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Area work plan guidelines for exploration

Cover photo: Area Work Plan Guidelines for ExplorationA guide for exploration, retention, mining and prospecting licence holders preparing exploration work plans

Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990

November 2014

ISBN: 978-1-74199-823-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-74199-824-5 (Web)

Introduction

Mineral exploration activities in Victoria are regulated under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSDA) by the Earth Resources Regulation Branch (ERR) of the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).

This guideline is designed to assist licensees to prepare an area work plan for exploration. The basic requirements for work plans are set out in Schedule 14 of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2013 (MRSDMIR).

Licensees must have an approved work plan prior to undertaking exploration work, other than low impact exploration on a licence.

While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this guideline, should any conflict become apparent between the guidelines and the MRSDA or the MRSDMIR, then the MRSDA and the MRSDMIR will prevail.

What is an area work plan?

An area work plan allows for the approval of certain exploration activities throughout defined project areas without requiring formal approval of individual work sites. The advantage of this approach is that the requirement for work plan variations is significantly reduced compared to the standard work plan approach described below. Licensees with an approved area work plan can undertake the approved exploration activities over the life of the project, provided all relevant requirements of the Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration 2014 (the code) and any specific licence conditions are met. Further information about exploration activities, terminology and standard conditions is provided in the code.

What exploration activities can be carried out under an area work plan?

Area work plans are suitable for approval of lower intensity exploration activities. These may include:

  • Narrow-diameter drilling including auger, open-hole percussion, reverse circulation, air core, rotary air-blast drilling, rotary mud and diamond drilling.
  • Ditch witch sampling (trenches no more than 1m deep and 150mm wide).
  • Levelling of a site to allow a drill rig to operate on a level surface for safety reasons.
  • Off-track vehicle access (provided ground conditions are trafficable).
  • Minor clearing or cutting of vegetation, involving hand lopping of branches, clearing of small areas of understorey, or clearing affecting a small number of trees.

Area work plans are not suitable for exploration proposals involving significant clearing of vegetation, costeaning and bulk sampling, significant excavation to establish drill pads, road and track construction or underground exploration.

Standard work plans

Standard work plans can be used for any type of exploration. Under a standard work plan the licensee must provide site specific information about each stage of the exploration project to obtain work plan approval. In particular, high disturbance exploration activities require approval under a standard work plan (for example, significant clearing of vegetation, bulk sampling and costeaning, wide diameter drilling, road and track construction and working in steep terrain). Underground exploration also requires approval under a standard work plan.

If additional exploration sites are identified during the course of an exploration program, these must be submitted for approval under a work plan variation before the exploration works can proceed. Further information on standard work plans can be found in the department's Standard work plan guidelines for exploration (2014).

Low impact exploration

Low impact exploration can be undertaken without an approved plan (either an area work plan or a standard work plan), but must be conducted in accordance with the code and licence conditions.

Low impact exploration is defined in Schedule 4 of the MRSDA, as exploration that does not involve any of the following:

  1. the use of explosives;
  2. the taking of flora listed under section 10 or Schedule 2 of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, unless that flora is taken from private land that is not owned by a public authority;
  3. the taking of flora from a community listed under section 10 or Schedule 2 of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, unless that community is found on private land that is not owned by a public authority;
  4. the taking of fauna listed under section 10 or Schedule 2 of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988;
  5. the taking of any taxon or community of flora or fauna from any habitat or parts of habitat under section 20 of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988;
  6. the removal or damaging of more than 1 hectare of native vegetation if that area does not contain any native trees during either the term of the licence or a period of 5 years from the grant of the licence, whichever ends first;
  7. the removal or damaging of more than 15 native trees that have a trunk diameter of less than 40 cm at a height of 1.3 metres above ground level during either the term of the licence or a period of 5 years from the grant of the licence, whichever ends first;
  8. the removal or damaging of more than 5 native trees that have a trunk diameter of 40 cm or more at a height of 1.3 metres above ground level during either the term of the licence or a period of 5 years from the grant of the licence, whichever ends first;
  9. the creation of any road, structure or hardstand area without the consent of the owner or occupier of the land on which it is created;
  10. the use of any closed road without the consent of the owner or occupier of the land on which the road is located or undertaking works on any road without the consent of the owner or occupier of the land on which the road is located;
  11. ground intrusive work that:
    1. is within 200 metres of a waterway; or
    2. is on a slope steeper than 1 vertical : 3 horizontal; or
    3. is of greater than 2 hectares in an area of cultural heritage sensitivity during either the term of the licence or a period of 5 years from the grant of the licence, whichever ends first; or
    4. involves taking water from an aquifer, hydraulic fracturing, or excavation using heavy earth moving equipment.

Starting work under an area work plan

Prior to commencing work on the ground, ERR and the relevant Crown land Manager (if the work is on Crown land) must be notified in writing 21 days prior to the commencement date, and provided with a work schedule.

The work schedule will not require further formal approval by DEDJTR, but the licensee will be required to discuss any issues raised by ERR or the Crown land Manager, and modify the work schedule in accordance with any directions from ERR, before work can commence.

The work schedule should include:

  • A description of the exploration works.
  • Accurate site plans (the site plans should include enough information so that another person can find the proposed work sites), showing the location of the exploration works and access routes in relation to readily identifiable geographic features, such as tracks, buildings and fences, waterways and vegetation.
  • Information on the location and conservation status of native vegetation and the presence of threatened flora and fauna.
  • Any other relevant site-specific information about impacts and proposed control or mitigation measures and rehabilitation.

In addition to submitting the work schedule, the licensee would be required to obtain any consents that were not granted in conjunction with the approval of the area work plan. These might include land owner / occupier compensation or consent agreements, consent to work on restricted Crown land and consent under section 45 of the MRSDA to work within 100m of a dwelling.

Information requirements for an area work plan

The following sections describe the information to be included, where applicable, in an area work plan. The level of detail that should be provided in the work plan will depend on the complexity of the project, as indicated by the type of exploration activities proposed and the characteristics of the project area.

1. Project overview

This section should provide a brief summary of the proposal, including expected commencement and finishing dates and applicant details such as:

  • licence holder
  • licence number
  • company representatives for the project.

2. Proposed exploration activities

This section should describe the proposed exploration activities in as much detail as possible (for example, diamond drilling, ditch witch sampling) and include a description of the likely magnitude and extent of the works at any location. The description should include:

  • Method of operation and details about equipment, including dimensions of machinery.
  • The predicted level of disturbance of the exploration activities, for example:
    • typical area of impact at any one time
    • maximum number of drill holes open at any one time
    • dimensions of typical work sites (for example, size of drill pad)
  • Working hours.

3. Characteristics of project areas

A project area is that part of the exploration licence where the proposed works will occur. Licensees can nominate one or more project areas which can vary in size up to the extent of the licence boundary. This section should describe the environmental features and land use characteristics of the project areas and include details on aspects such as:

  • Land tenure (for example, private, Crown land, and road reserve).
  • Land use (for example, pasture, cropping, irrigation, forestry, residential, industrial and nature conservation).
  • Landform and soil (for example, topography, soil erosion potential, drainage lines and water bodies).
  • Native vegetation and its conservation status (for example, Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs)) and the presence of threatened flora and fauna.
  • Location of historic or archaeological sites, including: 19th century goldfield features such as mullock heaps, machinery foundations, house sites and tracks.
  • Location of areas of cultural heritage sensitivity and Aboriginal archaeological sites such as scarred trees, stone arrangements and scatters, middens, mounds, quarries, burial sites and rock art.

The purpose of collating this information is to:

  • Provide a basis for assessing the type of impacts that exploration activities may cause in the project area.
  • Provide a basis for appropriate site selection (for example, steepness of terrain and access).
  • Determine who should be consulted about potential impacts.
  • Determine what control options should be implemented to ensure that the risk of potential impacts is minimised to an appropriate level.

This section should also describe any sensitive features (Table 1) in the project area that may be affected by exploration activities. Table 2 provides a format for presenting information about land use characteristics and environmental features.

Table 1. Examples of sensitive features

Sensitive Features

  • Areas of cultural heritage sensitivity.
  • National parks and conservation reserves.
  • Residential areas. (Note: Section 45 of the MRSDA requires the owner’s consent to certain exploration works within 100m of a dwelling.)
  • Zones of high erosion potential, landslip prone areas, highly dispersive soils.
  • Natural water bodies, riparian areas & wetland, Ramsar sites, Important Wetlands and drinking water catchments.
  • Recreational areas and community facilities.
  • Presence of vulnerable, rare or threatened flora and fauna species or communities (those species and communities protected under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 or Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999).
  • Habitat of threatened or rare species.
  • EVCs listed as depleted, vulnerable or endangered.
  • Areas or items of high aesthetic or scenic value.
  • Highly visible areas.

Table 2. Sample format for summarising information about environmental features and land characteristics

PROJECT AREA 1: Land characteristics

Landforms /

topography / soil

Land use

Land tenure

Remnant vegetation

Sensitive features

  • low undulating hills
  • grazing
  • urban areas
  • forestry
  • private land
  • restricted Crown land: regional park
  • EVC 61, Box Ironbark
  • stands of EVC 61
  • heritage inventory site: XXXX

PROJECT AREA 2: Land characteristics

Landforms /

topography / soil

Land use

Land tenure

Remnant vegetation

Sensitive features

  • Low rises-undulating
  • urban areas
  • cropping
  • grazing
  • forestry
  • unrestricted Crown land: state forest
  • private land

EVC 175 grassy woodlands

  • high quality stands of EVC 175
  • Alluvial plains and drainage lines

(Note: this information should also be provided on site maps)

4. Information sources

There are numerous databases held by State Government which provide useful information on environmental features throughout various parts of the State and many of these are available on the internet (Table 3). However, licensees should consult locally with Crown land Managers (including Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria) and the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and private land owner / occupiers to confirm the accuracy of this information and confirm the occurrence of any sensitive features throughout the project area.

Table 3. Natural resource information sources

Natural resource information

Sources

Land tenure

interactive maps:

  • Tenement Boundaries
  • Crown Land, Restricted Crown Land and Exempt Areas
  • Land Parcels & Property

www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au

(Earth Resources Regulation and Earth Resources Development web page)

-Explore Victoria Online - GeoVic

Map layers: Tenements and Land Status & Boundaries

Landforms & soils

  • state-wide and regional maps & descriptions including: Land Systems, Land Management Units & Soils
  • regional catchment strategies

http://vro.depi.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/vrohome

-Victorian Resources Online

Vegetation

Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC):

  • maps (1:25,000).
  • EVC benchmark datasheets provides species lists, landform, soil & rainfall information.
  • EVC descriptions.

Permitted clearing regulations (NVIM tool)

  • Native vegetation Location risk map
  • Native vegetation condition map
  • Strategic biodiversity score map

www.depi.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/biodiversity/biodiversity-interactive-map

-Biodiversity Interactive map: includes EVC layer, Bioregional conservation status and tree cover & density maps.

-EVC Benchmarks and Descriptions: select ‘Environment and Wildlife’ then ‘Biodiversity’ then ‘EVC Benchmarks’.

-Categorises native vegetation clearing proposals into risk-based pathways. Generates a Biodiversity assessment report for low risk-based clearing proposals.

GeoVic: EVC and tree cover maps are also available on GeoVic (see above) for overlaying Tenement Boundaries and Land Status

  • state-wide and regional native vegetation and biodiversity plans.

http://vro.depi.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/vrohome

-Victorian Resources Online

local government:

  • roadside management plans
  • municipal vegetation strategies
  • municipal weed strategies.

Contact appropriate municipality

Note:

  • Benchmark datasheets are not an exhaustive species list. For more detailed site information seek advice from appropriate regional DELWP staff and consult the Victorian Flora Information System.
  • EVC mapping should be verified with field assessments.

Flora and fauna: species information

  • species lists, descriptions, photographs, sites & maps

www.viridans.com.au

-Victorian Flora Information System; DELWP database (purchase from Viridans)

-Atlas of Victorian Wildlife DELWP database (purchase from Viridans)

www.delwp.vic.gov.au

-Advisory List of Rare Or Threatened Plants In Victoria

-Advisory List Of Threatened Vertebrate Fauna In Victoria

DELWP Flora and Fauna Planners, Biomap

Heritage sites

  • site no., descriptions & coordinates

Heritage Victoria: Heritage Register, list of relevant sites provided when the licence is granted

Aboriginal archaeological sites

  • site no. & coordinates

Aboriginal Affairs Victoria: provides list when licence is granted

  • areas of cultural heritage sensitivity.

www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/aboriginal-affairs/heritage-tools/areas-of-cultural-heritage-sensitivity

-Maps of cultural heritage sensitivity

GeoVic: cultural heritage sensitivity and place maps are also available on GeoVic for overlaying Tenement Boundaries and Land Status

Wetlands

  • maps & descriptions

www.depi.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/biodiversity/biodiversity-interactive-map

-Biodiversity Interactive Map: includes Important Wetlands and Ramsar Wetlands

GeoVic: Wetlands maps are also available on GeoVic for overlaying Tenement Boundaries and Land Status

www.environment.gov.au

-A directory of Important Wetlands in Australia (Department of Heritage and Environment)

-RAMSAR information sheets

Rivers and streams

  • maps & descriptions
  • regional water management plans
  • special area (water supply catchments) plans

http://vro.depi.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/vrohome

Victorian Resources Online

  • index of stream condition

www.vicwaterdata.net

5. Project area maps

Maps clearly identifying the location of the project areas and showing land use and environmental features should be provided at suitable scales such as 1:25,000 or 1:10,000. Project area maps should include features such as:

  • location of the exploration project area with respect to readily identifiable geographic features, such as tracks, buildings and fences
  • topographic contours
  • landforms
  • waterways, streams and tributaries, wetlands or other natural features and their names, if known
  • vegetation
  • sensitive features (Table 1)
  • land tenure.

The amount of information on the project area map will depend on the complexity of the project area (for example, the variation of land types and vegetation across the project area). Figure 1 is an example of the minimum requirements for a project area map.

The project area map should be accompanied with an index map to illustrate where the project area fits in relation to the licence boundary. Figure 2 is an example of an index map.

All plans should include:

  • AMG coordinate grid (GDA 94 map datum)
  • the direction of north
  • legend
  • scale
  • title, date of drawing and date of last revision.

6. Environmental impacts, mitigation and control measures

Generic information about control and mitigation measures for exploration activities is provided by the Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration 2014. However, the actual control or mitigation measures proposed for a specific project should also consider local conditions and stakeholder requirements.

This section should provide:

1. An assessment of the potential environmental impacts of the exploration, for example:

  • soil contamination
  • loss of native vegetation
  • noise and light
  • erosion and sediment inflow to water courses from road or drill pad construction
  • disturbance of fauna.

The assessment should consider both potential onsite and offsite environmental impacts.

2. Proposed measures to mitigate or control environmental impacts such as:

  • Planning work sites to avoid clearing and to minimise the extent of disturbance.
  • Identifying and avoiding sensitive areas such as threatened flora.
  • Maintenance of vehicles and machinery to prevent oil spillage.
  • Constructing noise barriers around drill rigs near residential areas.
  • Scheduling works to coincide with most appropriate field season (for example, avoiding wet periods or breeding periods of sensitive fauna).
  • Installing drainage to divert water around earth works.
  • Sealing drill holes to prevent aquifer contamination.

A suggested framework for evaluating and presenting information about potential environmental impacts over a project area is to assess the impacts in a generic way, based on representative land types across the project area. This may include EVC type, agricultural land use (for example, cropping or grazing land), landform (steep slopes or floodplains) or urban areas. The potential impacts of the exploration activity and determination of appropriate control options can then be assessed for each land type (Table 4). Consultation with land owner/occupiers, the Crown land Manager and other DELWP divisions may also be useful in this process.

Clearing of vegetation

Area work plans may be used for exploration programs involving minor clearing or cutting of native vegetation, such as hand lopping of branches, clearing of small areas of understorey and the removal of a small number of trees.

Clearing of native vegetation for exploration purposes (other than for low impact exploration) can only be undertaken if approved by ERR through the work plan, and if other relevant authorisations have been obtained, such as permits required under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Any decisions about the removal of native vegetation will be guided by the Permitted clearing of native vegetation – Biodiversity assessment guidelines.

The objective for permitted clearing of native vegetation in Victoria is:

  • No net loss in the contribution made by native vegetation to Victoria’s biodiversity.

The key strategies for ensuring that the objective for permitted clearing of native vegetation is achieved are:

  1. avoiding the removal of native vegetation that makes a significant contribution to Victoria’s biodiversity
  2. minimising impacts on Victoria’s biodiversity from the removal of native vegetation
  3. where native vegetation is permitted to be removed, ensuring it is offset in a manner that makes a contribution to Victoria’s biodiversity that is equivalent to the contribution made by the native vegetation to be removed.

The area work plan should provide as much information as possible about any potential requirements to remove vegetation across the project area, and the characteristics, location and conservation significance of the potentially affected vegetation. The work plan must also demonstrate how the three step approach has been applied by outlining how exploration works have been planned to avoid or minimise impacts on vegetation and how offsets (if required) will be achieved.

The level of detail required in the native vegetation assessment in the work schedule will depend on the proposed extent and potential impact of clearing. Licensees should seek the advice of ERR about addressing native vegetation issues early in the planning of an exploration project.

In addition to work plan approval and consents on restricted Crown land, clearing of native vegetation may require approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). This Act protects matters of ‘national environmental significance’. Licensees are required to determine whether this Act applies to their exploration project.

Table 4. Sample format for summarising environmental impact assessments and appropriate control measures.

PROJECT AREA 1

Land type

(for example, EVC type, conservation status, bioregion, category of Crown land, cropping or grazing land)

Exploration activity

Hazardous event / potential impact

Control or mitigation measures

Box Iron Bark

EVC 61, Conservation Status- Vulnerable, Restricted Crown land.

Diamond drilling

Accidental fuel spillage:

-soil contamination

-loss of understorey.

-Use of drip trays.

-Supply of oil-absorbent material to be kept at the work site to clean up spills.

.

Unnecessary clearing in constructing drill pads:

-Loss of native vegetation

-Local loss of threatened species.

-Drilling will be conducted in cleared areas where possible.

-Vegetation assessment will be undertaken to identify areas or sites to be avoided.

-Biodiversity assessment will be undertaken in consultation with Crown land Manager prior to the removal of any trees.

-Level sites will be selected to minimise excavation and preserve root stock.

Introduction of weeds.

-All mobile equipment to be washed prior to entering EVC area.

Urban areas

Diamond drilling

Noise:

-amenity values

-exceeding SEPP limits.

-Consult with residents about working hours.

-Use of noise barriers.

7. Rehabilitation

The area work plan must outline all the likely rehabilitation requirements arising from the proposed works across each project area in as much detail as possible. Table 5 provides a format for outlining generic rehabilitation requirements.

A description of the proposed methods of rehabilitation of any disturbed areas, including revegetation proposals, proposals for the establishment and management of any offsets required under the permitted clearing guidelines and, where relevant, proposals for the removal of plant and equipment must be included in the work plan. Plans for the removal of all material produced on or introduced to the licence, such as drill core, cuttings, sample bags, flagging tape, plant, grid pegs, equipment and any waste materials, should also be outlined.

The proposed rehabilitation must comply with the conditions listed in the relevant sections of the code and refer to relevant DEDJTR guidelines, such as Abandonment of Mineral Drillholes (2002).

The specific methods to be used to rehabilitate areas disturbed by the works proposed in the work plan should be described. For example, the reuse of stockpiled topsoil, surface re-contouring, revegetation with seed-bearing mulch and the rehabilitation of drillholes.

Table 5. Sample format for summarising rehabilitation requirements

Project Area 1

Exploration activity

General rehabilitation requirements

Specific rehabilitation requirements for land type

Narrow diameter drilling /

drill pads

Drill holes will be decommissioned in accordance with the guidelines Abandonment of Mineral Drillholes (2002)

Drill pad rehabilitation will include:

  • ripping of drill pad
  • respreading of stockpiled subsoil and topsoil
  • revegetation.

GRAZING

  • Rehabilitation will be in accordance with land owner compensation or consent agreement.
  • Revegetation with pasture and application of fertiliser.

BOX IRON BARK EVC 61- RESTRICTED CROWN LAND

  • Rehabilitation will be in accordance with the requirements of the Crown land Manager.
  • Respreading of leaf litter
  • Reseeding with locally collected seed and propagules, if required.

8. Consultation and community engagement

The work plan should describe proposed arrangements for consultation with private land owner / occupiers, Crown land Managers and local councils. This section refers to consultation requirements over and above the consents and compensation agreements required by the MRSDA.

Under section 39A of the MRSDA, all licensees have a duty to consult with the community throughout the period of the licence. The type and level of consultation needed depends on the complexity of the project, the potential risks and who may be affected. Information on how to identify communities and the requirements for the duty to consult is provided in the Code and publication Community Engagement Guidelines for Mining and Exploration in Victoria (2008).

Consultation should commence at the design stage of an exploration program to ensure that any risks associated with an operation are identified early in the process, the concerns of private land owner / occupiers and local residents are appropriately considered and exploration works will not cause unnecessary adverse effects or conflict with other land users.

This section should demonstrate that relevant regulatory agencies and stakeholders potentially affected by the proposal have been identified and appropriately consulted about the design of the work plan, and that the licensee has made arrangements to ensure appropriate ongoing consultation will occur during and after the exploration project.

The licensee should provide a list of relevant contacts and organisations in the work plan and also describe how and when they will be contacted. This may include regional staff of ERR, DELWP and Parks Victoria, private land owner / occupiers, indigenous communities, other local residents, special interest groups, the local water authority, the local municipal council, VicRoads and the Catchment Management Authority.

Examples of specific arrangements and requirements for ongoing consultation include:

  • Agreement with the land owner / occupier or Crown land Manager regarding the design and route of access tracks, the location of stored top soil, details of reseeding and rehabilitation, and the timing of this.
  • Safety, access and amenity issues for recreational Crown land users.
  • Impacts of exploration activities, such as drilling, in urban areas and the notification of, and consultation with, local residents prior to commencing works.

In addition to the above, an area work plan must describe the consultation process proposed when a new works schedule is being developed, including how, when or in what circumstances regular ongoing communication will occur.

9. Environmental monitoring, auditing and reporting

The work plan should provide information about the proposed methods of monitoring, auditing and reporting of impacts on the environment.

A monitoring program should be undertaken where there are any aspects of the project that could cause a significant environmental impact. The program should describe how the monitoring will be undertaken and how it will be reported.

For instance, noise monitoring may be required if drilling is undertaken in urban areas or monitoring of rehabilitation works may be required, such as checking the progress of reseeding six months after completion. In areas where a consent is required for exploration works, such as on restricted Crown land (section 44, MRSDA), there may be specific monitoring requirements imposed as a condition of the consent.

The monitoring results should be used to assess whether the impacts of the exploration activities are acceptable and, if not, to determine appropriate control options or mitigation measures and modify operations accordingly. Monitoring and reporting pro formas for incident reporting, environmental issues and rehabilitation are provided in the code.

The results of environmental monitoring, including monitoring of rehabilitation works, should be provided to DEDJTR, as required, and submitted as part of the licensee’s annual technical report. The requirements for annual technical reports are outlined in ‘A Guide for Exploration and Mining Licence Holders for Reporting on Exploration Activities, 2006’. The licensee should also immediately report any environmental or safety incidents or complaints to ERR.

The licensee will be required to provide a report on the final rehabilitation of the licence prior to the return of the rehabilitation bond.

Figure 1: Project area map

Area Work Plan: EL8888 Project Area B

Map showing an Area Work Plan with Roads, Project area, Watercourses Waterbodies, Contours, Crown Land: State Forest, Restricted Crown Land; Regional Park, Urban areas, Cleared grazing area, Native Vegetaion, Flood zone, HV Sites and AV Sites marked.

Figure 2: Index map

Area Work Plan: Project Area Index Map EL8888

Map of Project Area Index Map showing Roads, Project Areas and Exploration Licence Boundary