stockman Project

The Stockman Project is located approximately 19 kilometres east of Benambra in East Gippsland. The project includes areas covered by Mining Licence 5523 (MIN5523) and is focused on mining copper and zinc at two locations. The project also includes a separate infrastructure mining licence (MIN006642) that covers the tailings storage facility.

The Authority Holder for the site (both licences) is WHSP Stockman Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Round Oak Minerals Pty Ltd (formerly CopperChem Pty Ltd), which itself is owned by Australian ASX listed company Washington H. Soul Pattison Pty Ltd.

Current status and future plans

In 2014 an Environment Effects Statement (EES) was prepared for the proposed mining project at the site. The then Minister for Planning's Ministerial Assessment of the EES recommended that the project should proceed subject to the recommendations of the EES Inquiry. The mining project requires several regulatory approvals before it can commence.

On 24 July 2018, WHSP Stockman was granted an infrastructure mining licence over the site of the existing tailings storage facility. The site was identified in the Environment Effects Statement for this purpose. An infrastructure mining licence is solely for the construction of a facility or other infrastructure to be used for mining under another licence.

WHSP Stockman will now need to submit a work plan application for the proposed mining operation, including mining, processing and tailings storage before it can commence mining operations. The work plan application will need to satisfy the recommendations set out in the 2014 Ministerial Assessment of the Environmental Effects Statement for the project and the requirements under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act, 1990.

Community engagement

WHSP Stockman has a duty to consult with the community throughout the period of any licence that is granted under Section 39A of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990. Earth Resources Regulation expects all licence holders to respond to reasonable community inquiries about the project, including inquiries from people located downstream of the site.

Community members can participate in the consultation process at any time during a project's life cycle. Any concerns that community members have with the project can be discussed with WHSP Stockman directly. You can contact WHSP Stockman here.

Matters of community interest

WHSP Stockman intend to expand the existing tailings storage facility for its new mining operations, in line with the former Minister for Planning's Ministerial Assessment of the 2014 Environmental A list of links relating to the Stockman Project that may be of interest to the local community is below.

Rehabilitation Bond

The holder of a mining licence must provide the State with a rehabilitation bond for the estimated amount to rehabilitate the land prior to the commencement to mining works.

Post Closure Safeguards

A deed is in place between WHSP Stockman and the Victorian Government under which the licence holder has agreed to fund the cost to monitor and maintain the tailings storage facility in perpetuity after the completion of mining and rehabilitation. The deed includes a requirement for the company to provide the State with a bond in the amount of $5.77 million.

Regulatory compliance

Earth Resources Regulation ensures that operators comply with the conditions of their licences. View more information on compliance activities.


To contact WHSP Stockman, you can phone (03) 5159 1300 or email WHSP Stockman.

Contact Earth Resources Regulation

We welcome your feedback. If you have any queries regarding the Stockman Project, call us on (03) 8392 6050 or email us.